Monday, 20 August 2012

James Dean and the Labour of Love


Oh my. 
There are those ideas that take a lot longer to come to fruition than initially thought. 
This is one of them.


My beloved Aunty is a huge fan of James Dean. She has been as long as I can remember.


So, for her 40th birthday, I thought that I would stitch her a picture of him. In a lovely grey and purple colour scheme to compliment her decor.


What I was not banking on, was the fact that what you see before you is not the original one (that was black & white and I royally fluffed it) and that it took me, in all, a number of years to complete.


SEVEN years to be precise. So, I felt it only right to take a photo of the very last stitch.


To get to this stage, as her birthday approached, it took 3 solid days of stitching, followed by 3 solid nights of stitching. I am talking 6am to 2am.

There were moments of delirium, I shant lie.


But, I am nothing if unable to work well under pressure, and do you know what? 
I DID IT!!!
(despite overshooting slightly there on the left. Such a waste of time)


And it was wrapped in 7  layers of paper and ribbon -  one for each year my Aunty should have received it.

Phew!
(never again)



23 comments:

  1. This is superb! Absolutely wonderful, well done you! I bet she'll love it.
    I started an art nouveau sampler last century I believe and after going completely wrong with one of the two peacocks, I had a hissy fit and it has remained untouched ever since.

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  2. Blimey, consider me thoroughly impressed!
    xx

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  3. As some one who goes cross eyed at the mere thought of counted cross stitch, I am in utter admiration of your skills and above all patience! It looks wonderful and was definitely worth the many many hours it took to finish! xx

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  4. Wow, amazing!All those hours totally paid off!xx

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  5. Oh, my goodness, well done! A couple of my friends do cross stitch but I have never managed to get to grips with it. It's my eyesight, I lose my place and forget where I am and the whole thing becomes shambolic. Anything where I have to be counting throws me.

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  6. WOWS!!! Clever! Well done you!

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  7. Gorgeous work, my love! I have nothing but admiration for counted cross stichers being a lazy needlepointer ( draw it and colour it in) meself! Your auntie will love it.
    xxx

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  8. That is one fine piece of work, I bet Aunty loved it, I do! x

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  9. Well done you! I have been working on a cross stitch since about 1992, and it's still only half done.... X

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  10. Well done! I love a bit of cross stitch.

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  11. Well done!! I have a project like that too. Going on five years and still haven't given my mom her Christmas Angel cross stitch, lol.

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  12. Big congrats, as a cross stitcher myself I can empathise. I once did a map of Sussex on linen - never again!

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  13. That is so incredibly awesome! Amazing work, my dear! I'm a fellow cross stitcher myself, and fully understand the work that went in to this amazing piece.

    ♥ Jessica

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  14. That really is a labour of love but so worth it.... it's fantastic!! I love James Dean too :) x

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  15. Well done you, a lesser woman would have given up! I did a cross stitch for my niece's birthday once. It was supposed to be for her 4th or 5th birthday, but I think she was about 7 when she actually received it!

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  16. Wow! I am sure your Aunty will treasure this.

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  17. Thanks lovelies! She does love it :) So - it was all worth it in the end :)

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  18. That's amazing - well done! Glad your Aunty was chuffed too.

    Nikki x

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  19. Oh. My. Word. That is amazing! Well done you! (My mum is still stitching her embroidery that was meant for my nursery. She says it'll be ready for her grandchildren!)

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  20. Fabulous and very heart warming - I'm knitting sweater that I started 5 yrs ago so I feel your delirium!

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