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? 
(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.

(never again)


  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.

  2. Blimey, consider me thoroughly impressed!

  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

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

  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.

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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

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

  14. 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!

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

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

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

    Nikki x

  18. 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!)

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


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