Friday, 1 July 2011

Happy Dance

O happy day, but also slightly sad -  opus magnum perfectus!   My masterpiece is complete. This has been a true pleasure to stitch and so although I have done the


and not once either -  twice!!

I am truly sorry in many ways that this journey is over.

Dare I say it, the section that commemorates my closest neighbours, Australia,  is the portion I dislike most -  that trite verse and that cat and the black swan!   Somehow they don't seem to fit with the 'Historic' part of the name but as I have said before each single portion of this amazing sampler blends to form a whole, both in colour and design.   The lines of specialty stitches on this portion took me back to my childhood days of learning stitching with wool on a freshly washed hessian sugar sack!   Oops does that show my age a little?

Anyway from start to finish this has been one of my most lovely and memorable stitching journeys and I worry that I will not find again, another such masterpiece to tempt me and my needle.   22.06.11 would have been more satisfying but was impossible to manage and in a fit of pique I decided to omit the zero in front of the six and so emphasize to myself for evermore that try as I might I couldn't get this finished early enough to have a truly symmetrical start and finish date.   With slight deviations for a few other necessary projects such as The Memory Book, the road to completion took just over six months.   Not once did I lose interest; only once did I complain about one of the stitches (that dreaded faggot stitch!!).  

And finally here is the HDHBEM holding up my lovely and beloved Historic Countries Sampler.

Have a great weekend everyone.   I will be back next week to tell you what my needle has chosen for the next project.

16 comments:

  1. WOW!
    It is absolutely STUNNING!!!
    Huge congratulations :)

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  2. Wow. I think this is the first one I have seen finished. Well done. It is indeed a masterpiece. xxst

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  3. Gorgeous! It's great that you were able to find such a large project that kept your interest through-out the entire journey of stitching it. A big Congratulations to you!

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  4. Congratulations on your beautiful finish!

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  5. An amazing piece, well done. I hope you find something that appeals to you soon - what about something like "And They Sinned" - it would keep you going for a while!

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  6. What a spectacular piece of stitching - congratulations!!!

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  7. It truly is a masterpiece Margaret! Congrats on such a fabulous finish!

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  8. What a truly amazing piece! Heartfelt congratulations to you!! Amazing, just amazing! Kudos!!

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  9. Wow! That is a beautiful and stunning piece of work! Congrats on your historical finish!!

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  10. Congrats with finishing your sampler.
    Although Australia doesn't look Australian too me. That kangaroo looks a lot like a cat I would say.
    But you're right ...the overall impression is gorgeous. :)

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  11. Congrats on the finish, it's a just gorgeous!

    Hugs,

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  12. Incredible accomplishment! BRAVO!!!

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  13. My gosh, that is incredible! It would take me YEARS to finish! You are amazing! How lovely and thank you so much for sharing it with us! It's just beautiful.

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  14. May I add my congratulations? Well done, especially as you weren't too keen on the last bit, some might have given up and stuck it in the big basket!

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  15. A true accomplishment.
    You must be so proud!
    Linda

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