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Sunday, January 10, 2016

A new journey begins ...

I have started the New Year with a new project - HAED's Christmas Dreams (artwork by Dona Gelsinger, cross stitch adaptation by Michele Sayetta).



It is the largest project I have ever undertaken. I am stitching on 22 count, so the finished design will be 72 cm wide x 48 cm high (28.5" x 19").  I was quite daunted when I downloaded the chart, and got 74 A4 pages printed.  Luckily, there were only 66 pages of chart.  My floor frame wasn't wide enough to accommodate the fabric, so I have turned the project sideways. I started my project at the bottom left hand corner, on chart page 56, which I have just completed, and I have now moved on to page 45.

Christmas Dreams, 10/1/16

My aim is to complete a page a month this year, and also to stitch one or two Christmas ornaments per month.  It's pretty fluid.  I'll see how it pans out!  

17 comments:

Justine said...

What a lovely challenge you've set yourself! You're off to a great start on this gorgeous project. Have fun!

Lesley said...

This is a gorgeous design and you have made a great start on it.

Annie said...

I have this chart! I love it! Not sure when I'll get around to starting it....
You've made a wonderful start! Looking forward to watching it grow.

Emma/Itzy said...

Great new stitching! Enjoy - I look forward to seeing it grow :)

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Wow it is a very great project
you did a beautiful start up

Linda said...

Beautiful chart and great start.

Linda

Julie said...

Such a super project, great start you have made to it.

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Blu said...

What a gorgeous project! I look forward to your progress.

Annie said...

What a stunning project!!! If I was ever brave enough to try a HEAD (as if that would ever happen lol) I would definitely go for that kind of chart:)) I'm really looking forward to following your journey on this one, as well as all your new ornaments!

Astrids dragon said...

Oh wow, can't wait to see your progress on this! I still have one I need to start, maybe this will be the year.

Brigitte said...

What wonderful project this is. And you had a very good start on it.

Lizzy Pizzy said...

What an amazing start. HAEDs are enormous, but so gorgeous. Might I ask how many threads you are using to stitch this. I began a HAED design many years ago on 22ct Hardanger fabric using two threads over 1 and full crosses and it soon became too tight to work comfortably. I sat the project aside and have not got back to it...

Lizzy Pizzy said...

OK, I have just seen your detailed notes about this project in your side bar... please disregard my question above... My apologies :) You are obviously happy with the coverage of 2 threads on 22ct in tent stitch - I had been contemplating the same as I think the ship has long since sailed on which my eyes would let me work long hours over 1 on a much higher count... I tip my hat to those able to do it - LOL. Yours looks great in the photo anyway.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's an epic chart! I'm thinking it will be a three year project! Looking forward to following your progress each month.

Lynne Frankham said...

I had the same experience with my first HAED. Iam doing what I found worked best for me with that one - two threads tent stitch.

Linda Harris said...

Wow what a lovely challenge you have set yourself - this is going to be absolutely beautiful