Tuesday, May 29, 2012

C'est Fini

Forty-five minutes ago, at 8:15 p.m., I put the last stitch in the piece I began 89 days ago. Then, with a mixture of satisfaction and sadness, I took the cloth out of the hoop, folded it, swept the floor and did the dishes.

There will be pictures tomorrow, camera willing. I am very happy with it. It still needs to be stretched and there may be some small touch ups, but it is done.

Figuring on an average of three hours a day, it took 267 hours. That doesn't seem like much, but it was enough to give me tendonitis in my right hand. (Yes, I suffered for my art!)

The next pieces will be smaller, probably single pages from the Codex. The last three months of work have taught me a lot, sharpened my skills, and proven my patience. Just when I thought it would never end, it seemed like elves came in the night and I was almost done.

I think I will have a wee glass of wine to celebrate.

6 comments:

  1. onesmallstitch9:42 PM

    why not have 2 glasses? can't wait to see the finished work - that's alot of hours.

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  2. Congratulations! you deserve a treat on finishing such an astounding piece of work.

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  3. i understand your pain. and joy!

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  4. Heather, I am beyond amazed at your diligence and perseverance. And your talent! Congrats on completing such a wonderful project! Can't wait to see it mounted and complete.

    Hope your hand heals quickly. Tendinitis is not fun.

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  5. congratulations......I do hope to see the final result, and 'cheers'

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  6. Satisfaction and sadness, yes. Then do the laundry. And the floor. And the dishes - yes. isn't that always the way? Looking forward to seeing the photos. So glad you kept track of the time spent. I try to do that, but invariably forget every now and then, losing track.

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