Still More Progress

Close-up of the right-hand edge

Close-up of the right-hand edge

I’ve been making more progress, and in fact passed another milestone this past week.

I’ve reached the right-hand edge and started to stitch just on the top section for  a while. Suddenly it feels quicker, because although I’m making progress at the same rate as before (the stitching itself hasn’t speeded up!) I sometimes manage two or more rows in a session, and the sections of design that are covered are side-by-side, and thus more noticeable.

A View Of The Whole

A View Of The Whole

So here is the whole thing to show the progress that I’ve made. I’ve unpicked and removed the line of gold I put in following the black line, because in fact it isn’t running exactly where I want it to, even if it is running along the line I drew.

I sink the threads in batches at the end of a session, which means they don’t slow me down when I’m nicely “in flow”, but it looks neat and easy to understand when I get back to it. When I’ve reached the black line (the correct one!) I shall stop working on the top section and work on the bottom section until that is done, then I will have the last section to work which should go more speedily as there will only be one colour to stitch.

I’m beginning to have hopes of finishing this in time to use it as a Christmas card. Now I just need to work out how to frame it…!



  1. Janice says:

    It’s beautiful Rachel. I set myself the same sort of milestones when I’m doing something repetitive. It’s funny how sometimes a change of colour can make all the difference!

    Good luck with the Christmas deadline – and if you don’t finish it, there’s always next year!

  2. Lady Fi says:

    It really does have a greaceful charm all of its own.

  3. It’s beautiful Rachel … I admire your patience and determination to get it right and keep at it. Was just reading about the elephant, and all the stitching and unpicking that went on. Worth it in the end though!

  4. Penny says:

    Its lovely! I know your feelings as you move at the same pace but seem to be advancing quicker. I think its because enough is done now that you can actually picture the end being nearer.

  5. Elmsley Rose says:

    It’d make a brilliant Christmas card!

  6. I love those halos. What a labour of love.

  7. coral-seas says:

    I thought that it would feel as if you are progressing more quickly once the ‘circle’ broke the right hand edge. It think it is stunning!

  8. karen says:

    oh please don’t use it a as a Christmas card. I don’t know, maybe it’s the hours you have put into it but I think it deserves to be more special than that.

  9. Susan says:

    Wonderful Rachel! And maybe Karen thought you were going to send the original as a Christmas card? I thought you meant you would take a picture and send it out?? THAT would be wonderful!