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A finish that was a long time coming

In my last post, I wrote about finally FFO’ing (fully finishing) a piece that I had designed and stitched last year, but finally got into a frame. Well, this story goes back WAY further than just last year.

At my best guess, about ten years ago I was working on a cross stitch project. I believe that I have shared that I make bobbin lace in addition to stitching. This was a pattern that a fellow lacemaker shared with me – a cross stitch image of a lacemaker. How perfect to combine my two loves. I was able to order it from X-Calibre Cross Stitch Designs and began work. I decided at that time that I wanted it to be small and delicate and so I began stitching it 1 over 1 on 32 count fabric. This design uses only 8 shades of DMC floss and I was amazed that so few colors could produce such stunning results.

I know I worked on it for some time. I know I likely got a little tired of it, despite the fact that I am usually a one-project-at-a-time stitcher. But, I have no memory of exactly why I stopped working on it. Especially given how close I was to a finish.

At some time this fall, a memory popped up on my Instagram – a “on this date three years ago” kind of thing. And there was a picture of me, a thumbnail pic from a Flosstube video at that time, holding up this piece and saying that I really should get it finished. I knew exactly where it was tucked away, stitching, pattern, and thread. The seed got planted in the back of my mind.

I’ve had some projects in the works over the last few months that I haven’t shared publicly as they will be future WorksByABC releases. And, a few weeks ago, I was between projects. Meaning, I had just finished one and was awaiting fabric for the next. What to do with my nightly stitching time? I revisited in my head the very few WIPs I have and then I remembered this lady. It was time to pull her out and finish her.

I am so glad I did.

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