Well, the year of the needle is well underway and I have now - admittedly a little later in the year than I intended - finished my second tapestry for the year!!!
This is the Hug Tapestry by Emily Peacock. I love it!! I stayed up to past midnight last night working on it and didn't finish it, so this morning I did the last little bits and removed it from the frame that I work on.
This will be framed to hang on the wall in our bedroom. We have enough cushions around the house, and I think that Hugs are appropriate for a bedroom aren't they.
The finished size is (according to the kit) approximately 69 x 24 cm which is about 27 x 9 inches. Of course it will be larger when it is framed. The piece will need to be stretched over a board before it is framed, but I will have the framers do that for me then they can make sure the board is the right size for the frame and so on.
I have stretched pieces and framed them myself before, but I want this to be done professionally this time as I think the piece is really worth it.
I just adore the detail in the letters as well as their overall graphic appearance. This really appeals to my design sensibilities. Such as they are you understand...
The letters worked up quite quickly, but the background and borders top and bottom took longer than I expected. That is OK though. I started this piece in the middle of February, so finishing it at the start of April isn't too bad at all considering that the previous one took me, oh, about 8 years!!! Not, ahem, that I was working on it for all of the 8 years you understand.
This is worked differently than the last tapestry I finished. This is counted cross stitch and you follow a chart. The chart is printed really clearly and in colour which makes it much easier to follow than black and white charts. It is a good size as well - it matches the finished item pretty much. Again that makes it easy to work from.
I was given this kit as a gift by my lovely Hubby, but I would definitely recommend buying one.
So, what is next?
The companion piece of course! I will actually wait until this one is done - which if I go at the same pace should be mid May - and then get them both framed at the same time.
Two down, just 7 more to go this year. What do you think? 7 in 9 months?
Have a hug from me today!