Sunday, 19 April 2015

It's finished!

Hello ladies, I'm checking in for the SAL run by Avis and Claire and ... my piece is finished!

For those that haven't seen this project before, this is my Save The Stitches blackwork sampler designed by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.



All the blackwork is stitched, all the beads are added.  Since then it has also been backed and sent off to the Quilt and Stitch Village to take part in the embroidery show!  Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos other than this one, taken on my tablet.  My camera had died by this point (this was last week) and so I just sent it off with the intention of taking pictures when I get to the show.  Cue lots of worrying about whether it'll get lost/damaged/stolen/run over by a fork-lift truck/eaten by a herd of cows...  

As you can see, it's very long, about 40" I seem to remember?  I will take some more pictures when I get to the show and I'll measure it when I get it home and post about it again.  I can't help strutting a bit about this one, it's almost a year's work!


You can go and see what the other participants have been up to here:



Claire at Claire93's blog

Gun at Rutigt



Alison at Minerva Handmade


32 comments:

aslightobsessionwithbooks said...

That is amazing! Congrats on such a beautiful finish :)

HeathersSewingRoom said...

What a stunning piece of work. Congratulations on finishing it as it looks like a real labour of love and a piece you will cherish.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Wonderful, congratulations on this great finish. What an accomplishment.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Sheryl S. said...

Stunning work Wendy, a real masterpiece. I have been following your updates on this beautiful blackwork design and hope that later you will post more photos for us to appreciate better the enormous amount of intricate stitching that has gone into this amazing beauty. Hope you win some sort of pin, badge, prize, award, cheque, round-the-world cruise or somesuch at the show :-))

claire93 said...

gorgeous! what a wonderful sense of acheivement ^^

rutigt said...

Congratulations!!!! It´ s so beautiful! You should be proud!
Gun

Pamela said...

I love this piece and hope to stitch it myself one day. Congrats on a beautiful finish!

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Wendy
Wow! It looks wonderful - no wonder you are proud. Many congratulations.
Best wishes
Ellie

Kate said...

Wendy, your Blackwork Sampler is beautiful!!!

Henry's Shed said...

Wow! That is so beautiful! I love blackwork, although I haven't done any for years - you may have just inspired me to put a blackwork project on my to-do list! xx

Christine said...

It's beautiful!

Sandra :) said...

WOW that's not just a finish - that's a FINISH! It looks great - I can't wait to see the "finished project" pictures - I'm sure the cows wouldn't dare nibble, lol! Congratulations on sticking with it - I'm not sure I would have had the patience for that amount of teeny tiny work!

sewingbesidethesea said...

Wow! It's beautiful. I must stitch this design one day :-)

Sarah in Stitches said...

It's gorgeous! I can't believe how big it is. Great job! Fingers crossed that it does well at the show :D

Rachel said...

Well done - imagine me frolicking around the house in sympathy. Not only finished, but looking great!

Fiona said...

this is an outstanding piece of work.... are you very pleased with it.... I hope so... it's just gorgeous....
Hugz

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Congratulations - it's beautiful. I know you must be experiencing a range of emotions - relief and satisfaction that it's done, but also a bit lost now that it's not sitting there, waiting for you. I took a couple of days to adjust to the fact I'd finished my last big piece, but then there's the excitement of starting something new, or the feeling you can do anything and picking up another WIP to power through. Well done.

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

After investing more than a year, you should strut a little. Your stitching is absolutely beautiful.

Jane Galley said...

Wendy, I can't tell how pleased I am to see this finished. I've enjoyed watching it grow from the start to the finish. It's beautiful. Hope it does well at the show, and I can't wait to see the photos. Fantastic work

ukcitycrafter said...

Wendy it looks amazing, a real work of art. Well done! Have you got a place in mind for it in your home?

ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

Anita said...

Congratulations Wendy! It looks amazing! beautiful stitching as always:-)

Shirlee Fassell said...

Congratulations! Stitching well done!

Christine Barnsley said...

What a beautiful piece of embroidery! Simply stunning! :) x

SuperMomNoCape said...

I think I've probably said this before but I've loved this from the first time you showed us your first blocks. It is as stunning as I imagined it would be. You have truly created an heirloom piece.

Thanks so much for linking up to my new Stitchery Link Party!

Kerryp77 said...

What an accomplishment, it is an amazing design beautifully stitched. I'd be doing a happy dance too. Well done and o look forward to more photos

Renee said...

I have fallen WAY behind on reading blogs. I am SO glad you shared this with the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape! I remember when you first started on this one (and a frustration along the way?) It was always one of my favorite projects to check in on. It is gorgeous! And 40 inches?! You should be strutting with this one. How wonderful to know it is going to be in a show. Absolutely stunning work!

Celtic Thistle said...

What a fantastic finish Wendy! I am sure that any passing cows/ fork lift truck drivers would be too stunned to do anything other than stand back and admire it :)

Marly said...

Beautiful! I've done a lot of patchwork, but never tried monochrome designs. Something else to try!

Vera said...

wow, that is fabulous! I have never seen such thing. well done Wendy!

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

It's magnificent Wendy. Very well done!

Cath said...

This looks spectacular. Amazing achievement!

Carrie P. said...

WOW! it is awesome. Congrats!