Monday, 24 October 2016

She's almost done!

Last night I finished another page (the top right panel) of the behemoth HAED "The Hermit".

I have two exciting panels left to finish and I cannot wait to finish. It will be bittersweet as I have toiled over this baby for almost 5 years.  *sniff*

Friday, 26 February 2016

Long overdue update!

Hello my stitching friends!

It's been so long since I updated this blog.  I have been stitching away on the Hermit and have an update for you!  You can see The Hermit's ear now!!!

Working with a piece of fabric this big has had its challenges.  I used a Q-snap for a long time and then switched to the O-ring.  When I started work on the new page (bottom middle) about a month ago, I started having some issues with numbness in the last two fingers of my right hand.  I deduced that my ulnar nerve was being irritated from having my elbow bent for long periods of time - some nights, I could be stitching for 2-3 hours.  I concluded that I needed a new system for holding my fabric that saved my hand from going numb, so I bought a lap stand.

It has been a Godsend.  The only criticism I have is that the screws don't stay tight on the scroll bar so that the scroll will swivel when I don't want it to. It's not a big deal and my husband actually added a washer which has helped keep the screws tight.

I am starting to see the end is in sight for The Hermit.  I have about 5 pages left to stitch.  It will probably take me the rest of this year to finish.  I can hardly wait!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hermit Update!

Well, it's been 4 months and another page of the mammoth project, The Hermit, is complete. This was actually page 1 of the chart.  As some of my readers will recall, I started stitching in the middle of the chart. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

This was the fastest page completion in a while.  6 weeks!!!

I have a little over 8 pages left to complete.  Hard to believe how far it's come along since starting way back in March, 2012.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Hermit Update.

Well, it's been four months so it must be time for another page finish!  And it is!!  I completed the lower right panel late last night.  This is one mammoth of a project!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Winter Stitching

Stitching in the winter really is the best.  There's no better excuse to stitch when it's -30°C outside.

I started page 2 of The Witching Hour in early January and finished it last night.    This mini HAED really is a lot of fun to stitch.  I do miss the Hermit a little but have decided to stick with this one for another month or two and will get started on page 3 tonight.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Project Rotation

I decided to put The Hermit away for a little while and get back to work on The Witching Hour.  I forgot how much greys and blacks there are in WH.  It's been moving pretty quickly as it's fairly easy to stitch blocks of one color at a time as opposed to having to switch thread every few stitches.  The former can become monotonous and boring but the latter is just plain annoying.

See all that black?!  That was about 800 stitches which took me about 3 days.  I had the most massive headache for days and had to put all stitching away for almost a week.  I think I am going to need glasses one of these days. 

Here is my progress over the last week.