Hello all! I am pleased to start posting pictures of my progress on the biggest project I have ever embarked on. The Hermit Baba is going to take me years to finish. I kid you not. The chart is 20 pages long. TWENTY!! Don't believe me? Take a look at this!
Yep, that's me, lying next to it for perspective. Those are standard 8.5"x11" sheets of paper. I'm crazy, right?? What the hell am I thinking??
Where the heck do you even start such a project?
I have always started my projects in the centre - this is easy to do when the charts are two or three pages. But twenty?? With the help of my handy husband, we actually found the centre of this chart (there are nifty little arrows on the vertical and horizontal aspects of the chart). I highlighted the four centre squares.
A lot of seasoned cross-stitchers start with page 1 of their charts, and "grid" their fabric. I learned this from the Cross Stitch Forum and is demonstrated here. This blogger used floss which she presumably removes as she approaches it. Another way of "gridding" is using a washable pen.
Gridding seemed a rather daunting task and for me, much harder to do than working from the centre outwards. It also occurred to me that if I were to stitch page by page then I might havevisible lines in my stitching indicating where one page starts and one ends. I actually saw this demonstrated while at the store where I purchased my supplies for the Hermit. There was a beautiful HAED design, framed on the wall. From a distance it was gorgeous, but up close one could see lines in the stitching. I tried looking for a photo to describe what I saw but I don't want to use someone else's work, so suffice it to say that I decided to do what I am most comfortable with and that is starting my stitching in the middle.
I started The Hermit on March 6, 2012. Here are two progress photos. The one on the left was after the first few days of stitching. Remember, I started in the middle. The one on the right is about 3 weeks in. I'm stitching a fabric that is 19.5" wide and 26.5' long. (I'm crazy, remember?!)
You can see from the progress photo on the right that I am stitching the Hermit's paw and a bit of his cloak. Neat, eh?