After spending a lot of time in June working on Emma’s Christmas stocking as part of my 30 days of creativity, I’ve continued to make slow but steady progress. Will it be done by Christmas? I really don’t know. I knew this would take a lot of time to complete, but it has proven to be even more of an undertaking than I expected.
Seriously — this thing is no joke! I’ve done plenty of cross stitch projects dating all the way back to childhood, but this is by far the biggest one I’ve tackled. There are so many colors, and so many sections where there are only 2 or 3 stitches of any given shade. I’m constantly starting and ending a thread, which makes for pretty slow going sometimes. I can work for an hour yet only finish a small section.
This is what the finished product should look like…
…and this is the current “state of the stocking.”
All 3 snowmen are finally 100% complete, which is awesome! But there is still so much to do. Finish the lantern and the sky. Finish the trees and snow field below. Finish the block of red at the top. And outline everything with some backstitching, like I began to do on the third snowman.
(I don’t like it that little bit of backstitching — I think the black lines are too thick. The pattern recommended using 2 strands of floss, but I plan to take that part out and redo the outlining with only 1 strand.)
I know I’m going to love this when it’s finished, but geez. It is a beast.