Saturday, January 2, 2016

There Be Dragons! Er, Well, One Dragon, Minus One Leg

There haven't been a whole lot of happy things to blog about here lately, but when my depression hasn't totally oppressed me, I've been able to stitch.

Teresa Wentzler's Celestial Dragon is what's known as a BAP (big ass project) and there have been many evenings when I stare at all the little x's and wonder at my foolishness. But any progress is movement forwards and closer to completion. Sometimes, all I have are small victories, so I mark them.

Remember, here's the finished project:

This is the lower right corner.








Finished this section. BTW, that design in the middle is stitched one over one. Not to be attempted in anything but natural light.

Back to the dragon body and the world of confetti.








So my focus presently is finishing this section of trunk and leg and then I'll move to the upper right corner, which is the last one. But, wait! There's more! The beading and backstitching will probably take another six weeks after that. But I can see the end from here and it feels good.


jen said...

Impressed with your mad cross-stitch skillz. I save my cross-stitching energy for this: Sometimes it helps to be able to leave it alone for a few days and to not have to think about counting and doing it in real life.

Dani - tkdchick said...

You're doing so well this is a rather big and complicated project I can tell you from experience that piece is so worth every single stitch!!! Keep plugging away at CD!

Sarah Boyle Webber said...

Thanks for the compliments!

Anonymous said...

I made this piece a few years ago.. and you're right it takes forever. I renamed mine "The 7 Year Dragon". I opted not to do the backstitched crosses behind the dragon and she looks lovely without it. I started it in 2003(ish) and finished it in 2010, but I think I actually sat it down and didn't look at it for a year and a half in there. It's daunting but well worth it. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone. :)