Friday, March 25, 2011

Ta daaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Dad. x

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Beautiful spring weather we have been having here in the UK. Sunshine - at long last and even a bit of warmth to boot. These hyacinths were worrying me somewhat as they seemed to take ages to flower but flower they did and the scent was magnificent!

Anyway, onto this major, fantastic, happy dance ta daaaaa.... As some of you know, I was working on the John William Waterhouse piece, "I am Half Sick of Shadows" for some time before I asked my dad if he would like to have a go at it. The aim initially was that he would work on a page then I would work on a page and pass it to and fro to each other. My dad had other ideas and once he got going with it that was it! See here for the post where I first passed it onto my dad way back in 2008/2009 - just over 2 years ago!

Well, I am finally pleased to tell you that the piece is completed! It is amazing, stunning, beautiful and errr..... massive! Not sure how much this is going to cost to get framed but I reckon if I start saving now I might manage enough for 2020!!

Here's my dad proudly holding it up:

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You can understand why he is laughing! And some more close ups...

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So please raise your glass with me and join me in, well, my dad's happy dance!

Last weekend, I joined all the other lovely ladies from Needlecraft Haven in Nuneaton for our stitchy weekend. Tracy and I go up on the Friday and stay for two nights so we get loads of stitching done. I didn't end up taking any pictures this time but here is a little finish I did. It is a little repro from Margaret and Margaret called Sampler Sisters. It was a fun stitch to do.

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I also worked quite a bit on Ann Taylor by Heartstring Primitives. This is so nice and easy to work on.

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Since coming back, Tracy and I decided we would work on our HAEDS every Thursday together and last night was my first night back at it. I decided to work on the Fragile Heart SAL. Not much change but just starting to fill in all the gaps. Little by little this piece will get done. You can see Tracy's progress here.

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Now, I haven't abandoned my hook either. I just can't seem to get enough time in the day to do all I want to do! But I started some Crochet Bunting which Bunny Mummy kindly gave the pattern for. Super easy and super quick. This will be for my blue bathroom. I will let you know when it is finished.

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Well, that is all from me for now folks. I am going to be taking a little blogging/forum break for a while to recharge my batteries. I'll be back soon and as ever, thank you all for your beautiful comments.
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58 comments:

Marlene said...

I think your happy dance should last all day and into the evening, what epic stitching, I love your work as well, can I adopt your dad to sort some of my UFO's.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

OMG! WOW! What a spectacular finish. Frankly, I am just dumbfounded - speechless - in awe. That is one stunning piece - I can't get over it. Your dad is adorable and his work is stunning. Congratulations - I'm doing a serious jig with you!!!

Your other finish is so pretty, too and those hyacinths are a gorgeous color.

Kelly said...

WOW! That is massive, what a lovely job you and your dad did! I am doing the happy dance when I get an ornament done, lol! Such an inspiration! ♥

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Oh Hazel, so happy for you, congrats to you and your dad on a beautiful family treasure, enjoy the dance my friend!

Shari said...

first off, CONGRATS on the HUGE finish!!!!!!! WhooHOOOO!!!!!! I know you are feeling higher than a kite to have that finished...wow!!!!
Second...everything looks lovely...you have been extremely busy!!!!!!

Harmien said...

Wow, dad! Stunning, and massive indeed! But... once it's framed... who gets to hang it on their wall... ;o)

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Tell your dad that that piece is absolutely stunning and congratulations on his finish!

Congratulations on your finish as well. Your stitching is beautiful!

Kelly said...

What a beautiful piece!! You and your dad should be proud and celebrating.

Carol said...

Well I take my hat and my coat off to your Dad, and I'll do the fandango! What a fantastic piece of work, really beautiful.
Carol xx

Margaret said...

Wow! What a huge happy dance your dad should be doing! How impressive is that! Congratulations! I love your finish as well, and your WIP. The Heartstrings Primitives piece is one of my want-to-stitch pieces.

Carol said...

You and your dad make a fantastic team, Hazel--what an incredible finish!! I'm so happy for both of you :)

David said...

Wow! Your dad has done a fantastic job. I've had "Half Sick Of Shadows" on my to-do list for years so I am very impressed and very, very jealous! Well done! xx

Sally said...

Oh wow what an amazing finish Hazel! Your Dad has done a fantastic job. I admire his perseverance on this:)

Your Sampler Sisters finish is lovely. Not seen that one before. Lovely progress on Ann Taylor and your HAED too.

Enjoy your blogging break.

Lesleyanne said...

Oh Wow congrats to your dad on his gorgeous finish. Congrats to you for your finish at the meet up. Lovely progress on your wips.

mainely stitching said...

Amazing! Your dad is something else - and what a stunning project! Congratulation.

Your stitching and crocheting are also gorgeous! :D

Enjoy your break, and come back recharged!

Elisa said...

I have been watching the progress of this HD...it is fantastic...your Dad must have the patience of a saint, I certainly couldn't have done that!!

Love your M&M finish...xx

Sheilasembroidery said...

You should be so proud of your Dad, what a mammoth task. Brilliant. love the little bunting triangles, how big are they?

Mylene said...

oh wow! What a gorgeous finsih, you both did a great job. Doing a dance here with you!!

Beautiful progress on WIP's.

Kathy A. said...

Oh Hazel - what wonderful work your Dad has done! You and he deserve to Happy Dance for an entire month for that one!!!
Now, if he's bored, I have an HAED that needs a little work ROFL!!!!

Cath said...

What a fantastic achievement . Well done to both of you .X

valerie said...

Wow, congrats to you and your dad on that phenomenal happy dance. It's gorgeous!He has incredible patience! I love that Heartstring Samplery piece you are working on. It's coming along great! And the colors in your crochet are a lot of fun! Can't wait to see what this bunting looks like.

Enjoy your break...

Barb said...

Ok for once speechless! no words can describe that Hazel , I dont know about a dance only a ball will do, and we will all come!!
6months at yours and 6months at dads then . Absolutely LOVE it.
Going back for another look now well done to you both (but mainly to Dad ).Love the other bits and bobs too .
Enjoy.

andamento said...

Wow, I am very impressed. That is one huge cross stitch piece, I wouldn't even dream of attempting it. Well done to your Dad, does he get to keep it? It's beautiful!

DovilÄ— said...

unbelievable! congrats to you and your dad:) wonderful

Michelle said...

WOW!!!! What a gorgeous finish! He did an amazing job, and how fun to know you two both stitched on this piece. Love it!

Melody said...

Fantastic finish by your Dad!! Congratulations. I'm curious is he starting another project?

Rachael xxx said...

And stunning it is in RL! Well done to you and your Dad!!

Rowyn said...

Your Dad is AMAZING! He must have the patience of a Saint. A big congrats to you both on this gorgeous finish.

Love your samplers and your hyacinths are beautiful. I bet they smell divine.

Anna van Schurman said...

Congrats to your dad! That's a seriously huge project. I wish I could get my dad into stitching; I think it would help with his stress levels.

CalamityJr said...

Wow - congrats to you and your Dad. What an impressive work of art!

Susanne said...

Oh Hazel, So amazing that beautiful massive piece of needlework is completed. All I can really think is "WOW!".

Kate said...

Mega huge congratulations to your Dad Hazel - he's done an amazing job!
Love the Sampler Sisters finish.

Jacquie said...

Wow , what a beautiful finish...great that it inlolved team work :0)
Thankyou for linking to my pattern ...I love the colours you chose ...they will look perfect in a bathroom !
Jacquie x

Christine said...

Wow, your Dad's finish is just amazing!
Great work on your own stitching too, and the crochet bunting looks like fun

Ranae said...

Woohoo! Hazel, your dad did a great job. It is one stunning treasure to cherish
Happy Dancing here in Illnois :)

Blu said...

Hats off to your dad! That's a spectacular finish!

Maggie O said...

Fabulous Job Dad!! Love the Heartstrings - easy she says - and the Hyacinths, well thank you for that as we continue to freeze over here but next year I am planning a way out- way to long to be in winter still. Great blog as usual.

Michaja said...

Thank you for your sweet comment onb my blog!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! What a magnificent finish!!! Lovely little finish too.

Julie said...

WTG Dad, how lovely to see a pic of the guy that stitched this wonderful masterpiece - it's amazing!

It was so lovely to see you again at the meet up, its such a lovely day, really looking forward to October LOL

Loving the crochet bunting.

Don't stay ayaw too long, you'll be missed very much xxxx

Catherine said...

What a handsome father you have! Stunning piece and you can just tell how proud he is!

Just-Do said...

Wow!! I know other ladies said already the same, but there is just no other way to say this. Wow. What an amazing job you and your dad did. The other embroidery looks great too. I can imagine you complaining of not enough time, but you are already doing so many projects, it's just amazing.

Lisa said...

Wow, Half Sick Of Shadows is amazing! A very big well done to your dad.
Congrats on your little finish as well, and the progress on your wips.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Wow, what an amazing piece. That may be the first full size HAED I've seen finished. The rest of your stitching is beautiful too.

jane said...

Congratulations to your Dad on a fabulous finish!

Julia said...

Happy Dancing indeed!! My goodness that is phenomenal!! Im blown away by it and almost speechless at the work thats gone into it!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, love it!
Julia x

Lynn B said...

Wow! This is an amazing finish and by your Father too, I am impressed! What count fabric did you use for this piece Hazel?

Lisa x said...

my goodness what a wonderful finish, and it's huge!
Your Dad is amazing stitching on this for so long
Enjoy your happy dance together you both deserve it!
Your stitching is wonderful too, love your new wip
Enjoy your break but don't stay away too long

Aussie Stitcher said...

That is a wonderful achievement. Well done. Your Dad looks so proud, and so he should.

Siobhan said...

Hazel, oh my gosh. I can't say anything more than that, just wow. Seeing your dad's finished stitching just made my day--I have a big smile on my face. That is just so neat--what a work of love. Sooooo beautiful! Give your dad a hug for a friend who wishes she could hug her dad.

Your stitching and crochet is beautiful, too!! Clearly you inherited your father's talent. ;) I have been bombarding my daughter with crochet links since she said she'd make something for me. I told her I'm going to get some use out of her yet! LOL

Linen Stitcher said...

I am so impressed with your dad!! Oh. My. Goodness! That piece is incredible, and he did an AMAZING job on it!! He's a treasure and so is that marvelous finish.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

What an achievement! Spectacular.
Now.... if your dad has time on his hands ...... Irene xxx

Marsha said...

OMG! She is stunning and beautiful and your Dad is awesome! BTW, who gets to keep it?Hip Hip Hooray for your Dad. what's he going to do next?

Deb said...

Oh my goodness Hazel, how did I miss this post.

I am absolutely in shock over your Half Sick of Shadows. I've had that chart for years and loved the piece and it's just absolutely amazing to see if finished. And I thought that I had a WIP! Wow, it is absolutely incredible! The amount of work involved in that. Just stunning. Just wonderful!!

Your other projects are great as well. I was wondering how Ann Taylor would look as it was stitched!

I think it's going to take me a couple days of getting over the shock of seeing that Half Sick of Shadows. It is truly a masterpiece and I'd definitely be smiling too!

Teri said...

Congratulations on your Dad's finish! What an amazing piece. I had no idea of its size. I think most of us have a few items we can send his way if he's looking for another project!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Wow! That is truly amazing. You and your Dad should be very proud. Wow! So pretty. :)

Brigitte said...

This is an absolute masterpiece!!!!!! Congratulations to your Dad.

TeaMouse said...

That is some impressive stitching!!!