A very warm hello to all talented and prolific SAL stitchers!
My name is Sue and I live in the wee town of Dousman, Wisconsin in the US. For the geography experts among us, Dousman is located about halfway between Milwaukee and the state capitol, Madison.
I am stratospherically proud to compose this post and to attach a photo of a FINISHED and framed Circling Alphabets! This pride is due to the fact that this is my very first ever cross stitch piece.
When I was at a retreat with favorite friends (some of whom have posted here) about a year ago, they were chatting excitedly about this challenge. When I ventured a look at the pieces they were selecting, I quickly eliminated myself. I had attempted a tiny pin cushion cross stitch piece during an earlier retreat, and completed 7 (count them, SEVEN) stitches over the entire weekend! There was simply no way I could make my way through any of the magnificent Scarlet Letter beauties I saw on the SAL pages.
"Oh!" my friends chimed in. "There are smaller pieces, too!" Hmmm... I could feel myself getting sucked into the vortex of excitement. So I studied and with unfounded optimism, decided to attempt Circling Alphabets.
Over the ensuing year, I made decent progress, but a finish by February 20, 2014 was doubtful. Then came the coldest, nastiest winter in 30 years. In early January, I hunkered down under my comfort quilt and stitched until my eyes and fingers simultaneously cried "Uncle"!
To my enormous shock, I completed the pattern AND the personalized center. In the meantime, my more-savvy buds had discovered a delightful shop called Lynn's of Madison which, among other things, excels in framing. Scoffing at the never-ending horrid environmental challenges, we made our way there to drop off, and just last week, pick up my ready-for-hanging piece. A huge accomplishment for this newbie cross stitcher which I attach here.
In my zeal, I neglected to take note of important constructions details, but I do remember that I stitched on 35 ct linen with DMC floss.
Happiest of birthdays, Nicola, and much gratitude to you for birthing and nurturing this stellar idea!
Warmest regards to all -