Thursday, March 06, 2014

Magnificent Wizard HD


I finally finished this! It's a Dimensions kit and was very annoying.

Matt and I went to a cross stitch show many years ago, and I asked him to pick out something he'd like me to stitch for him (cockily, I might add -- I could stitch anything, or so I thought!). He picked this.

Now, it's not my style at all, but I figured I'd do it for him. At the time I didn't know what a pain Dimensions kits are -- colored charts, half stitches all over, funky backstitching, etc. (I also ran out of some floss.) This is the reason it's been a WIP since at least 2007. I've been putting it on my list of goals for years. And now it's done. I feel such relief.

I had Matt check my backstitching, and he noticed that the black of the towers wasn't stitched. That's the way the pattern is, but he didn't like it, so I filled it in. I agree that it looks better now.

Next up is Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks. This one has been languishing. Here's a tip: don't get all creative and change things around if it's a mystery piece. One part was released per month, and it wasn't until the end that I realized doing it three across instead of four across would mess up the symmetry. So I frogged and managed to snip two fabric threads. I modified the design slightly to cover the threads, so I'm all set to stitch. It's huge.

10 comments:

Jannie said...

I've done two dimensions kits. They're the worst! I won't be doing those again. The floss is horrible and you always run out of it. Always. The patterns are horrific! Your piece is lovely though.

Tatkis said...

Wow, fantastic result, congratulations!
Though I agree that sometimes their big kits could be irritating :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Jan Jones said...

Congrats on the dragon/wizard finish it looks terrific! I have at least a dozen large dimensions kits in my STASH, but I've never opened them up to look at the charts. I hope I don't have the same irritation that you did.

Blu said...

Congrats on the finish! It looks fantastic. I have a love/hate relationship with Dimensions. Some of their designs are really gorgeous but most of them are pains to stitch on. Oh the pain we put ourselves through for cross stitch ;)

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the great finish - I can see how this would take lots of time and patience to finish, kudos to you for sticking to it.

Andrea said...

Congratulations on the finish and for sticking with it.

Michele Hebson said...

Fantastic! Well done!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

It is an amazing picture! Congratulations on perservering with it and completing it too.

Sara said...

I've done a few Dimensions kits too and they're not my favorite either but this one looks amazing! Congrats on sticking with it!

Sara said...

I've done a few Dimensions kits too and they're not my favorite either but this one looks amazing! Congrats on sticking with it!