Linen: 35 ct. as kitted
Floss: AVAS silks as kitted
I am pleased to finally report I've finished the Hornbook Bestiary! The kit was a gift from my honey on Christmas day 2012. It has taken me almost a year and a half to stitch all those tent stitches over one but now she's done.
I was inspired by Marsha's gift to Nicola so I decided to do my signature in the same manner. I wanted it to complement the rest of the sampler. I think it does and I'm pleased with the result. For privacy's sake, I've blocked out my last name, city and state. The dates represent the years I stitched it.
Just for curiosity, I counted up all the stitches. In the angel, there are 7,633 stitches, in the charted squares, not counting my signature, there are 75,825 and my signature added an additional 4,725 for a grand total of 88,183 stitches!
I plan to search for a frame that looks like an actual hornbook with the handle. A regular rectangular frame just won't do for a piece this special. It may take me a while to locate it but I'm willing to spend some time hunting for just the right one.
I also want to note that I had plenty of floss to see me to the end and still stitch my signature. Marsha was quite generous with the contents of this kit. Thank you so much, Marsha!
Thank you also to Nicola and Jo for inviting me along on this grand adventure. I've enjoyed the journey. Seeing all the lovely samplers our group has stitched together has inspired me.
Thank you to everyone who has cheered me to this finish. You all kept me motivated. I truly appreciate each and every email, comment and encouragement I received. I'm so pleased to be able to share this milestone finish with you today!
The Inspired Stitcher
P.S. If you want to read about the whole finishing experience, please visit my blog.