Saturday, January 17, 2009

Do I Dare???

After reading Vonna’s post on her recent HAED project I quickly ventured over to the HAED website and fell in love with the Jane Wooster Scott Designs!


Oh my, do I dare???

My favorite is Witches and Crones, yes those Halloween designs get me every time. I also love scenes of winter and pondered whether to purchase Wintery Heirloom instead; decisions, decisions, should I purchase both? After giving it some thought I decided that it would be best if I purchased just one. Let’s face it these are not “quick stitch” projects and what is the likely hood that I will finish even one? After making my decision I emailed Vonna with a few questions and then placed Wintery Heirloom into my shopping cart. Yes, I decided against the Halloween design, for reasons I shall reveal in a later post.


HAED: Wintery Heirloom by Jane Wooster Scott


Seeing the massive, and I mean massive, pattern I was so thankful that I only purchased one! In a bit of a panic I emailed Vonna, (thank goodness for Vonna) to find out her “strategy” for completing the HAED. I am now doing as she does and stitching on Wintery Heirloom on Fridays. Without further ado, here is my first Friday SAL progress:

HAED Jan 16th SAL

Stitched on 25ct Lugana over 1
1,063 stitches completed

YIKES!!! I spent hours stitching a teeny tiny section of the sky. Do you see all those shades of blue for that one little section?

Did I mention there are 162,000 stitches in this design? I have completed a mere 1,063, only 160,937 to go. If I were lucky enough to stitch even 1,000 stitches each Friday (not going to happen) it would take me 162 Fridays. Well, there ya go ~can you say UFO? :)

Seriously, I do not give up that easily. This is a truly gorgeous design and I am confident that the Friday SAL will keep me motivated. Thanks Vonna for inviting me!

Well, I shall end so that I can spend just a few hours stitching on Wintery Heirloom.


Thanks so much for stopping by~

Until next time...

24 comments:

Vonna said...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I didn't get to stitch yesterday because I had to work, and you know...
WELL I've only done 800 stitches...one sitting and you've left me in the dust....
BEAUTIFUL!
Wanna trade patterns when we get done?! LOL!

Laura said...

Wow Marie, you got a LOT done for your first day with a HAED. You'll be finishing your first page before you know it. I am so glad you have joined the SAL :). I love the design you have chosen.

Jen said...

You are very brave. I think these patterns are so pretty, but I just don't stitch fast enough. You are doing a wonderful job.

saras said...

hang in there.. I've stitched two charts that are they same style of pattern. one stitch at a time baby! :)

Daffycat said...

You guys and these HAEDs...make me feel guilty for not finishing my Teresa Wentzler...lol!

Rachel said...

I think this is on my HAED want list. Cant wait for other updates :o) I am floored at the amount you stitched! Way to go!!

Paisley said...

You are off to a fantastic start! And that is the exact same HAED that's trying to pull me in! I hear resistance is futile! We're all doomed, LOL!

staci said...

Great job! I won't say never, but I'm pretty sure I won't be doing any HAED, lol!!!

Kathy said...

Great minds must think a like. After reading about Vonna's adventure into HAED world, I have been looking into it too. Looking at doing the Lion and Lamb Christmas one.

You have a wonderful start. Anxious to see your continued progress.

Susan said...

Marie-it is a beautiful start and a beautiful pattern! I have loads of HAED patterns, but have been stitching on one of them for over 2years. I actually finished one a couple of years ago.

Will look forward to your progress!

Brigitte said...

Oh Marie, I'm with you and Vonna when it comes to Jane Wooster Scott Designs. But I'm still in the process of deciding if I will buy one or not. But on the other hand, the is no obligation to really stitch it once you've bought it, lol.

You were stitching up a storm on this new project.

cathymk said...

What a beautiful start! Love the blues in the part you have stitched - so pretty!

jane said...

That's a great start Marie - I have a HAED which has become a UFO so I am very impressed by your dedication.

Lennu said...

What a beautiful design and a great start! You were really busy stitching! It will be gorgeous after those 162 Fridays :) I just started my first HAED design too, it's smaller with 114000 stitches and I've only stitched 600 stitches so far. I did some counting too yesterday with my daughter and she really, really laughed when we got the result... :) It takes forever to finish it, but somehow I don't mind. It's just so wonderful to see those tiny stitches. Have a happy Sunday!

mainely stitching said...

Oh, it's stunning. What a wonderful choice!!

Cindy F. said...

Marie, you really picked a beautiful HAED! I love this one. You really have made tremendous progress already! So glad you joined our Friday SAL. Keep it up girl!

Cindy said...

You are off to an awesome start on your HAED! What a wonderful design, too.

Ulla said...

Wow, I love that pattern! You have made a great start with it.

jane said...

Hey Marie - remember me? I have sort of dropped of the face of the earth for a while, haven't I? What ever happened with the HoHRH SAl? Did you finish it? I need to get back to work doing some x-stitching. I've missed you.

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

What a great choice Marie! One of these days I will be brave enough to start the HAED I purchased. 162 Fridays...that is only a little over three years. I have WIPS much older than that:)

Michele said...

I'm in awe! That is a lovely HAED and you got a great start! I'll enjoy watching this one grow :)

Michelle said...

I'm not going to be tempted by you and Vonna! Good luck with your big project..it's beautiful!

Michelle

Sandra said...

That is one HUGE project, but you've made a great start on it, good luck!

riceandsoup said...

This is my first time popping by your blog and I have to say you do beautiful, beautiful work! I recently bought a couple of HAED patterns myself but haven't started any of them. Seeing how a large chunk on the page translates to such a tiny stitched portion is making me feel very daunted now. I'll definitely be watching your progress though! Jane Wooster Scott's art is just gorgeous.