So I began my next new start yesterday: Skaters Village Tree Skirt!
I have always loved Victorian Christmas themed decorations. One reason I chose the stockings I did for all of us is because they fit into that old fashioned theme, and when I saw this tree skirt years and years ago, I knew that it would be perfect to compliment the stockings I had completed:
The problem? I kept putting off buying this kit. I had other projects to work on, other things to do, and it was a pricy kit anyway. By the time I decided I really wanted to do this kit and was ready to purchase it? It was retired! I could not find it anywhere! I was so disappointed! I kept an eye out on EBay and other places - this $50 kit was being sold for nearly $200 everywhere I looked! No way!
I kept an eye out over the years. I was willing to pay up to $100 for the kit because it was retired and it was my own fault for not purchasing it sooner. Plus, I just never fell in love with another tree skirt in the same way and none of the kits that came out really fit the stockings as well as this one does, in my opinion.
Last fall, I lucked out! I found an EBay seller that was selling the kit for $75! It was already opened, but everything was in the kit, nothing had been started, so I absolutely used the Buy It Now option and it was mine!
Last night, I finally started this piece! And oh my goodness, this is going to be both a beautiful piece to work on...and probably the hardest project I ever worked on. The pattern isn't complex, it's not even the biggest pattern that I'm working on - I have several HAED's that are bigger. The difficulty with this project is going to be the MASSIVE fabric I'm stitching it on!
Here is the progress I made last night:
This stitched up pretty quickly because so much of it was done in half stitches. To give some perspective of how big this fabric is - I'm doing 3-4 strands of floss for each of the colors, rather than two on most normal pieces. Backstitching when I get to it is done with two strands. But to really make it clear:
That hoop is a 10-inch hoop. This piece of fabric is HUGE. Now, I will only stitch on the bottom half of the fabric, and the rest will be used to help cut out and shape the tree skirt when I'm done, but this is going to be a unique challenge to stitch! But that's okay. It's going to be so worth it in the end!
Until next time!