Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Long Time Coming.

Back in 2008 I started this little cross stitch project called Celtic Banner.  I loved it from the moment I first saw it.  After 4 years of stitching it on and off mixed in with a bunch of other things, I finally finished it this afternoon.  I cant even begin to tell you how excited I am!  I'll try though!!

When I first bought this chart, my husband and I were brainstorming how to finish it once it was done.  Framing was out of the question, as was a pillow.  That meant it was going to be hung from a rod of some kind, more than likely. Would a simple dowel do this justice?  Nooooo!  No, it would not!  So we scoured the internet looking for a dowel like object that would do my banner justice (and mind you, I haven't even started stitching it at this point! ha!) We finally came to an antique weapon ebay page.  And we found the perfect dowel like weapon that went along with the ancient Celtic axe!  Yes, so all I have to do next is to spend 4 years stitching!

I wont bore you with the next 4 years of stitching on it until I was bored to tears with it, went on to stitch something else, picked it back up again, bored to tears, picked up something get the idea.  So while on a Downton Abbey 2 hour marathon, I finally finished it. Yay!  I was so excited to have it finally finished, my husband and I safety pinned it to our axe and slammed a couple of nails into the wall to hold the axe real quick.  The real finishing still needs to be done, but I'll need help with that from my SIL since I cant sew a straight line for longer than 3 inches and this sucker is almost 42 inches long!

And now I am stuck...what to start/finish next?  I went through all of my WIPs and my Soon to be WIPs this afternoon. I haven't decided what to do next.  Banner has been a part of my life for so long, I kind of miss it already.  Yeah, I's hanging on my wall in my bedroom, but it's not crumbled up in a huge ball in my lap and fingers. I had better get it figured out soon, I have another 2 hours of Downton  Abbey to watch this evening!

And now on to something completely different....

If you don't read the Bloggess, you should be.  She has had me in tears this week.  YOU’RE RUINING NATHAN FILLION FOR ME, NATHAN FILLION. Alternate title: But I forgive you post is just slaying me.  I have to remember to put her in my blog roll! 


  1. I LOVE IT! What a creative way to display this piece! Fantastic :) Congratulations on the amazing finish and the awesome display!

  2. Absolutely Stunning!
    Your way of finishing it is absolutely perfect!

  3. This is gorgeous. Congrats on your finish!

  4. Congratulations on you stitching. I understand years of working on a project, I have one I started in 2007 and it still is only about 1/3 finished. It was in time out for almost a full year. I'm back working on it about 1week a month.