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World Map: Completed!

The world map is FINISHED! :D


So here's where it was Friday morning:


And here's where it was by Sunday noon:


(The fabric is out of the snap-frame but on a cushion, so it looks a little bowed here and there)

I cut down most of the sides, as promised. They originally would have been much more like the bottom border. I think it's very nice looking, actually. And now it's done! Yay! :D

Framing is going to be a bear, though, since we want to have this one professionally framed. At least two mats because of the beads. What's that, you say? Beads? Yes, they are there; but hard to see since they're gold on brown. >:( There is just barely a glint of them in the picture - you can see one in the bottom border - but darn it, they're there.

So, two mats, and Mom wants a huge frame to go with it, because the space over the fireplace is big and needs a big piece of art. I can't make this any bigger, it's 15" high by somewhat less than 18" wide, which seems big, until you hang it up above the fireplace and realize how tiny it looks against the brick. :/ Since this won't be cheap, I've asked my folks if they'll pay for the framing as my Christmas present. Not sure when it'll get framed, then, since we want to get a good deal wherever we have it done.

All told, this took 35 weeks plus several more hours. Then again, I didn't work on it every day of every week. 8 hours a day would have seen this finished much faster. ;) Also, I think I need to keep in mind that I can really only do one big project a year. It's a little late to get started on one now, though.

Next up: catching up on the Christmas ornaments and gifts for people. One of them is on black fabric, which I can only work on in natural light, so I have to have another one for indoor stitching times.

Community post: http://cross-stitch.livejournal.com/3659048.html

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pixelcurious
Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You did it! :D

You did beautiful work on this - it's absolutely gorgeous.

And I like the side borders how they are. It looks more authentic (as we discussed a few weeks ago). And the bottom having more visual weight is good for the overall balance.

I only just now noticed the exploding volcano! :D
laridian
Jul. 23rd, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very proud of how it turned out, and how well the side borders worked. :D

I love the volcano! :D And probably some of the little motifs would be good for small pieces, like the lion (who looks like he's smiling).
toastsims
Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
It looks awesome! The sailing ship going by the erupting volcano is my favorite bit. It's a volcano cruise liner!
laridian
Jul. 24th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
The volcano is also one of my favorite parts. :) And thank you!
cymraeg
Jul. 23rd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic, way to go!
laridian
Jul. 24th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
bekscilla
Jul. 24th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
It looks amazing! A big frame would really suite it, but I totally know what you mean about cost with it
laridian
Jul. 24th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, the cost is going to be... ugly. :/ but it's a slightly odd size since I cut down the sides, and I'm not sure there's anything off the shelf that will work for it. Plus, big ol' frame! ^_^
redwolf
Jul. 25th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Awesome!
laridian
Jul. 26th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank you!
madame_ugly
Jul. 25th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
WOOT!!

It looks fabulous! I love all the details (like that sea turtle in the ocean--too cute!).
laridian
Jul. 26th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! I should try for a closeup of the turtle - there's some nice details on it that you can see in person but doesn't show up in the above pix.
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