Okay, it took me three weeks and one day to do it but the 52 x 70 inch tablecloth I've been working on is now completed!
On the off chance the person who will be receiving this might possibly read my blog from time to time, no names will be given here -until after it has been presented and hopefully, accepted as being an okay item too!
Here then are the pictures I took of the finished item. My dining room table is not large enough to spread the cloth out there and get any half-way decent photographs so these are taken -by sections of the cloth -with it laying on the cedar chest/coffee table in the living room. Still not an ideal way to get pictures of something like this but it works better than the dining room table.
The above photo shows the center part of the tablecloth with two sprays of tulips on display.
This is a shot of one of the long sides of the cloth -actually it is the middle portion of one of the long sides.
And here's a view of one of the corners of the cloth.
You'll have to use your imagination now to envision what the whole piece, spread out before you, looks like.
The first time I did a tablecloth of this size was two years ago this winter. I made that one as a gift for my older daughter's birthday and it took me 6-7 weeks to complete it.
I was worried about how long it would take to do this item -as I wanted it done long before 6-7 weeks from when I began work on it and thankfully, I must have picked up a bit of speed in my stitching over the past two years -or maybe this cloth didn't have as many intricacies in the stitches required -like tons and tons of French knots which can take a heck of a long time to complete if there's a lot of them scattered about in the design. This piece had NO French knots and for that, I am eternally grateful!
This piece is done almost entirely in cross stitch with the only exception being the leaves/greenery and the ribbon which are done in a stem stitch.
Now, I have a couple very small projects next up on my agenda with a set of pillow cases I have to finish up too. Then, I get to tackle yet another 52x70 tablecloth -this one will have as its central theme -Pansies! Love those little flowers -to see them anyway. How much love I will still have for the lowly pansy when I finish the next tablecloth -well, that remains to be seen, doesn't it?