Operation finish what you started: hot air balloon framed cross stitch (Emily Peacock design).

12.11.12

I am the WORST at starting something, leaving it half finished and getting distracted by something else shiny and new before ending up with a pile of half finished projects which then makes me anxious. So, I vowed not to start anything new until I finished my other projects and I've stuck to it (kind of).

First on my list was to frame and hang my balloon cross stitch which I finished quite a while ago but left to gather dust in a corner. It feels so nice to have this finally hanging up in our bedroom, as it took me so long to stitch it. I feel quite proud that I made this, with my own fair hands.

It was a pattern from Cross Stitcher magazine a good few months ago (issue 254). It has been the best issue of the magazine this year in my opinion. I think I wanted to make every single design in there, so if you're looking to pick up back issues I can really recommend this one.

What do you think? I hope you like it as much as I do!

29 comments:

Joanna. said...

It looks really really good. Your stitches are so neat, I wish I could have the patience to make something this big. Well done on finishing and framing!

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Carly said...

This is stunning :)

I am kind of trying to complete this task as I seem to have crafter ADD as well :)

Rosie said...

Oh my gosh this looks absolutely amazing! You are such a talented little thing! You must be so proud having it hanging on your wall and knowing you made that. xo

Rosie // A Rosie Outlook

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness! This is absolutely delightful! I don't know how to do anything like this, but seeing this gem makes me want to learn!

Lauren
http://tasteslikelove.blogspot.com

Holl JC said...

It's absolutely beautiful! Love it! You should be proud of yourself, its amazing! :) xxx

Dot (Claire) said...

I absolutely love this. Not only is the balloons style beautifully complex but the background with the blue streaks sets it off perfectly. I think I'll have a look at these designs. xx

angie said...

Stunning! You are so talented missy!

sophiewearing said...

SUCH a beautiful design, i will one day need to complete mine (after completing the many other half finished projects)! xxx

Rowan said...

That looks gorgeous, well done you! I'd love to do something like this, but I don't think I'd have the patience xoxo

Rachael said...

That looks gorgeous - i love did. Did you frame it without the glass in the picture frame? I keep wondering about doing that myself but I wonder about dust getting onto the pattern. I cross stitched a present for my parents for Christmas and it would certainly make it cheaper in weight without the glass cover!

Lou said...

I love how perfect your stitches look! I'm notorious for leaving projects half-finished but I bet you're glad you saw this one through! x

Vic said...

This is gorgeous! I love cross stitch but I can never seem to find designs that aren't super old-fashioned! This is perfect though, and so neat!!

Kfedland said...

This is lovely Victoria! You must feel so proud when you see them hanging there in your house xx

Helen said...

it's stunning! Oh how I wish I could cross stitch, you've made so many beautiful things.

Hook, Line and Sink Her said...

It looks wonderful! I do love Emily Peacock, and know the joy of completing a large project of her designs all too well... http://hooklineandsinkher2.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/completed-cross-stitch.html

xx

Rio said...

Beautiful! I wish I could sew but I can't even manage stitching a button on my coat!

Rebecca said...

ooh it is so beautiful finished! Well done! I remember seeing this in the mag but knew if I started it i'd never finish it! x

Becky said...

Oh wow this is epic. I started a huge cross stitch last year but only did one row! Maybe one day. ...
Becky
Http://www.doingitinstyle.blogspot.com
Ps I'd love to see a photo of your Bird cage papered wall!

DaisyBee said...

This is so lovely! Its so intricate you can see how much time and work must have gone into it :) x

Shari said...

I love it! very nice work!!! Shari

LittleMsTitch said...

This is beautiful! well done sticking to it, i'm pretty good at starting and then stopping and moving onto new projects lol. Frame is perfect! x

celery and cupcakes said...

It looks amazing!

Louise said...

It's great, what a lovely design :)

I found you via Diane's blog (heart shaped) and like the look of your blog so have become a follower.

Louise

Diane said...

It looks lovely! I am mistress of the unfinished project!! Loved your walk around Whiston - posh end of Rovrum xxx

Heather said...

Wow, that's really cool! Love it!

Sunny Sweet Pea said...

I'm going to have to buy that issue of the magazine, this is so pretty :) I'm a terrible starter/finisher. I have so many things on the go at once that nothing gets done :P xx

Rhiân Davies said...

I have just come across your blog and completely fallen in love with your blog AND your dogs. I think I'll have to dedicate some of this evening to having a stalk around your old craft pages and stuff! It's weird too, cause only yesterday I started Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, and I noticed you used her workouts during your weight loss. Seeing how well you've done will hopefully be an inspiration over the next few weeks.

Rhi xo

www.thethriftoflife.blogspot.co.uk

kwheeloffortune said...

I'm doing the same pattern at the moment, can I be cheeky and ask where the frame is from please? I'm struggling to find a similar one.

Victoria said...

Hobbycraft :)