Tuesday, 28 January 2020

New Start - The Loneliness Of Autumn - 10 hours

Hi all!

If you read my stitching plans for 2020 you may remember that I have undertaken a mad long-term SAL with Leonore to stitch Leonid Afremov's The Loneliness Of Autumn, one colour at a time extreme cross country.

I'm stitching Artecy's version on 18ct 2 over 1 for an average of 20 minutes per day (which 'just so happens' to be about 10 hours per month!) whereas Leonore is stitching Love Thy Thread's version on 28ct 1 over 1 at an average of one thread length per day. Leonore is putting in roughly twice as many stitches as me but, as her chart is almost twice the size we are, in effect, stitching at the same speed. How good is that?!

Here's a reminder of the design:

Towards the end of the month I'm going to jump slightly ahead so that I can post a regular 10 hour update. If I didn't, the only time you would see my progress would be in my #24 post and, let's face it, this BAP deserves a post of its own, at least that's what I think!

My first colour is DMC 310, black, of which there will eventually be 5,718 stitches.

Here's the first picture:

And the whole piece:

As you can see, I made it all the way across the top of the chart and added a good chunk of tree trunk on the left. I don't count stitches but I reckon I'm about 25% through the black, or a whopping 1.88% through the whole piece!

Here's a link to Leonore's post if you wish to compare SALs.

Next month... more black!

Take care,
Rachel x


Leonore Winterer said...

Oh, awesome progress! It looks like you did more than I did, but I think my first colour is a little more 'dense' in the design than yours is. Not to forget the different stitch counts! Still, 25% through with the black already, how cool is that - you might even reach your second colour before either of us loses their mind :D

Katie said...

Oh wow. You are crazy. I say that very lovingly though haha. I've never attempted one of these cross country. They look gorgeous coming to life one color at a time though. I will definitely be cheering you along the way. Yes it deserved a post of it's own.

Linda said...

Awesome start Rachel.


Tiffstitch said...

Nice start! I hope you continue to enjoy it. :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great start! I love that you are stitching different versions of the same design . It's fun following you both.

Cathy said...

That's a beautiful picture. I've never done cross country, because I'd have too many visits from a frog.)

Clare-Aimetu said...

It's a great piece, lovely progress.

Bethan said...

I love that you are both stitching the same thing slightly differently. What does the 2 over 1 and 1 over 1 mean? I have only ever used aida and don't really follow that terminology. I love how you know exactly how many black stitches there are - I presume that means you have counted them???

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, this is going to be quite the journey and fun to watch it come together!

Ann C. said...

Great start, looking forward to seeing it come to life as you stitch.

Faith... said...

I have always loved this chart. I have a friend you stitched one of his other charts, Farewell to Anger and it turned out beautiful as I am sure this one will also. Looking forward to following your progress on this!