This chap took a little longer than I’d hoped. I needed to take 10 days off in the middle in order fully to recover from a sympathetic nerve block procedure (spinal injection) under general anaesthetic. This was hopefully one of the last stages of active treatment of my chronic regional pain syndrome following injury in 2014.
My back was a bit unhappy for a while after that but is back to normal now and thus permitting me to get on with working again.
In the end, including prep time, framing up, designing, all of the stitching, couching etc and then assembly of the padded frame and stretching him onto it with upholstery staples, it took 47 hours.
I have an hour tonight before my daughter gets home from first grade and I’m hoping to have the next design drawn up by then. I’m taking a bit of a break from the zodiac for a bit and focusing on something else. To be revealed.
It feels as if I should call that Herculean progress, because it seems quite slow-going and labor intensive at the moment. I’m happy with the way the bull is taking shape, but there is still a huge amount to stitch and this has already taken 27 hours. I have a feeling this chap is going to push closer to 50 hours in total.
He definitely looks better stitched than partially appliquéd, but I’m paying the price in hours. Phew.
After 15 hours, Taurus is finally starting to take shape. Actually he’s looking somewhat demonic at the moment, accidentally, because my husband is going to be away on business for a few days and so I needed to check that the beads I was planning for the bull’s eyes would work. If they didn’t, I’d need to get more tonight or wait a week.
I’m hoping that I’ll have finished him completely by the time another week rolls around and that I’ll be hip deep in Gemini instead, so I went ahead and beaded Taurus’ eyes before I normally would have done. I’m happy with that bead choice (yay!) but until things get a little more filled in there remains a stark contrast between the whites of the eyes and the red of…well…everything else. It makes him look like something else entirely.