I have a particularly exciting finished project to show you today. This one has been about a year in the making. It all started when I mentioned to my lovely, honey bee-obsessed husband, Evan, last Autumn that there was such a thing as honey bee cross stitch patterns. He was immediately intrigued so, one Google search later, we had ordered a cross stitch kit.
When it arrived, I was very excited to begin working on it. My enthusiasm waned after I had been working on it for two or three days only to realize that I had been holding the symbol/color chart upside down the entire time. . . I had to rip everything out and start again. Needless to say, I was pretty upset with the whole thing. For my first cross stitch project this honey bee was probably extremely ambitious, but now I know I can tackle pretty much any cross stitch pattern!
After that first mistake, things went along well enough. However, I found the black fabric very difficult to work on since it seemed to hide the colors as I was stitching. I eventually put this cross stitch away and it sat neglected for several weeks. I finally dug it back out sometime in June with the intention of finishing it in time for our wedding anniversary in mid July. It wasn't.
I then decided to commit at least fifteen minutes a day to working on it. For the most part, I stuck to that and it helped so much! I began to be excited about it again as I saw it gradually growing.
It was completed, at long last, in late August. I was beyond relieved to have it done, and Evan was super excited to finally be able to hang it in his office. I covered the back of the embroidery hoop with some scrap honey bee fabric I had left over from making a curtain forever ago.
Even though this honey bee cross stitch was fairly challenging and has taken me longer to finish than pretty much anything else I have made, it was absolutely worth it! Evan loves it and he is trying to convince me to make him another one. We'll see. . . In the meantime, cross stitching has definitely been added to my favorite crafts! I have plans for loads more in the not too distant future.