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Medieval scene - cross stitch by XofHope Medieval scene - cross stitch by XofHope
This only took me 17 years to finish! Well, truth be told I only worked on it a couple of days a year, usually during the holidays. It's now in my living room and I just hope my cats won't fancy it and start trying to pull the threads with their claws, they've already tried once. :(

I was asked an absurd price for framing it, so I went and did it myself too. Not that much of a frame but I cut, painted and varnished it myself for a fraction of the asked price and I think it does the job pretty well.

The pattern to this was lent to me by a friend and please don't ask because I can't give it. I've had this image in my blog for some time and even though it's explicit and written in capitals that I can't give away the pattern, some people seem to think they're above everyone else and ask for it anyway. I find that to be extremely disrespectful. Please don't ask, I'll simply ignore any request.

The stitched part alone measures 1m x 21cms

Close-up so that you can see the detail.
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PhilomelaSidhe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
wow ... thats great ... ich wish i would have tha patience to do something similar ... 17 Years needs a lot of patience
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I'm happy that you like it. :) Well, it was on and off with lots of other projects in between, I bet a more focused kind of person might have completed it in a couple of months. :)
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PhilomelaSidhe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
wow ... thats great
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Sirtia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
It's so magical! Amazing work.
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XofHope Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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CarrieBest Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's some amazing detail! Your patience paid off. And the framing looks great too! The fact that you did it all yourself really makes it a treasure. You must protect it from your kitties!!
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think the only way it might be almost safe is if I glue it to the ceiling and even then... so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed instead! ;)
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art-mylife Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work.... ^_^
beautifully done in a very short period of time..... ;) :P
great work anyways... :)
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D Yes, quite short... I have another one half done, let's see how long this one lasts! :D
Sorry for the late reply, I've been away on (sort of) holidays. Hope everything's fine with you and your hubbie.
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miss-posy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! Always nice to see some good cross stitch. :)
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
my fingers ache for you lol
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the late reply, I've been away on (sort of) holidays.
Don't worry, I use a pointless needle. :D
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
but still, that much technical work on a piece must've killed the joints in your fingers
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Crochet and cross-stitching are the two activities that sooth me the most, though considering I don't actually get to spend much time on them it hardly ever gets hard on the joints. Crochet's a lot worse than cross-stitching actually, I do on occasion get a few cramps while crocheting but don't remember it happening while stitching.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I can spend all day working on something to the point that my fingers lock up and my tools have to be pried from my fingers lol
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ouch! I'd love to be like that, have that sort of passion, but I'm afraid I give up easily if my fingers begin to hurt.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have workaholic tendencies, once I get started on something, I don't stop til it's done ^^;
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XofHope Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Workaholic... something that could never be said about me... Procrastination isn't just my middle name, it's also the first, the last and an overall great friend of mine... can never get her to leave me! Damn!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
It's lovely.
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great!

I like the handmade frame - I think it really adds something.

I love the pattern. I think it is fanciful and fun, and would look marvelous on any wall. You should most definitely be proud!!! :-D
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug:
Sorry for the late reply.
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!

And no worries; with such an amazing talent, I'm sure it takes a while to go through the comments and faves! :)
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:blush: Ok, let me enjoy the moment... :D
Seriously, thank you, you just made my day! :)
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, you're welcome!! ^__^.
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XofHope Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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LadyCaitlin55 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Such patience must be applauded. I love Xstich but haven't done much in a while.
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, though I wouldn't really describe myself as patient... I guess that's why it took so long to get finished. :)
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Isiscat777 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's wonderful - beautiful piece and I think you did a great job on the frame - you've made a real heirloom :-)
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Sorry for the late reply.
I do hope it gets to "live" long enough to become an heirloom, I always fear the day my cats decide to play with it again... :P
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JJjedi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
It's beautiful. I love how how it has depth and the second to last man not being profile gives it some dynamic. I also like how the princess is in the middle. :) I can't blow it up enough to see your stitches, but I'd bet they're tight and neat.
Good job with the frame too. I've never made one from scratch, though I find flee markets generally have a bunch for cheap. *thumbs up*
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XofHope Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much and sorry for the really late reply. I've uploaded a close-up, if you want to check the stitches, they're quite small but that's how I like them! :)
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