Saturday, February 18, 2012

Today, I Dance.

Not counting the tiny bit of stitching in January that qualified Tracery Dragons as a 2011 Crazy Challenge piece, serious stitching on the piece began on June 3, 2011. There were times when I thought this project would go on for all eternity. There was the time I put it aside for three full months because I just couldn't face one more blended needle or one more string of quarter stitches. There was the time I threatened to make a Teresa Wentzler voodoo doll and stick it with all those blended needles! There was the day I admitted that including this chart in the Crazy Challenge was clearly a tortured stitcher's exercise in self-sabotage. There was the day I decided that Baudelaire's Fleur du Mal was actually the correct description of a TW rose. But that is the past. Today, I post a photo of my Tracery Dragons finish. Today, I dance. In solemn and stately measure, somewhat stiffly, rather like one of Martha Graham's final performances. No manic happy dance is this but rather serious, slow, serpentine steps in celebration of an eight month's journey with the Dragons.

10 comments:

Vickie Niggemann said...

Hooray Riona! Good for you. We'll see now if I can get through these two stupid words I need to type to post this now. Really?! Blurry and wavy and weird!!

Tazzy said...

YaY!!I love it when I finish a project because taht means I get to start a new one.

I'm glad you finished your dragons. They're lovely! What do you plan to do wtih them now that they're done?

Mother of Mayhem said...

Riona,
I've been following your adventure with this piece - congratulations!
It is a stunning finish! I can't wait to see what you do next!

Karen in Maryland

CalamityJr said...

Wow! Despite all the "there was a time" moments you faced, you have to be enormously pleased with your beautiful finish!

Carol said...

Congratulations, Riona!! I am so impressed by your lovely finish :)

Teresa said...

You stitch (and dance) beautifully! Congratulations, Riona on completing this journey and for sharing it with us. Well done!

Erica said...

Wow! Congratulations! That must feel so good!
The dragons are beautiful!
Now you can start something else!

Ann said...

IT'S FANTASTIC! And worth every bit of the pain and suffering!

barbara said...

Oh, Riona ... it's breathtaking. So very lovely. You have done an outstanding job!

Anna van Schurman said...

Quite an accomplishment!