the Very Large Cross Stitch is FINISHED


hurricane tracking chart, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Stitching all the pink for Mexico/Central America/South America was tedious as fuuuuck. I’m really pleased with how it looks on the darker fabric (I usually use ivory fabric, this is parchment), it adds to the feel of an old map.

I bought this pattern at the Quarter Stitch in New Orleans during Christmas of 2009. I started working on it in early spring of 2010, shortly after I moved to Louisiana. I finished it last Saturday. Whew! That does not represent continuous work, however. Several times I put it aside to work on something else, usually because I got a seething case of what Phil calls “the I hate its”.

I’m not going to put this under glass, instead I’m going to stretch it over corkboard and staple it from the back, then add a ribbon so it can be hung. That way we can add a pin every hurricane season for any hurricanes that make landfall anywhere on the map.

I’m letting Mom hang it behind the bar for now, but I’m not giving it to her permanently. At some point I’m going to want it back, although I may let her keep it for years. Or I may make another one, but I doubt I’ll have the stomach for that for a looooong time.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Schilling
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 13:30:38

    Is there any way I can purchase this pattern?

  2. Sarah
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 13:33:07

    Probably. I got it at a little store in New Orleans called The Quarter Stitch, but you might be able to find it online.

  3. Joanne Peek
    Aug 29, 2017 @ 15:46:01

    I have lost my copy of the pattern for the hurricane tracking chart in cross stitch. I am nearly finished and it makes me sick to think I won’t be able to finish it. Do you know where I could find the pattern ?? I bought mine in the 80’s in Florida. The shop is no longer open

  4. Sarah
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 06:11:43

    Sorry, all I can tell you is I bought mine at The Quarter Stitch in New Orleans about 10 years ago.

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