The final stitches went in on her late Thursday night.
Mercifully, I made it through Ann's assignation with out too much trouble or angst. Still though, there was a huge sigh of relief when that last tiny stitch went in. My eyesight for itty-bitty letters just isn't what it used to be,
I did give myself a little bit of credit by adding my initials at the bottom left and the year on the bottom right. That probably isn't the best protocol with a reproduction, but when all was said and done, it only seemed fair. Hope Ann would agree with that.
Last night and this morning, I found myself in this sort of funky post-finish haze. It really felt odd after so much work, to suddenly no longer have Ann to go to, no more rows and rows of alphabet letters in different sizes to keep turning out....
I gathered up my scroll rods, the dog-eared remains of the original pattern and the last little bit of the Finnegan's Fog and tucked them all back into their spots in the stitching closet. It was like cleaning up after a parade....
But it didn't take long to move on. Ann is now safely delivered to my framer's and will be back home in a few weeks. That feels great!
So what's up next? Those of you who read my New Year's post know I swore to not start anything new until Ann, Francis Eden and Hannah Pepper are all wrapped up. Well, 1 out of 3 is on the books now, so I suppose I should move briskly along to the ever-patient Frances Eden. Ironically, Frances will be travelling with me to Tallahassee for a few nights this week, where I plan to restitch the exact same motifs I put in on her last year when I was there. But I started thinking that if I want to remain active on the Scarlet Letter Years blog, I'd better have at least a little something from same-said SL in the works. Which brings me to a choice...should it be Jane Atkinson, or the Knox Family Sampler? Please advise!
Anyway, with Ann over and done with, I'm hoping to post on a more frequent basis. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me this past month while I labored away on Ann;s swan song Let's just say that all's well that end's well!