HAED Bridge of Wings – some stitches down, a whole lot to go

Bridge of Wings, by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and charted by Heaven & Earth Designs, has been sitting idle for a while now, even though I have been ridiculously close to, not only a page finish, but completion of the top row! Being in the mood for some block stitching but also not wanting to add another WIP to the pile, I picked this one up for a few days. It didn’t take too long to stitch the last of page 5, finish the top row and reach the right side of the pattern! Woohoo!

HAED Bridge of Wings SPML Heaven and Earth Designs Cross StitchIn the Cross Stitch Zone

I was so ‘in the zone’ with this that I moved down to the next partial page on the row underneath. This one has lots of block stitching as well, making it a nice break from the confetti sections. I progressed quite well on it and I may even have another finish in sight. These partial pages are great for making it feel like you’re making progress, but not taking forever to complete. I tend to enjoy creating sections to fill in, as it seems less daunting to me than a  huge blank space. Once page 10 is done I will have a nice area between it and page 7 to fill.

Parallel Parking Problems

I haven’t been using the parking method much for these pages, as I’ve discovered that when using only a few colours very obvious parallel lines form between the columns of stitching. This isn’t as big an issue when there are lots of colour changes, but it definitely occurs with block colour, you can see this in the pictures. So I have just done cross country, working sections of a particular colour then moving onto the next. HAED Bridge of Wings SPML Heaven and Earth Designs Cross Stitch

Will You Ever Be Done?

Bridge of Wings has been a WIP for quite a long time now and there is still a fair amount of stitching to be done. I have about 10 pages of 25 completed, though some of those are partial. It is one of the earliest Heaven & Earth Design charts I bought, in the days before I had patterns in triple digits.

I’m stitching on 25ct DMC Magic Guide fabric using DMC threads 2 over 1, continental tent stitch. It is unusual for me to use 25ct with HAED charts, as I tend to go for 28ct for better coverage. This project was started before I really had the knowledge or confidence to grid fabric myself and I couldn’t get Magic Guide in 28ct so I settled for 25ct. Thankfully the coverage is still really good, probably due to so much of it being light colours, sections with dark colours are confetti heavy and the large number of thread changes tends to prevent gaps.

I still love this chart, even though it is taking me so long to complete. I’m a big fan of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s artwork and have a number of her charts in my stash, waiting patiently to be stitched some day. The detail in Bridge of Wings is amazing, even though it uses less colours than many other HAED charts. That partial page will need to be finished soon, so I can add it to the collection of completed pages.

What project is it taking you longer than you thought to complete? Let me know in the comments so I can feel like I’m not the only one. Don’t forget to click those social media links in the top right of the page for more up to date project progress.

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