I spent last weekend building the house on my anniversary sampler.
I thought this would go quickly, but houses are SO full of stitches! For real, right? I didn't have terribly far to go, because here's where I left off the before the weekend:
And yet I was pushing to finish it after almost two days of solid stitch time! Luckily, I was in a room full of stitching buddies over the weekend and they kept me on task, so I was able to finish it Saturday afternoon. (And when I say keep me on task, I mean that I was too embarrassed to give up and work on another project. There would have been witnesses to my defeat, and I can't have that.)
So why did that house feel like it took so long to stitch? Well, I decided to calculate time and stitches, starting with a total of 2, 276 stitches in that house. Now, if I'm JUST creating cross stitches, I average about 5 complete cross stitches per minute. (Yes, I timed myself) So if I had unending lengths of thread and stitched solidly with no breaks, that number of stitches would take me 7 hours and 40 minutes.
But of course, we must include pauses for tucking threads, starting threads, cutting threads, threading needles, unwinding floss, untangling floss, counting and recounting. So to be on the safe side, let's add another 2 hours for all the stitching related activity that isn't actual putting thread onto fabric. And even that 's probably a low estimate, because we all know that a tangled skein of DMC can take up a serious chunk of time...
And there you have it. Conservatively, almost 10 hours of stitching went into a medium sized house. Now, if you are like me, you must add in the time spent of getting up for snacks, walking around the room and admiring your buddies' work, catching up on everyone's families and jobs, grazing at the snack table AGAIN, texting, looking up useless trivia online, gossiping about shops and bloggers, bathroom breaks, having more snacks on your way back from the bathroom, stretching your legs for a nice long, cold walk...and then you need another snack. So - time sure flies!
And now that I think about it, it's downright amazing that I finished that house! There. Now I feel much better.