Living with Charm
Deigned by Lizzie Kate
Stitched with Sampler Threads & Weeks Dye Works on 32 count Lambswool by Wichelt.
Ripped off by The Silver Needle shop with their ridiculous postage costs.
Date started: 24th June 2008
Date finished: 16th July 2008
While I really like the end product, I'm very much aware that this is the most expensive project (by far) that I have ever undertaken. Lizzie Kate patterns are overpriced to say the least, but I did the following breakdown exercise & so am convinced to think very, very carefully before I buy another item of stash.
All in all, my costs were as follows: pattern costing $119US (includes 6 installments which cost $11.95 each to post!) & fabric and thread another $75US (more US postage included). The framing will cost approx $200AU.
Yes, I'm peeved with myself. I didn't think enough before I said to myself that I wanted this project. I usually spend about $50 max on any project (plus framing). My gorgeous Frederick the Literate was a mere $32AUD.
Fortunately for me, a LNS has recently opened, so if I ever want to do the Christmas with Charm, I can buy the patterns in one foul swoop for about $60. Yeah, right! I think I will use the idea but design something of my own.
Why have I published this breakdown online, you might ask?
Fellow stitchers, it's time to be brutally honest with yourselves. What have you got in your stash pile that cost a fortune that I now want to kick you in the butt to wriggle along and do?