Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Golden Tapestry Finished! and The Real Cost

I have Good News and Not-So-Good News.  I have been meaning to post this, to show I can actually finish a bigger project.  😉

First the Good News...  It's finished!  Took me the whole year, and needed over 2 million stitches.  I had the design and main silk for a few years and made it a resolution to complete this project in 2016.

My finished tapestry of gold metallic thread on dark green silk. 

I modified a quilt label from embroidery library and happily stitched the label for the back.

I finished it at the end of December - just in time to hang for Christmas. Resolution Complete. ✔️

Now the Not-So-Good News...  I now know how much I spent on it.

Do you know the cost of your projects?  I recently went through the records I had for this project, and totaled up the cost.  Time invested is priceless, but the material costs really add up too.  I knew it would be pricey because of the silk and metallic thread.  I must admit, the total was more than I thought, probably because I purchased some things before and had them on hand, so I didn't think about their prior cost.  I also spent a little extra on purchasing gold silk samples in search of the perfect shade of gold border to match this project.

Here are my costs (rounded to nearest whole dollar).  I tried to shop sales and uses coupons/codes where I could:
  • Anita Goodesign Golden Tapestry Embroidery Designs -  $74
  • Main Fabric - Dark Green Silk Dupioni - 3 yards - $57
  • Border Fabric - Soft Gold Dupioni Silk - 1 yard - $35
  • Backing Fabric - Forest Green Cotton - 3.5 yards - $18
  • Bobbin Thread - Brother 5-pack of 1200 yard spools - $38
  • Embroidery Thread - 6 spools of Pacesetter Deep Green 1100 yard spool - $37
  • Metallic Embroidery Thread - 9 spools of Floriani 880 yard cone - $126
  • Fabric Interfacing - Armo Weft fusible - 20" x 10 yards - $42
  • Batting for quilt top and sandwich - Pellon Nature's Choice Cotton - 90" x 2 yards - $11
  • Stabilizer - Floriani No-Show Mesh - 5 rolls of 12" x 10 yards (double layer in hoop) - $70
  • Quilting Top Thread - Sulky King Size Clear polyester - $7
  • Quilting Bottom Thread - Gutterman 500 M Dark Green SewAll -$5
TOTAL MATERIALS COST:  $520 

Incidentals:
  • Machine Needles - Schmetz 75/11 Embroidery - $15
  • Gold Border Fabric Swatches - $27
My total material costs:  $562 

If you are looking to make this project and wonder what exactly I bought and from where, I have a PDF copy of my actual costs and resources here.

I don't usually track expenses for a particular project, but this one was such an undertaking, that I happen to save the receipts.  Not sure I will do this again - I don't think I want to know.  😉   But this does show that hand-made quilts and projects like this are expensive to start - not including the time invested to create your masterpiece.

I totally love my Golden Tapestry and proudly hang it in our living room.  I hope it will be passed down for generations to come.

Happy Stitching!

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4 comments:

  1. You created an absolutely gorgeous tapestry. You must smile every time you walk by and look at it.

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  2. I'm making the same tapestry except I can't figure out a way to finish it. Did you use spray-adhesive to glue on the backing then bind it?

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  3. Hi Stella,
    I pin-basted the backing on, then stitched in the ditch along the blocks with clear thread. Then finally sewed the binding on. Hope this helps.

    Thanks.
    Sylvia

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