March 6, 2012

Chinese Garden Mandala - Finished!!!!

(picture heavy post upcoming)

O HAPPY DAY!!!!! *dances and twirls around* The last bead went in at 11:15 last night and CHINESE GARDEN MANDALA IS FINISHED!!!!

This was my first Chatelaine class, where Martina released one part a month. A lesson in patience, that's for sure! And I am reminded every month at what a designing genius she is.

I want to thank you all for taking this journey with me. It has been so much fun!!!! :D We had four different color phoenixes, four scenic views, four seasons, four different ming vases, wisteria bushes, bamboo shoots, gorgeous chrysanthemums, lanterns, kois, mandarin ducks.... the list goes on....

Since a picture speaks a thousand words, here are a few thousands and I'll let them do the talking. Me... I'm speechless at the moment, a rare occurence, that's for sure!! LOL!!!!!!

The Particulars:
by Chatelaine - Martina Rosenburg
Fabric: 32ct antique white lugana
Materials: Silks and beads. Kit from europeanxs.com
Started: April 21st, 2011
Finished: March 5th, 2012


























105 comments :

Vani said...

Can I just say that I am in awe of what you stitch! I absolutely adore your stitching. And one of my favorite parts of your blog are your pictures. These were great pictures of your Chinese Garden Mandala. You know just what details we would want a closer look at! I think my favorite parts are the phoenixes! Great job Joysze!!!

tiffstitch said...

You did it!! Wowowowowow!!! It is so gorgeous! I feel like I'm looking at stitchy porn, my eyes are all dried out from gazing at your beautiful pictures, wow!! Your stitching looks perfect from every angle and thank you for all the close-ups of all the different elements. That really brings it into perspective of how amazing this piece is.

Rebekah said...

Wow! Just wow! Congratulations! Those are some really great pictures. They really show off the yumminess of the beads, treasures, and special stitches.

Donna said...

I don't know what to say. This is just an amazing picture!!! It just looks fantastic!!!!

Dana said...

Simply amazing! I don't think I have the courage to ever attempt such a project. It is absolutely stunning. You go girl!

McKenna C. said...

Congratulations! It looks AMAZING!!! You're pictures of it are awesome too. :)

~McKenna

Ineke said...

Congratulations on this gorgeous finish!!

Krista said...

Congrats! What an accomplishment :) It is so beautiful!

justsomestuffimade said...

Wowsers Joyze - I just love this now you've finished it. Thanks for sharing all those pics, in such detail. What a wonderful stitching journey.... I'm tempted to try one of these mandalas myself ;)
Rx

MoonBeam said...

Congratulations...a beautiful and major accomplishment!

Bobbi

Shannon said...

It's gorgeous! Congratulations! :)

Heli said...

Congrats, it's gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! ♥ ♥ ♥

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Joyce!! Absolutely amazing! :) The beads are gorgeous!!

Nicola said...

Absolutely beautiful work. Stunning! What next??? ;)

Kruissteekies said...

wow gorgeous

jcat0629 said...

OMG SO gorgeous Joyce! Congrats on this amazing finish. This was a long fun journey for all of us to travel with you on.

Karen said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

I imagine if I saw this in person, it would take me all day staring just to see ALL of the details.

Martina is amazing. Congratulations!!

Katie said...

Simply gorgeous! I agree with you being speechless. I'm sure it's even a million times more beautiful in person. Congrats doesn't seem big of enough word.

Terri said...

That is just stunning!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on the finish!

Which one are you going to start next? :-)

missy-tannenbaum said...

Congratulations on finishing your project! It looks really amazing, and it's so cool that you got it done, too!

Zigmoond said...

Joyze, you hero! Very beatiful garden!

Nic said...

Absolutely stunning - I am dancing with you on your fantastic finish. I can't wait to start my first Chatelaine on 1st April :-)

geeky Heather said...

Wow, wow, wowitty wow WOW!! For some reason I had no idea you were so close to being done! It. Is. FANTASTIC!!! Fabulous, stupendous and stunning. Congratulations!! And thanks for the enabling, I really want to do this one someday (maybe after I actually visit China =P).
I'm happy dancing with you!! Gorgeous pictures, BTW!

Ann said...

Hi Joysze!

I didn't realise this was your first "real" online class experience! ;-)
Happy dancing with you here!

Your pictures really reveal what a beauty this piece is! I must admire your patience! Over one, lots of backstitchin and Algerian Eyelets, ... :-)

Are you going to frame it?

Anyway ... you can be proud of yourself!

Enjoy!!!
Ann

demeter83 said...

Joyce, it's absolutley gorgeous, you've put so much work in to it and it was totally worth it.
And the question on everyones lips, what are you going to work on next?

Suburban Stitcher said...

GORGEOUS! I never would have known that it was your first "official" class...Great job! Now on to Serengeti!

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

I have been waiting with baited breath for this post! I have run out of superlatives to describe your stitching - this finish is just breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us - your beautiful pics were one of the reasons I signed up to CGM in the first place and I have had so much fun thanks to you! Can't wait to stalk you on Serengeti!

Natasha said...

stunning! And who would have known it was your firts. You did a beautiful job.

Barbi said...

I can't even tell you how stunning this is! Well done!!!

stitchstitchknit said...

Huh, I can't find the words to describe what you did.... AMAZING? GORGEOUS? BREATHTAKING? STUNNING? UNBELIEVABLE? Is there a word to say all wonderful words at once?
=)

Giovanna said...

Congratulations! What a splendid finish, you must be very proud of it!

Abbybeth said...

oh it's so gorgeous! Congratulations - it's amazing :) You know you're going to be my go-to-gal once I start mine, right?

breathtaking is the right word!

valerie said...

OMG, I'm speechless too! I remember when you started. It's absolutely 100% gorgeous, stunning and beautiful! I've enjoyed seeing it grow and am happy dancing with you. Can't wait to see it on your wall! Congratulations Joyce!

Jodie said...

O...M...G! This piece is absolutely stunning! I can't believe the beautiful detail in this...your stitching is amazing!

Yvon (jioya) said...

This is so BEAUTIFUL.
I love all the pic's!!!
Thank you for sharing and i hope that you will show a photo of it on your wall in full glorie!

Hugs Yvon.

Andie said...

Wahoo wahoo wahoo *dances a happy jig with you* that is so awesome Joyce and so beautiful!! Congratulations!!! :D

Z said...

Congratulations, it looks wonderful.

Ruth said...

Oh my gosh that is just stunning, super super well done on the finish and wow what a finish !

Sarah said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a labour of love. It looks absolutely gorgeous

Daffycat said...

*faints* OMG you did it!!! Congratulations, Joyce. This is a spectacular finish!

Sarah said...

Yay Joyce!! Love it! May there be many, many more Chatelaines in your future!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Wow!!! That is really stunning! What a huge accomplishment! Kudos to you, Joyce!

Lesleyanne said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous finish.

Kim said...

Wow!

Congratulations on your stunning finish! I'm in awe; it is just a stunning piece, there is so much going on in it.

Lovely, lovely finish :)

Wow, again!

Kristy said...

WoW Congratulations on the finish that is stunning!

Kelly said...

What an awsome piece! Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing.

Kelly said...

What an awsome piece! Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing.

Yuki said...

Grats!!! She is wonderfull!!!

lynda said...

This piece is positively gorgeous! Congratulations on an amazing finish!

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh it's fantastic! Thank you for sharing great pics of every part. It's awesome that you finished in less than a year, too!

Maggee said...

The have used up all MY words to describe how absolutely beautiful your Mandala is!! Congratulations on such a masterpiece! True art! Hugs!

Ewa said...

I think the only thing I can say is: HOLY CRAP!

*steals it*

Shannon said...

That is absolutely gorgeous - Congratulations!

Michele said...

Can add another WOW! Stunning, Gorgeous, Beautiful, TOTALLY WICKED!!! LoL Congratulations on a fantastic finish. It deserves Chinese fireworks to go with it. XD

Reaper said...

This is utterly gorgeous! You did a superb job on it too, well done :-) I think the phoenixes are my favorite bits, they're so colorful! Looking forward to your work on your next mandala.

Mouse said...

dare I say you've missed a bead HAHAHAHA only kidding ;) whoop whoop see this mouse do a somersault or twoooooo ... looks absolutely stunning and well worth all the hours of beautiful stitching you have put in to it :)
sooooo what's next then ???? love mouse xxxxxx

Tiki said...

Fabulous work!! :D

katica said...

Absloutely beautiful! congratulations on such a wonderful finish! I've several Chatelaine's in my stash but have yet to be brave enough to take the leap!

I can't tell you which is my favourite part as they are all beautiful!

Karen said...

What a stunning piece!

The Crafty Princess said...

I love seeing those words "Picture heavy post". Thank you so much for taking the time to post all those close ups of all the detail that went into this project.

It's absolutely stunning, I'm gobsmacked. I love all the detail and the back stitching on the ming vases is truly wonderful. All the stitches and colours are spectacular. You should be speechless and very proud. Congratulations stunner on such a beautiful creative piece of stitching!

YAY!!! xo Alicia

Claudette497 said...

Stunningly beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done!

Linda said...

WOW Joysze. I would never ever be brave enough to stitch something like this. It is absolutely stunning. Congrats on an awesome finish.

Linda

Tama said...

I can't decide which phoenix I love the best, but I do truly love them!
Your mandala is exquisite, congratulations!

Anne said...

SQUEEEEEEEEALS With Joy for Joyceeeeeee!!! Super amazing Darlin'!! I can feel your happiness here!! It's a stunner....I'm speechless....gorgeous phoenixes, beading, the vases, the wisteria, the koi, the everything!!!

HMBWZ!!!!!

Kate said...

OMG that is incredible! Congratulations Joyce!!! Love all the detail pics , what a stunning journey!

Faith... said...

It is simply stunning! Congrats on such a beautiful finish :)

Deb said...

Congratulations!! Finishing Chinese Garden is quite an accomplishment! Your pictures are so well taken that it felt like I was right there looking at the piece! Simply gorgeous!! Congratulations!!!!

Yuki said...

Grats!!! She is wonderfull!

Mireille said...

So special so beautiful. I can't find the words. You may be proud on your work.

Hugs,
Mireille

Kate said...

Also speechless.......**stunned silence**

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

Your patience has paid off.

ArabicaMix said...

Congratulations on finishing Joyce - it looks stunning!
I love the details and therefore have great pleasure in watching your progress

Joyce, thanks for a beautiful process.

♥ Nia said...

Uhuuuuuuuuuuuuuu congrats on your finish!!! Stunning!! Happy dance for you :D
ƪ(^◡^)ʃ ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ ƪ(˘˛˘)ʃ ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ*

Carol B said...

OMG, it is SPECTACULAR!! I can't even imagine finishing such an amazing piece. Congratulations!

milly said...

Hi

That is so beautiful!

Congrats on your finish.

What an acheivement!

Isadarena said...

Wowowowowow Joyce!!! You really deserve many congratulations o nthis fabulous finish!! It is so gorgeous!

Sally said...

Oh wow!!!! Congratulation on a stunning finish!!! It is beautiful!

Susan said...

Happy Dancing with you! Congratulations on an absolutely beautiful finish. It really is an amazing piece. The design as a whole is gorgeous, but I really love those mums.

Gizzimomo said...

WOW! That's so awesome. Huge congratulations!

Can I also just say that I don't think I've EVER seen a post with so so many comments before..... just goes to show how well loved you are in the Blogisphere!

Kielrain said...

That is really stunning. Such a great piece. All the different stitches and the wonderful beads and crystals.
I know it is even more fantastic in person.

Novia said...

FANTASTIC!!!!! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

shio said...

CONGRATZ!!

omg this job have a lot of details :O!!
is very dificult and the same time very nice :D
i love the phoenixes!! :3

Kimberly said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS work!! Love the look of the silks and beading -- so exquisite. Thank you for sharing!!

Kate said...

Simply stunning

Tammy said...

totally gorgeous!!!!!! I want to stitch now!!! I have to finish my ufos so I can start alpine!!! then maybe next year I might be able to do the Serengeti one

Tamara said...

So beautiful! Congratulaions! I can't wait to see the next one started. :)

Amurina (Ирина) said...

Congratulations!!!

Lynda said...

What a wonderful finish, Joyse. I have often looked at the Mandala's but never taken the plunge.

Minnie said...

There aren't any other words that haven't already been said about you Master Piece. I usually credit the artist with the beautiful designs but when you have stitched a piece like this all the credit goes to you. Absolutely awesome!

Topcho said...

Oh. My. God. This is just so awesome, amazing, gorgeous, stunning and I need to go get my dictionary because none of the words that comes to my mind is good enough to describe this beauty. Congatulations on the great job!

Tazzy said...

Your Chinese Mandala is gorgeous!!! I've truely enjoyed watching you stitch this beautiful piece, and I look forward to watching your Serengeti Mandala bloom under your needle.

Jan said...

I'm jumping up and down and squeeing for you! It is beautiful. There is nothing quite like finishing a Chatelaine. Absolutely wonderful.

Pauline said...

Great work!
Great pictures!
Great colours!
Great finish!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Make that 93 comments ;)

That is one beautiful and colourful piece you have sewn yourself.

Meari said...

Wow, that is beautiful! Congratulations on an awesome finish.

Xeihua (Sara) said...

WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!! WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! It's all I can say at this moment... It's ssssssoooooooooooo stunning and amazing and gorgeous and beautiful and amazing and stuning... there's not enough words to describe it... I'm doing a HUGE Happy Dance with you for this beauty ;)...
I loved following your progress on it, and seeing it grow and each part making it even more gorgeous... now... I'll miss it... but it's for a great reason :D
I hope your celebrating a lot (and if you don't have room on your house to display it I have many empty walls eheheheh xD)

Hugs,

Veronica said...

Wheeeeeeeee... Dancing and twirling around with you here! It's wonderfully, breathtakingly, stunningly, beautifully, gorgeously stitched! Not surprising you're so happy. I'll be ecstatic too. LOL! Everything looks perfect. And the colours delicious. Love the sparkles.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Mangogirl said...

wow! that piece is stunning :D

Emma'sStitches said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful! Are you going to frame it?

Maureen said...

What can I say - stunning, it is!

Stitching Noni said...

Amazing! Saying well done so doesn't seem to be enough for such a beautiful piece of stitching! You have done a fabulous job on the design & I can well understand you doing a huge happy dance. It is a beautiful design & you have certainly done it justice! Bravo ;0)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gorgeous! or
beautiful, magnificent,
attractive, beaut, bright, brilliant, centerfold, colorful, dazzling, delightful, dream, drop-dead, easy on the eyes, elegant, enjoyable, exquisite, fine, flamboyant, foxy, gaudy, glittering, glorious, good-looking, grand, handsome, imposing, impressive, knockout, lavish, lovely, lulu, luxuriant, luxurious, opulent, ostentatious, pleasing, plush, pulchritudinous, ravishing, resplendent, showy, splendid, splendiferous, stunning, sublime, sumptuous, superb

OK, I stuck gorgeous in the online Thesaurus and copy/pasted in to the comment field LOL.
Can't decide if I like the phoenixes or the corner scenes most of all. Need to go back and have another dozen looks.

The Maiden said...

Stunning, I too was left speeches and just drooled for several minutes! This is the project of a lifetime, I cannot beleive all the specialty stitching. It is too beautiful for words. Joy

Lissanne said...

Congratulations!! This is so beautiful! I am sorry I missed your finish. I hope to be able to finish mine at some point! the phoenixes are gorgeous! Love all your closeups!

ricketyjo said...

congratulations on your finish, it looks absolutely stunning! :)

Chris McGuire said...

That finish is the most beautiful stitched piece I have ever seen. WOW!!!