This is what 44 hours of hand-stitching looks like:
To be fair, I'm not totally sure exactly how many hours I put into this piece. But with 55 vertical rows and 77 horizontal rows, at an average of 20 mins spent on each row, 44 hours is my best guess. It began with a silhouette, cut out of one of my favorite floral fabrics.
After that, I pulled out my needle and thread and started stitching.
It was important to me that these two intersecting thread systems didn't just lay on top of each other, but instead be woven into each other. It's not quite "knit," of course, but I wanted to convey the same interlocking of materials to form something whole and complete.