And that’s a wrap.
This absurd thing was started in March. I was stitching the first tank when my mother came into the office with her diagnosis. I sat on her hospital bed while I laid down 72 poppies. This is dedicated to her — cancer-free, five months later, and still asking me strange questions about the First World War at 1am.
I’d like to thank everyone who reblogged my work-in-progress photos, and everyone who said such kind words about the project. All of you kept me going when I was exhausted from nursing and household-running and interpersonal drama. If this is any good, it’s because of the unfailing encouragement of my readers. Big sloppy grandma kisses for the lot of you.
I’d particularly like to thank Dan Carlin of Horrible Histories for his podcast. The three Blueprint for Armageddon episodes (x, x, and x) were an invaluable source of information — and entertainment, during the process. In addition to HH, I listened to the BBC’s inimitable series, The Great War, as well as BBC’s The First World War, BBC’s 1914-1918, Roy McMillan’s narration of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Robin Sach’s narration of A World Undone, and my own WWI playlist compiled from contemporary songs, Dear Old Blighty (also available on Firedrive).
Last but not least, and as always, you can see all of the previous work-in-progress photographs right here.