This is an art project done in liu of an essay on "Appreciation of Buddhism" for the Ministers' Assistant Program of the Buddhist Churches of America (http://www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/).
I'm not sure how long it took to make-- doubtlessly, a lot longer than an essay would have. I still need to mount it properly, but first need to get another "calligraphy board"-- I messed up the one I was going to use for backing when I drilled the holes to wire the hanging bar to it.
Project stats: I designed the pattern; base fabric done in peyote stitch using 11/0 seed beads, 54 beads wide by 75 or so rows (not including hanging loops). Bead appliquet/enhancements done with 15/0 seed beads. "Thread" was Fireline "Crystal", 8# test. Bamboo skewer for hanging bar. Will be mounted on a Japanese calligraphy board-- probably using adhesive "dots", since the wiring attempt was a failure, and the board on a washi "frame" used to display such boards.
UPDATE: the glue dot thingies didn't work, either.... Beadwork is too heavy. Will probably sew it directly to the washi "frame".