A big thank you to everyone who offered help and advice on my Joyful World - February post. All your hints and tips have been very helpful and as you can see, I pulled out my first attempt and started again, a little further in from the edges.
Excuse all the creases in the fabric, this is what becomes of having so much extra material to work around, I'm finding it rather tricky actually, it's being folded and rolled but I can't seem to position it in a way which makes it easy to stitch. In fact, I'm beginning to think that I've bitten off more than I can chew. This is only my second cross stitch project and I've gone for something quite challenging for me. One saving grace is that it's worked in twelve smaller sections so it's not quite so overwhelming. I shall proceed as I usually do with any large project and work on it in my own time and take it at my own speed, that way I don't start feeling bogged down on what should be an enjoyable activity.
I haven't got very far but I haven't had very much time for crafting this past month or so. I'm trying to find a little extra time as it gives me a lot of pleasure when I do work on it. With two or three large projects on the go at the moment, I've decided that I shall work on some smaller things in between. I've seen the You Are So Loved cross stitch design on quite a few blogs and I think it's delightful. It's another free design from The Snowflower Diaries. I've printed off the chart and bought the threads I need so I'm good to go.
Talking of threads, the storage box which Mick bought me for Christmas is filling up nicely, I've bought all the threads I'll need to complete the first three months of Joyful World and You Are So Loved.
I'm going to have to search out a local or localish craft shop which stocks cross stitch supplies. There's a local shop which is great for DMC thread as it's only 50p, compared to Hobbycraft which sells it at 90p, it's very cheap. I haven't found anywhere yet which stocks a good range of fabric, I know it can be bought online but I do like to see before I buy, one of the downsides to shopping on the internet.
I've got a little bit of spare time this afternoon so I think a stitchy hour or two is in order, I just need to decide whether to plough on with Joyful World or make a start on You Are So Loved, decisions decisions.