Saturday, 23 July 2016

Joyful World - July

February is finished at last. Here's Mr and Mrs Mallard looking all loved up, presumably because Valentine's Day is this month.


I'm really loving this project and though it's a big design to tackle for a newbie to cross stitch like me, having it split up in to twelve totally separate areas makes it more manageable.


I can see already how lovely it's going to look when it's finished.

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  1. Mr and Mrs Mallard look great.

    Sending special thoughts your way and hoping Archie's results were not too bad. Take care

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you. Archie had his scan yesterday but we've got to wait for the results, we're expecting to hear something early next week.

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  2. Well done, that looks good. Flighty xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm pleased with how it's looking so far.

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  3. It's coming along really nicely, Jo. I think you can stop calling yourself a newbie now! :o)

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    1. I'm not sure about that, when I see the designs which some people stitch up I realise I've got a long way to go to get to that stage.

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  4. Such teeny, tiny stitches and so pretty, you inspire me.

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    1. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. I'm usually rubbish with a needle and thread.

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  5. Yep. I knew I was going to love February :)

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    1. I think those ducks are right up your street.

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  6. It's a perfect starting project, all the small monthly designs, giving you less to stitch each time and then building into a fantastic huge finished piece. I'm loving stitching mine.

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    1. I'm really enjoying stitching it up too. As you say, it will be a lovely piece once it's finished.

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    1. It's such a lovely design, I knew it was something I wanted to join in with as soon as I saw it.

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  8. It looks great, Jo. I like having smaller sections to stitch at one time too. Some of the really big designs can be very intimidating, especially when you're just starting to work on them.

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    1. Having smaller sections in a larger design certainly makes it less intimidating. I like to see how each part adds to the overall effect, it's going to look lovely once it's finished.

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  9. oh it is lovely. That project is on my to do list one day! I'll just have to change some of the seasons around for down under.

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    1. It's such a lovely design. It should be easy enough to change some of the months around to correspond with what's happening there, the months are also given in different languages for those who don't speak English.

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  10. Looking good. Well done working on such a big piece. Take care.

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    1. It was quite daunting at first but I've got used to it now and I'm thoroughly enjoying working on it.

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  11. Brilliant, I don't have the patience for cross stitch, perhaps one day I will.

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    1. I think it's the length of time it takes to complete a project that you need the patience for, the actual crafting is really enjoyable.

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  12. love it, it will look fab when you have completed it.

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    1. I think each section will keep me interested in the project. It's easy to get bored when working on something so large but the change of design each month is like starting afresh.

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  13. I think you're doing a great job on this SAL :-) I'm afraid i am well behind now but i'm still saving the files in case i want to pick them up again.

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    1. I'm sure you'll get back to it in time. I'm the same with my crochet along, the CAL was finished long ago but I'm still a way off finishing my project yet. I do like to work on things in my own time, it takes the pleasure out of it if I'm having to rush.

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  14. Well done, it's looking really good. I love the ducks :-)

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    1. It's a lovely design, each month is totally different so it should definitely hold my interest.

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  15. This will be gorgeous when you're finished, my mom was a cross stitcher and did massive beautiful pieces, luckily I have 2 of them, I'll have to show you sometime. Are you on instagram? I can't remember. Anyway, this is absolutely lovely! Have a great week xx

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    1. Projects like these are lovely things to keep in the family. I have some embroidery that my nana did during the blackouts in the war, it will get passed on to Eleanor eventually. No, I'm not on Instagram, I've managed to avoid most social media so far.

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  16. Lovely finish, you will be zooming off on the sewing machine next! xcx

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    1. I'd love to. I keep saying that I'll get Eleanor to get her machine out so that I can have a go, it's just finding the time with all the other projects I've got on the go.

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  17. Gosh, absolutely gorgeous Jo! Who would think you're new to this!xxx

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    1. I know it's not perfect but I think it's certainly passable, I'm very happy with how it's turning out.

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  18. It's looking lovely Jo. Your stitches are so neat, I can't believe you are a newbie!

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    1. I think it's probably down to luck more than skill that it's turning out so well but I'm taking my time on it which I think helps.

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  19. It's been ages since I've tried doing something crafty.
    This is nice.

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    1. I thoroughly enjoy working on crafty projects, it's a good way to relax.

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    1. I'm really enjoying working on it, I think that's the main thing with any hobby.

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  21. Oh, that is just gorgeous...you are doing such a fabulous job. Newbie? Not anymore!

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    1. I certainly feel a little more experienced than when I first started but I know I've got lots to learn yet.

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