I think I bit off more than I can chew when I started the Joyful World stitch along back at the beginning of 2016. I'd only completed one cross stitch project at the time so I knew it would be challenging but I decided that I'd take my time on it and go at my own pace. Well, it's been a long time since I picked it up and it's been languishing in it's basket for what seems like an eternity.
It's the fabric I'm using which has put me off. I'd only ever used aida fabric before and this is 28 count linen and I've come to the conclusion that it just isn't for me. What's more, it's such a huge piece of fabric that I spend most of the time manhandling it to get in a good enough position to stitch. I've since used 28 count evenweave fabric when I stitched You Are So Loved for Eleanor and I really like that, it's much softer compared to the harshness of the linen.
Pulling out my Spice of Life blanket, which I wrote about in my Rip It Up And Start Again post, was liberating, I no longer had that nagging feeling knowing it was there waiting for me to work on, and I've been getting those same feelings with this Joyful World project so I've taken the decision to call it a day. There's other cross stitch projects which have caught my eye but I haven't wanted to start something new whilst this has been waiting for my attention.
I'd completed three months and had just started the border for April, so I'd only done a quarter of it. I should say that the charts were from The Snowflower Diaries blog and they're still available there. Perhaps I should have tackled each month separately, it wouldn't have seemed such a big undertaking then.
Life's too short to spend time on projects you're not totally committed to. I'm looking forward to giving some other cross stitch projects a go now, but I won't take on anything quite so big.