Welcome to the Jolliest blog on the block! Each month we have a different theme. You choose your OWN chart, fabric and threads. Share your progress as you go along and post your finished piece by the last day of the month. You can join at anytime throughout the year and choose which months you wish to stitch with us. Happy Xmas everyone!
This is my first post to the group, and I am as always, a little late to the party-
Day 1 and Day 2. I do hope to have Day 3 finished by month end. This is a picture of how it will look when it is finished - found in the Cross Stitch and Needle Work Magazine (no longer publishing). I have spent a lot of time deciding if I really wanted to stitch the big pear tree in the middle or just have the days in three rows of four. There are so many fractional stitches in those leaves. I do think I am going to go with the pattern as charted.
March is the time for the 3rd Day of Christmas, and 3 Turtle Doves. I'm enjoying stitching Margaret Sherry's 12 Days.
I make my own through mistakes that I leave in, and work around. Thread colors that I change because I don't have it. Or in the case of the beret in this month's chart, I have just chosen to use Very Dark Pewter Grey rather than Black.
I've also chosen to use more color in my "Backstitching" to highlight. I used Very Dark Pewter Grey, Very Dark Salmon, as well as the Dark Coffee Brown that is charted.
Margaret Sherry's French Hen is simple in it's design and colors. It's been fun to stitch, and very relaxing.
Here is a picture I pulled off the internet of her design.
My version of 3Turtle Doves. It looks like one of the French Knots for an eye is a little loose, and needs to be fixed. Overall it turned out pretty well. I'm happy. I also noticed that my backstitching along the outside of the bread isn't showing up for some reason. It is there however.
These are the progress photos. One for each day that I actually stitched.
I know that it isn't much of a tip, but for me it works well. My backstitching always seems lumpy, and doesn't lay flat. When I can I use a running stitch instead. I stitch every other stitch until I reach the end. Then I turn and fill in the missing stitches. They lay much flatter for me. I hope this helps you in some way.
Until next month fellow stitchers. May your stitches lay flat, and the frogs stay far away.
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here
Sorry.... I am so late posting this pic of my finished second day square. I did have this finished in February but I just kept running out of time to post!
I am stitching this on 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" from Colour Cascade Fabrics and using threads from Jodyri Designs. The colours I am using are: Sense & Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, The Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Into Midnight (the border).
Day 3 is progressing nicely.... hopefully I will get back to post that before the end of March!
I have completed the third block on Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas:
Here's where I was last month on the whole piece:
And here is where I am now:
I stitched for two whole days on the left hand Herald Angel but the rest of the progress has been just a little bit each evening while my son is in the bath. Those minutes all add up over the course of a month.