I haven't joined a SAL for quite a while, mainly because I'm not very good at keeping up and I prefer to do my own thing when I feel like it. But this year I've decided to join in with Jolly July / Christmas in July. It's not strictly a SAL because the only thing required is for you to stitch something Christmas related. I don't have a problem with that as it's my favourite season to stitch.
So, in no particular order, these are my Jolly July starts for the first week.
LHN Frosty Flakes
I'm stitching with the recommended colours on a mystery piece of 32 count fabric.
32 count is not my favourite, I think the stitches look a little bulky using two stands of floss but I'm taking it slowly and I think it looks ok so far.
Next is The Button Tree by The Drawn Thread
Again I'm using the called for threads on some pale grey 28 count evenweave.
I only started this one yesterday and am already almost half way. I don't have enough pretty buttons to finish it so will have to search Amazon or ebay for those.
This is Country Cottage Needleworks Gingerbread House #3
Another chart I've had for ages and never stitched before.
I'm stitching this on 28 count fabric in pale blue with the recommended threads.
I really love how this one looks 💗💗
And finally, Jacobs Christmas stocking.
This is Brett's stocking by Shepherds Bush
I'm still waiting for some of the threads to come for this one, hence the small amount of stitching, hopefully they will be here within the next week. I could carry on stitching further down the chart but I'm scared of miss-counting and having to rip it out again, I'd sooner wait and get it right.
Next week I plan on having another three or four starts and then I'll work on them all in turn until the end of the month, obviously Jacobs stocking is going to take me longer than a few weeks to stitch but as long as I get the stitching done on it by around the end of September that will give me plenty of time to make it up.
I got the call from work last Friday afternoon, it was what I had expected from the off. Redundancy.
I won't go into the all the ways that I feel hurt and betrayed by the company I've worked at for the last fifteen years, but lets just say I've shed a few tears because of it and that the Directors are not the people I thought they were.
At the moment I don't feel in the right frame of mind to go looking for another job, I've never been in this situation before and I need time to get my head round it and feel better about myself.
In the meantime I'm enjoying a slower pace to the days and as you can see, getting lots of stitching time. I know there are going to be lots of people who loose their jobs before we are through with this pandemic and I do feel for you If you are one of those people too. I count myself very lucky in that we didn't rely on my money but I know i'm going to miss the routine of work and the office banter.
I hope you are all staying safe and well
See you soon