Last year on pinterest I saw a collection of little cross-stitch designs, one for each month of the year. They were very pretty and I eventually traced them back to the Snowflower Diaries the designer is Maja Matyas. The series is called Joyful World and they are designed to either be stitched separately or as one big calendar. Further investigation led me to a facebook page called Joyful World SAL, all the patterns are free and downloadable from the facebook page, if you fancy joining the facebook page, just be patient as they seem to add new members every couple of weeks or so.
I’m planning to stitch them all as individual ‘smalls’, ideally I need to get a month a head so I can have the appropriate month on display!
Maja uses The Gentle Art thread which are probably very slightly variegated, however she kindly gives the DMC alternative too, so I’m using that.
Of course despite having a large collection of DMC threads, I still needed to buy a few more, whilst I was at Hobbycraft I was tempted by yet another pair of embroidery scissors, well they are such a pretty colour! The design includes some white flowers so to make them stand out I decided to stitch it on Permin ‘rain’ evenweave linen, I bought it for my etui box, it’s a lovely soft green/grey shade, perfect for a wintery scene.
I managed to stitch January over the last week or so. The bottom row of stitches are eyelet stitches in alternate shades of green, the rest is in cross-stitch. The design includes a border too but I decided it was big enough without adding another 1″ of border for what I wanted. I just need to make it up into a pillow or mount it on cardboard.
I think they’re lovely designs, simple and cute without being twee! They are also a perfect size for popping in my handbag to stitch whilst I’m visiting my mum. Next months is gorgeous, two ducks, I’m looking forward to stitching it.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts tomorrow for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand sewn, why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been creating.