It isn’t quite Spring, not just yet, but January has such depressing weather when it isn’t snowing. I’m looking ahead and pretending there is sunshine. Easier to do when I don’t have to go outside and face reality.
I know I have the map to complete, but since I haven’t actually done any stitching since about November, I thought I’d get back into it with a mini-kit from the stash. This one is a Hobbycraft one, which I got last spring, I think it was.
I like hedgehogs. We have quite a few (ornaments) around the place, though I haven’t cross-stitched very many.
This kit has been better than some Hobbycraft ones I’ve done, in that it doesn’t have any fractionals – always a win – though it does have quite a few of the dreaded French knots, and some new-to-me embroidery stitches: Spider Webs and Lazy Daisies. (That’s not quite true: I’ve come across them before but never stitched them. So a first, rather than new.)
I decided to replace the French knots with adhesive gems from the card-making supplies. Could have done with some slightly smaller ones, but they work just as well as French knots. Better, in fact, because I didn’t have to struggle and curse and then give up and have another think. I planned this from the start.