Cross-stitch

Stitch By Stitch: Restarting the World Map

I can’t actually remember when I began my world map. Or which Christmas it was that M gave it to me. Probably eighteen months for the former, and two or three years for the latter.

At the start of the first lockdown, it was the two circles. I picked it up for a couple of months and got the land stitched. Then, you know, distractions: other projects and crafts, work…All the normal things which cause big projects to be neglected.

It doesn’t help that what remains, beside the odd sea-creature, is the border. Which makes me feel tired just by looking at it. Lots of mermaids and tentacles.

To be honest, the thought of all the back-stitching fills me with gloom too.

It’s why my only cross-stitching goal this year is to complete it. It’ll probably take me all year. I don’t think I could manage with others as well. I can do little ones for when I need a break, the sort that I can complete within an evening or two.

My plan, therefore, with the map is simple. So simple.

One stitch at a time. It’s the only way.

Actually, I’m going to try and think of it as one section at a time. And then celebrate every time I complete a section.

This section took me two sessions, mostly because the blending filament rather took it out of me. I’ve not used it before, and I’ve discovered that I don’t like it. The hank of 12 skeins fills me with dread, and the fear that I’ll accidentally allow my dislike of it stop me from completing the piece. I’ll have to take those parts slowly.

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