So little time at Christmas build up!

What can I say! Busy doesn’t even cut it…. there are not enough hours in the day and days in the weeks. With all the work, shopping, card writing, present wrapping alone with the social requirements, I have had hardly anytime to stitch and relax, and i’m starting to feel the stress and tension building. Not much longer now till the fun festive period, where I get to put my feet up and relax with my stitching.

So this is about all I have managed on Gracefaces by Josephine wall.

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  1. Carol
    12th December 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Nice to hear from you Teresa. ‘‘Tis the season, right! You hang in there, you will be resting and stitching soon let’s hope!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours🎄

    • thaydenball@googlemail.com
      Author
      12th December 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you carol! I will look forward to that😉. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🎄

  2. Glynn Johnson Hempel
    12th December 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Merry Christmas Teresa! It does get cRaZy around the holidays! I , personally, love it, but as I’m getting older it’s getting harder to get things done and that is depressing.
    I haven’t even stitched lately and I miss it!
    I noticed in the picture here that you use the parking method. Have you always done that? I’d like to try it, but it looks a little scary to me.
    Again, I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous we year!
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    • thaydenball@googlemail.com
      Author
      12th December 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Hi Glynn
      I do love Christmas – just not working right the way up to it 😆.
      Yes I park threads and have done from the very start. The trick is don’t over complicate it or the method. So my approach is stitch a 10×10 block at a time, only park threads directly below the block you are stitching. So when you have completed all of the symbol in your stitching block, look for the same symbol in the block below, if it is there, park the thread in your usual starting hole – that thread is then parked. Do this for your whole stitching block parking below. Any symbols that do not repeat in the square below finish the thread as usual. Then when you stitch the square below, start with all the parked threads first and again if repeats below park thread if not finish the thread – that is it in a nutshell😁. On your chart mark threads you stitch as usual and if you park a thread use a different colour so when you get to that block you can double check as you go checking you have a thread in the marked square. If at any time you have a thread in a hole that is not marked, stitch all the others first and then see if you have a spare thread in a hole not marked – that will be a thread parked in the wrong square which is a bit of a safe guard if you have gone wrong – and very easy to spot – hope this makes sense and helps if you fancied giving it a go👍

      • Glynn Johnson Hempel
        13th December 2017 / 9:08 am

        Thank you! That does take a bit of the “scariness” away!

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