The joy of starting a new project

startThere’s something wonderful about the first few stitches of a new project.

You’ve opened your kit and laid everything out, or assembled the fabric and threads you need for your chart.

You load your fabric on to your hoop or frame, and you’re off. Whether you’re a corner or a centre starter, you thread up that first colour, pick a point on the fabric to set off from, and start stitching.

You’ve got a blank canvas in front of you on which you know a wonderful image will develop over the next few days, weeks or months. You’re not yet bogged down in counting (it’s hard to go wrong at this point) nor frustrated by a confetti-heavy area slowing you down.

Savour the moment. Unless you stitch a lot of small pieces like cards, it’ll be a while until the next one!

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