Ready for Jolly July!!

I’ve decided to participate in Jolly July!!! I’m going to do a new cross-stitch or embroidery ornament start each day in July.

I heard about the Jolly July project back in early June on both Priscilla & Chelsea’s Flosstube channel  and Fat Quarter Shop’s Flosstube channel. While the idea of StitchMaynia is overwhelming to me, I immediately was interested in the concept of a month of ornaments.

I have digital issues of Just Cross Stitch’s ornaments issues going back to the late 1990’s, as well as assorted cross-stitch and embroidery holiday patterns I obtained as freebies or purchased over the past dozen years. Jolly July seemed a perfect opportunity to make use of those resources to get a bunch of small-to-medium sized projects started. And if I have some projects started, I’ll be more inclined to pick one up and stitch on it in the evenings after work.

Last night I finally finished getting everything kitted up and ready to go. I looooove to organize, so looking at this box with all my projects ready to go makes me so darn happy!!


I ended up with 23 cross-stitch projects and 8 embroidery projects. Of the 31 projects, 2 are Halloween and the rest are Christmas/winter. Here’s a list of the patterns I’ll be stitching:



All the cross-stitching will be done on 14-ct fabric…primarily on Aida, although the two Halloween projects will be on plastic canvas. To keep things affordable, I’m using Aida from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.

For floss, I’m primarily using DMC, although I did buy Anchor in white and black since I’ve heard those are a bit plumper than DMC, and I did buy the Wisper and Kreinik flosses called for in a few of the patterns, and I’m using a Weeks Dye Works floss in the July 31st project. Here’s a list of alllllll the DMC flosses I needed for the 31 projects…I had about half the flosses already, which was helpful…and a list of the specialty flosses, buttons, and so forth which were called for in a few projects:



For kitting up the cross-stitch projects, I just cut 2 long strands of each floss called for in the pattern because that was the quickest and easiest way to put together 31 kits in just a couple weeks. I know some kits will have floss left over, and in some kits I will probably need more than 2 long strands of certain colors. The nice thing about using DMC is it’s easy for me to pick up more skeins if needed, it’s affordable, and I don’t worry about the dye lots being noticeably different. For the embroidery projects, I have a loose idea of the main color I want to use in each, then I’ll pick the remaining colors after I’ve started stitching. Below is a sample of how I kitted up each type of kit (the embroidery pattern was a freebie from years ago, so it’s okay that I’m showing the whole design):


I’m using a notebook to keep track of each project’s info. This will be helpful when I finish a project and want to blog the relevant info, especially if it takes me 6 months or a year to finish something…I won’t have to rely on my, um, not super great memory for details!! Below is an example of how I’m tracking each project:


I’ll be curious to see, after the end of July, to see how my kitting worked out, and to think about what I would do differently if I opt to participate in Jolly July (or StitchMaynia) next year.

I’m so excited to get home after work tomorrow and start on my first project!!!





5-23-2018: a WIP & some blog housekeeping

WIP — U.S. Sampler by Glory Bee (Just Cross Stitch magazine, Aug. 2012 issue) — I wanted to get some more practice stitching in-hand using the sewing method before I started on the Strawberry Fields Forever pattern, so this is my practice piece. I’m not stitching every day, and I’m a slow stitcher no matter whether I’m stabbing or sewing :P, but I’m hoping to finish this sampler this month. I’m stitching on 14-ct Aida, using 3 strands of the called-for colors of DMC.




Newly-Added Pages —  I created Pages for “Books Read,” “Patterns Stitched: Cross-Stitch,” and “Patterns Stitched: Embroidery.”

For “Books Read,” the info is from 2017-forward (since I didn’t start tracking my reading until 2017). For “Patterns Stitched,” the info is from 2008-forward.

As of now, none of the book titles nor the pattern names contain links. However, as time allows, I plan to make all of those clickable. For the patterns, I’m thinking about making them clickable to the pattern designer or seller as well as to my blog post of my finished project.

A link to each Page is underneath my blog header, as well as under the “Books Read & Patterns Stitched” title in my sidebar.

FlossTube Channels I’m Watching — I bumped this over to a list in my blog’s sidebar and, going forward, will be updating the sidebar list when needed rather than putting this info within my blog posts. (Although I only have a dozen-ish channels in my sidebar list, I actually do watch more channels when I have time!)

Podcasts I’m Listening To — I’ve also bumped this info into a sidebar list. I prefer to keep my podcasts list to not more than a dozen shows, so there won’t be too much in the way of additions or deletions to this list from month to month.


2016 Projects

No stitching happened in 2016; instead, an interest in drawing, watercoloring, and card-making took front and center.

Some (but, by no means, all) of the resources I utilized for classes and for inspiration for drawing, watercoloring, and card-making were:


The first two projects below were from the Whimsical Sketching class mentioned above. The third project was a Lilipopo freebie coloring page which I used to play around with watercoloring. And then I’ve included a handful of the cards I made, which is a small fraction of how many I made in 2016….I handmade cards for EVERYONE in our address book that holiday season!! I enjoyed doing it, but it was rather like a one-woman card-making sweatshop in our living room for a short period of time ;-).

01-2016 sandy allnock class 1

02-2016 Whimsical Sketching - Class 4

2016 watercolor

09-2016 Julie's Bday 001

Christmas - Andrew & Rodney

Christmas - for Andrew's cousins - close up

Christmas - Paula

Thanksgiving - Julie

Thanksgiving - Kristi

Christmas - Loli

Christmas - Rex & family

Christmas - Ron & family


2014 & 2015 Projects

These two years were a bit of a long, dry spell, with only five projects over the two-year span.

APR. 2014 — BUNNY & BIRDS:  These were both freebie patterns from The Snowflower Diaries; her designs are so lovely. If I recall correctly, this was my first time to use linen fabric and silk floss.

04-2014 Bunny & Birds

MAY 2014 — COFFEE FIRST:  This design made me chuckle; the pattern was from Pinoy Stitch.

05-2014 for Kristi 001

05-2014 for Kristi 002

JULY 2014:  OWL PAIR:  I added this owl pair to the pillowcase I embroidered for myself. (I can’t find the design source for this pattern.)

07-2014 owl pair (pillowcase)


MAY 2015:  I loved this design from A Little Sweetness. (She has such adorable patterns and illustrations.)

05-2015 for Kristi's bday 001

05-2015 for Kristi's bday 002