Having decided to start actually using the patterns in the magazines I buy, I began with this clock-face from World of Cross Stitch. I don’t know how far off the suggested 30-hour stitching-time I was, but it’s taken me about two weeks’ of evenings stitching, although I suppose it isn’t really finished since I haven’t yet done the back-stitching. But it’s basically done.
It’s easy to say “Cherish every moment”, but it’s an entirely different matter to do it. It’s the sort of thing which takes practice and a lot of pretending in the beginning, but I imagine that eventually, with enough practice and pretence, it might become second-nature. But it might take a while.
I haven’t got there yet.
On the other hand, I enjoyed stitching this, which tells me that I might have been too quick to dismiss the pretty patterns with long lists of threads, and it has rekindled my desire to find some way of making stitching a part of my everyday business, and not just something I do in the evenings. Now to bestir myself into becoming a doer as well as a planner…