You would think, if ever there was a year to let a weekly-release craft along project slide, it would be 2020. Who has the headspace to keep up with stuff with *waves hand* all that going on? And yet…2020 is the first year that I have actually managed to keep up, and finish, a stitchalong.
When I started the Peppermint Purple blackwork stitchalong back in January, I figured I would manage a week or two, and then forget about it. To be fair, I managed to get around 10 weeks behind at one stage, and thought about pulling the pin. Many of the blocks, though, were quite a quick stitch, and with limited craft space, I didn’t have that much else to work on. That alone was enough inspiration to pick it back up and keep going.
It was around September, when I discovered a major issue – I’d cut my fabric a row too short. Whoops. The upside, though, was that I could be finished a good month before everyone else. I am nothing if not competitive, and knowing I had a head start on finishing kept me powering through.
When I first noticed the length issue, I thought I might unpick the top row to keep it balanced. Now it is done, however, I I think I can live with four rows in the top block and three in the bottom block. I chose to not add a blackwork border, and instead just went with a simple outline. There’s something appealing about the crisp simplicity of the black to offset the tizziness of the coloured blackwork. I plan to frame it for my craft room, once our new house is built. The colours tie in nicely with my rainbow wave, and I can’t wait to have a space of my own again, filled with rainbows.