January Fox

I remember, sometime back in early December, promising myself that I wouldn’t join any SALs in 2016. The Smalls SAL was enough to keep me busy, along with the stocking for my dad, and a whole bunch of other projects I had planned. Then I found out about the Snowdrop SAL and joined it. No problem, it is one small design over about a month or so. Then I heard about the Joyful World SAL.

Oh dear. It is a twelve month commitment, and each design is a fair size, about 100×70 stitches. If I did it all on one piece of fabric it would be huge. No, there is no way I will join.

Joyful World SAL January

Joyful World SAL January

I joined… Well, it is free and January’s design is so cute! I ultimately decided to do the French names for the month to help add to the “European” flair of the designs, and because I am still trying to improve my French. (It is as terrible as always.)

Luckily, I had the perfect piece of fabric in just the right size to stitch all the designs in a 3×4 layout. It is 28 count Lugana in the colourway Heritage from Enchanting Lair. (You may have noticed a theme with nearly all the hand-dyed fabric I use. I’d say that 90%, if not more, comes from Laura at Enchanting Lair. She has always done such a great job with her colours, and she is a nice lady too.) And, since I am trying to do this on the cheap, I’ve gone with DMC for the fibres.

So, if you are interested in succumbing to a year-long SAL, check out The Snowflower Diaries, or ask to join the Facebook group here. And if you are already stitching along, please let me know.

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13 Responses to January Fox

  1. Amy says:

    I joined this one as well, though I’m not nearly as far along as you are! I got a piece of 36 count linen, and am doing the 3×4 as well. I’m excited because I think it will look great, but it’s definitely an undertaking!!

    Your Janvier looks lovely!

  2. Loretta says:

    Looks great. I love your fabric choice. I was tempted but I have too much on the go right now.

  3. Justine says:

    So tempting but I’ve resisted so far! That’s a beautiful fabric and I think you made a good choice using DMC as it won’t compete with the variations in the fabric like a hand-dyed might.

  4. Linda says:

    It looks great. I have printed the patterns but haven’t started them yet.


  5. Joanne P says:

    I’m trying to resist this one! They are cute and I do like them but I can see it is a case of peer pressure for me. So I am just downloading them to see if I still love them next year!

  6. Rachel says:

    Well done on keeping to your laurels and not joining this SAL!! Actually, I can see why you caved in! The fox is really sweet. I wonder what the other months will have in store for you? 🙂

  7. Grace Horton says:

    I am enjoying this SAL looking forward to starting March

  8. Lee says:

    Yes I am stitch the SAL have just sorted out a piece of fabric and have started stitching

  9. Heather says:

    Lol! I told myself no new starts until I finish my wip but guess who has new fabric ready to go? Lovely stitching 🙂

  10. Maggie says:

    I joined the FB group too, although i have yet to start stitching.
    Both January and February are just lovely aren’t they?

    I like your idea of stitching the French version, i hadn’t thought of that, but i might
    just steal your idea, lol

  11. Emma says:

    I have saved the first two months designs but so far resisted starting them (just!)

  12. Kim McCool says:

    This is such a sweet SAL, isn’t it? I need to get on the stick and start to stitch these up.

  13. Varla Lee says:

    Hello!! I also join this sal & I’m glad you too, it’s so beautiful!