tweeted about wanting to start the June pattern in the 2015 Cross Stitch & Needlework Calendar. I had been looking for my next needlepoint project, and was completely taken with this design. Although intended for cross stitch, but being composed of only full stitches, it would be very easy for me to needlepoint.
I converted the floss colours to tapestry wool and cut a 10 count mono canvas. I went home that night quite excited to start something new. Two weeks later I couldn't understand why I had not yet put needle to canvas.
Stitching Tip: The background was not composed of only one colour. There are defined areas of 3 colours. Rather than following each symbol and counting row by row, I stitched the border around each area and then simply filled it in. This is a great idea for several reasons.
One - if you miscount, there is less to unpick and less fibre wastage.
Two - you only have to concentrate while stitching around the edge.
Three - when filling in each area, you can pay more attention to the TV, movie, or conversation.
This can be applied to smaller areas as well. Try it on your next project. If cross stitching, you can also only stitch the bottom stitch of your cross and later complete the stitches by going over them with the top portion of the cross stitch. This is only a suggestion if working with solid coloured threads.