I looked through the pattern and ummed and ahhhed about how to start. I found a Facebook group for counted canvas and got some very useful tips from the people in there about how to go about starting.
I pinned the canvas to my stretcher bars and decided to take the plunge. After that there was no stopping me.
I was advised to add more tacks to hold my canvas securely in place.
Once the first stitches were in I was loving every stitch.
The best thing about a project like this is once you've completed one section you can stitch the rest by referring to what you've already stitched.
It just kept growing and I didn't want to put it down.
Today I finished it. I made one change to the charted design in that the inner border should be stitched in the metallic purple but when I was using this thread it was hurting my fingers pulling it through the canvas so I decided to use the Easter Eggs thread which was used for the tulips.
I don't think it looks too bad myself.
After I'd started stitching this my mum showed me a few pieces I had stitched when I was young and it turns out this was nowhere near my first counted canvas piece. I will try and get some pictures of my past projects and post them here sometime.
So I can see a lot more counted canvas projects in my future. However I think in the future I will just buy the charts and choose floss from my stash to stitch them with. The nice thing is that I could see myself stitching this design again in the future with different threads and coming out with a completely different project.
Hope you've enjoyed my journey with counted canvas. I'd love to hear if you've branched out into any other crafts needle or otherwise.
Keep stitching and smiling