Eons ago (ok, maybe just November or December of last year), I bought a panel from Carina of Polka and Bloom. It had all the months of the year and a lovely floral pattern to embroider over. I had every intention of finishing it before January. Then I figured I’d just get it done sometime in January, then I got distracted by other things and finally I bought a new calendar panel (this time from September House … though if Carina does another one for 2013, I would not say no to having two 2013 calendars) and decided that I really had to just finish the darned thing.
Originally, I wanted to do some fancier work (like the weaving Wild Olive shows at the bottom of this post), but as I was so far behind I decided to just get it done. I only used 3 colours (which pales in comparison to the lovely multicolour motif Carina uses in her fabric designs), but the design is lovely and would marvelous in even just one colour. And, of course, I had to add some pretty pink fabric to the back and as a border to make it a little more posh (I also added a few tabs in the back so that I can hang it).
If you haven’t already seen her embroidery patterns, I highly recommend that you visit the Polka and Bloom shop. Carina’s patterns are gorgeous and suitable for beginners (you can make them as simple or complex as you like). She also has a Christmas Stitches class coming up. I signed up last week and can’t wait for it to start.