Here is my progress of my England map sampler...
... as you can see I am still around the counties... and still five and an island to go!
I like how it looks like, even size wise, but I regret not having made a bigger map, with more space within the counties to stitch their names, as some of them will pose a problem.
According to almost all map samplers I saw in my searches, all the names were stitched only in capital letters, but I think I will have to settle with a capital initial, as it will give me more space. Also, in some counties I can only use the initial of their names.
As you can imagine a lot of counting and re-counting awaits me!
I like the process of creating the design for a piece I want, but I don't find it an easy job. It makes me admire all the wonderful designers we have in our stitching world.
I have also been working on my design for the Needleprint competition, but altogether I have not been having a lot of time for stitching lately, as I have been helping out with paper work in the local council committee for the protection of children, where I was the representative of education at the time of my heart attack and heart operation. I went on working there as a volunteer and there is always a huge amount of paperwork to do in January, because of the yearly report. Being on sick leave, I have more time than the others, but going there 2 or 3 times a week leaves me completely worn out, because I still get easily very tired and therefore it is the stitching that pays. It is also only the second Winter after the operation and my bones still complain, especially when the weather changes.
Today I wrote a lot and therefore it is time I wish you all a nice week, thank all for the wonderful comments you left me, which I enjoyed so, so much.
Take care of yourself, first and foremost. Your map looks lovely!
You have come far, it will be a great map!
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
What is most important is that you take good care of yourself! Your stitching is lovely.
You probably already know this, but alot of old maps number the smaller counties then put a list down the side.
It saves squashing the names up and puts something interesting in the sea!
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