Sunday, 17 December 2017

Dear Sir,

Our client, Miss Emily Wilbraham, instructs me to inform you that with the arrival on her premises at half-past seven this morning of the entire percussion section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and several of their friends she has no course left open to her but to seek an injunction to prevent your importuning her further.

I am, sir, Yours faithfully,

G. Creep

12 Days of Christmas (Correspondence) - John Julius Norwich

The course of "true love" does not always run smoothly, especially with a beau obsessed with birds!

Here's a modern day version of our Emily:

This version might cheer Emily up a little bit:

One more for those of us on a budget:

So what does all this mean?

Well, this is me:

Happy Dancing for a big finish!

This is Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas, stitched on 28 count evenweave, started on 12th December, 2016 and finished on 15th December, 2017, right at the start of IHSW:

I stitched one Herald Angel for the Christmas Ornie SAL last December and then started on the blocks for each of the 12 Days of Christmas 2016.  Here is how it looked on Epiphany 2017:

The border took me nearly all year, stitching a bit each evening while my son was in the bath.  There is a single row of dark red and a row of metallic on each side.  Very time-consuming and tedious.

Each month I completed a block and showed it as part of the Christmas Ornie SAL and also on here, with the appropriate chapter from John Julius Norwich's book.  I do recommend that you all get a cop of that book as Quentin Blake's illustrations are marvellous.

I have bought a gold frame and will be framing it later this week, ready to be displayed for Christmas.

Finally, the Advent Calendar is going well again this year, lots of beautiful festive stitching and some great ideas for how to spend Boxing Day.  We still have more doors to open, with some being double door days so keep checking back each to see the latest picture and link.


  1. Congrats, it looks really wonderful!AriadnefromGreece!

  2. Congratulations,beautiful finish :)

  3. Congratulations Jo!!! It's beautiful and has been fun watching your progress. I'm going to pull the book out and read it this glad I learned about it from you. It's so charming!!! Mary

  4. OMG I laughed so hard. Your 12 Days is gorgeous I'm sure your glad it's finished though.
    Merry Christmas
    Becca G

  5. Congratulations, it’s beautiful and fantastic and a gold frame is perfect. How perfect that you finished before Christmas!

  6. Congratulations on a beautiful finish. I have loved watching this one grow.

  7. Jo you did a super job on this. I love how it turned out. It was a time consuming stitch but so worth it. RJ

  8. YEA!! I'm so happy you will have that amazing piece for Christmas,it is truly beautiful!!!

  9. Congratulations on a fantastic finish!

  10. Congratulations on your amazing finish, and just in time too!

  11. Woo hoo! Congratulations Jo! How awesome to have this done for Christmas.

  12. Wheee, you finished! Well-deserved happy dance, and it is absolutely beautiful! Have also enjoyed the letters from Emily as the introductions to your posts as you worked on this - so much fun. :)

  13. Gorgeous finish!! Congratulations!!
    Happy Holidays!

  14. Congrats on the outstanding finish Jo. It is gorgeous.


  15. Wohoo!!!! Congrats. Enjoy that happy deserve it.

  16. Yay, yay, yay, it's finished! Do you have a favorite block? I really like the French Hens because they're so cute but that Leaping Lord is really fantastic too. I'm glad it will be displayed for Christmas this year! Yay, congrats :D

  17. Congratulations! It looks wonderful, can't wait to see it framed

  18. Congrats on the big finish ! It is looking wonderful! That was a good plan to complete one block per month.

  19. Congratulations on this wonderful finish. So great (for me) to see what one can finish within a year when staying focused. :))))

  20. What a gorgeous finish! It's nice how the 12 days fit so well with the 12 months of the year. But here I was hoping *so* much that there might still be a happy ending for Emily and Edward!

  21. Fabulous finish, I've loved watching this one grow.


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