SAL 20: turning the corner

It’s been a much better couple of weeks for stitchery.

The little blue sampler has seen a bit of evening work, and I’ve managed to work down to the bottom left hand corner. It won’t be long till it’s a quarter done. Here’s where I was last time

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And here’s where I am now.

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As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers. Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you may need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up.

Avis at

Claire at

Gun at

Carole at

Jule at

Wendy at

Lucy at

Cathy at

Jacqui at

Jess at


28 thoughts on “SAL 20: turning the corner

  1. claire93 says:

    well done – you’ve been so busy with other crafting, I’m surprised to had time to do any xstitch at all ^^

  2. Carole says:

    It’s coming on a treat, isn’t it 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Once I’m into it, I can make good progress. It’s just getting past opening up my sewing box, putting the piece into my frame and threading the needle! What I really want to do is make a really large sampler, with multiple alphabets, houses, trees, people, boats, all that. Maybe one day…

  3. Grannymar says:

    I always found cross stitch very comforting.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s very orderly, and I like how the image builds up pixel by pixel, as it were. I love making samplers, but people always want to know what they’re *for*, and ‘just for pretty’ doesn’t seem to satisfy as an answer!

      • Grannymar says:

        I can understand that – they do not realise the time & effort it takes to complete any of the ‘craft’ skills. I normally use fruits of my skills for gifts, only once did I accept a paid project. I was given a photograph to translate to cross stitch… Just like that!! It took ten hours of planning, drawing the design, choosing threads & canvas and completing the stitchery. She was horrified when I presented my bill. her husband was a Wood turner and she could not see how it was a craft using his hands, just as I did. She paid reluctantly.

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s not just the needle arts which are under-valued, I fear. My BIL is a cabinetmaker, a real artist with wood, but he finds it hard to educate people on WHY his meticulous and elegant work costs ‘so much’…

      • Grannymar says:

        Yes, they will spend fortunes in the superstores on shoddy workmanship that will not stand the test of time. 😦

      • tialys says:

        That would satisfy me!!

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, me too. I can’t see why everything has to have a use. Nice if it’s both beautiful and useful, but not absolutely necessary.

  4. rutigt says:

    Good work! Love the little angel!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I love this sampler, she’s definitely reminiscing on something!!!!

  6. Jule says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the remaining parts 🙂

  7. lucyannluna says:

    Considering everything your doing I don’t know how you fit it all in. It’s starting to look fantastic.

    • katechiconi says:

      Cross stitch is for the evenings, when the light’s not good enough for quilt work – I have a very good work light next to my seat on the sofa and can stitch while I watch TV!

      • lucyannluna says:

        I find my daylight bulb a bit too bright in the evening ( then I don’t sleep , too much blue light), I also make lots of mistakes after a day at school. I get on better with crochet in the evening, it helps me to relax a bit after finishing the school work.

      • katechiconi says:

        Getting to sleep is something I never have trouble with any longer, thanks to the pain medication. And I find working such a simple pattern in just one colour makes it easier – especially when I have to unpick after a mistake!

  8. Well done Kate. I wonder how many balls you are juggling. Don’t count. You might get a shock?

  9. What a sweet project. That angel is so cute!

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