SAL 26: The last corner

Yup, it’s finished.

I had a lot of down time during my recent trip to Melbourne, hanging around in airports, sitting on planes. A small cross stitch project is perfect to keep the hands busy; it’s small, if you use a small hoop the necessary tools are tiny and portable, and the whole thing slips into a ziploc bag and into hand luggage. I’ll definitely be taking this kind of handwork along another time.

Anyway, such was the extent of my airport loitering that I’ve got the job done. Here’s where I was three weeks ago:

Sampler start of top left

And here’s the finished piece:

Blue sampler complete

I can see a few places where I miscounted stitches, but I’m not unhappy enough about the slight inconsistencies to unpick and do those bits again. The sampler is about 10 inches square; not really good enough to frame and too small for a cushion unless I give it a wide border. Hmmm, I’ll have a think about that…

As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, even if they’re not posting progress today. 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
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at

Sue is the newest member of our growing group!

For the next piece, I have to go and buy a large piece of 14 count aida and some embroidery floss. I have a plan. Actually, I have two, and the tricky bit will be deciding which one to go with.

Unless the Husband asks me to re-start Anzac…


33 thoughts on “SAL 26: The last corner

  1. The rest of us read not-so-literary books on airplanes..,

  2. Elizabeth says:

    You are much too hard on yourself – looks perfect to me!

  3. norma says:

    A black border might look good?

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s actually a very dark blue, but I take your point. I’ll wait till I decide what I want to do with it. If I need to make it larger, a sort of ‘lace effect’ border would look very nice.

  4. Well done. How do you get round the problem of taking needles and scissors on aeroplanes?

  5. lucyannluna says:

    Looks fantastic, miscounted stitches add to the one of a kind look. I’m always re- think my work because I’ve miss counted. Glad you finished it.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Well done on completing your sampler. Saying you had some miscounts had me scrutinizing it very closely. Eventually I saw the 6 but apart from that couldn’t see a thing, I think it is lovely and I would definitely frame it myself. Look forward to seeing what comes next.

  7. claire93 says:

    looks lovely ^^ I reckon it would make a nice box top

  8. tialys says:

    Good idea from Claire! I don’t know what you mean when you say it’s not good enough to be framed though – and you tell me off for being too self critical.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, she’s right. I’ll have a think about that. As for framing, I tend only to do it with the larger, more elaborate pieces, otherwise I’d have run out of wall space long ago…

  9. Jule says:

    I like Claire’s idea of making it into a box top. 🙂

  10. I think it’s quite perfect! I can no longer cross stitch but love the finished effect. I also prefer things with imperfections built in. 🙂 The little scissors are perfect for the plane and I had no trouble whatsoever with them at security.

    • katechiconi says:

      It was the perfect *little* project; the new ones I’m planning are larger and less portable, but I suppose could still be carried around with a bit of advance planning.

  11. Claire has made some gorgeous box tops herself and she makes them durable. Your sampler is another lovely finish. There are some gorgeous cross stitch lace patterns available if you wanted to stitch a border.

  12. Carole says:

    Congratulations on a lovely finish. I agree that it’d make a great box top too 🙂

  13. rutigt says:

    No one is perfect! I have an embroidery, where there are more cross stitches in one row than in the one below 🙂 So what!! Your embroidery is great. I´d frame it, if I were you! Think it will be so cute 🙂

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