SAL 30: Blue sampler top border finished

I’ve had quite a bit of enforced rest recently, so the stitchery has come on a little. Not a whole lot, my back gets tired and sore easily, but enough to make  progress on the top border.

Here’s where we were before:

Blue sampler top border progress

And here’s the progress:

Blue sampler top border done

I have got the whole of the top pattern finished. Next, I’ll be starting the really fiendish pattern that runs down the right hand side. Once I’ve taken that down to the same level as the left hand border, I’ll start filling in the middle with the letters, and then work down row by row.

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
Wendy at
Lucy at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at
DebbieRose at – welcome to our new member!

30 thoughts on “SAL 30: Blue sampler top border finished

  1. M. L. Kappa says:

    I hope you’re feeling a little more comfortable by now, Kate. Xx

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Good to hear you are on the mend. Excellent progress and I do love a blue design.

  3. claire93 says:

    looking good Kate. This one must be very therapeutic to stitch, once you get used to the pattern repetition.

    • katechiconi says:

      Once you’ve done one repeat, it does get easier, but the first one, you’ve really got to keep your eye on it. The border on the right is a bit hairy, so that should keep me out of mischief for a while 🙂

  4. lucyannluna says:

    Great progress, I’m sure it’s so nice to be home again.

  5. Debbierose says:

    Steady progress, looking lovely, well done Kate

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! It was something easy to take along, and despite the fact that holding up the frame hurt my back a bit at first, I’m really pleased at how much I got done 🙂

  6. ladyredspecs says:

    Beautiful, I admire your patience. Glad you’re doing well

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a great way to pass the time if you’re stuck somewhere, being small, light and totally portable. I can’t bear to be idle, so there’s alway a small handwork project along with me!

  7. Carole says:

    Nice bit of progress and I’m glad you’re managing to get some stitching done. I do think it helps to have something to concentrate on 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Initially it did a good job of distracting me from the discomfort, then I just wanted to press on and get that border finished in time. I’m sort of nervous about starting the next border, and you’ll see why next time!

  8. Kate, nice to hear you are getting better😃. In my younger days I did quite a bit of tapestry work, doing 8 dining room chairs, lots of cushions etc etc. Working with wool I found easier than your fine xstitch work, although I did 1 beautiful sampler for a wedding, and sadly that marriage was over less than 1 year later – I never touched another sampler after this. I am watching and admiring your blue progress.


    • katechiconi says:

      Wow! Impressive tapestry record! I’ve done quite a few cushions in my time, but 8 chairs is going it! I did a wedding sampler when we got married a few years ago, and if you click this link you’ll see it:
      I like samplers, myself, and will always prefer them to a more pictorial piece; I have several more lined up for when this one’s done. Thanks for dropping in and commenting, and welcome to Chiconia!

  9. I love this design and the colour too. You’ve done amazingly well to get any stitching done at all this time!

    • katechiconi says:

      It was something I could do whilst sitting uncomfortably in bed in Brisbane, waiting to be allowed (and to be strong enough) to make the journey home. I’m only using a 6″ hoop, so it make it easy to pack up and carry the kit around.

  10. rutigt says:

    And I thought you wasn´t able to stitch anything at all 🙂 Well done!!!!!

  11. Magpie Sue says:

    You mean to say that the right side border is more complicated than that top border?! I’ll be looking forward to seeing it, and whatever’s going in the middle of it all!

    • katechiconi says:

      Um, yes. It’s sort of ‘fuzzy’. Hard to describe, you’ll see what I mean next time! The middle is formal decorated lettering in two colours of blue. Then there are some more fiddly decorative pieces and then the bottom border.

  12. It’s going to be wonderful!

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