SAL 31: the right border begins

You know I said this one was going to be the most complicated border?

I was not wrong. Aaargh! It’s exceptionally fiddly. Despite this, I’ve made quite respectable progress; doing embroidery on the sofa is still more comfortable than sitting at the sewing machine. Sigh…

Last time:

Blue sampler top border done

In my mind, I call that top border ‘Crosses and Bells’.

The new border is called ‘Crowns and Keys’:

Blue sample right border

See what I mean? It’s just a tiny bit fiendish. The design isn’t quite as symmetrical as you expect, there’s a twist in it which led to quite a lot of cursing and unpicking.  But you only do that once…

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
LucyAnn at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at
DebbieRose at
Christina at – welcome to our new member, we’re growing fast!

33 thoughts on “SAL 31: the right border begins

  1. Chas Spain says:

    Oh my word!! I thought the first two rows were fiendishly clever – this is like Tour de France embroidery. Absolutely beautiful Kate.

  2. Christina says:

    Wow! Already the 3rd where you are 🙂 It’s only 9pm, 7/2 for me! Lovely work, I’ll have to check out the previous SAL posts to catch up. Thank you, so happy to part of the group!

    • katechiconi says:

      East coast Australia 🙂 The only people ahead of us are in New Zealand… We’re delighted to have you with us, it keeps things interesting to have a lot of variety.

  3. love the crowns and keys 🙂

  4. claire93 says:

    intricate and very interesting ^^

  5. Wendy says:

    It is a beautiful border even if it’s a pain to stitch

  6. tialys says:

    I’m amazed you can do this while watching T.V.!

  7. rutigt says:

    The new border is sooo beautiful! I really like it! I can see it´s a difficult pattern, but great 🙂

  8. It’s gorgeous! Progressing very well 😃.

  9. Carole says:

    Wow, that does look fiddly but at least it keeps it interesting 🙂

    I usually stitch in front of the TV. I’m binge-watching Orange is the new black at the moment.

    • katechiconi says:

      MasterChef is my TV drug of choice! It’s getting pretty cut-throat now they’re down to 9 contestants… Perfect to keep the stitching moving along nicely!

  10. Debbierose says:

    Kate its zooming along nicely. Well done

  11. Grannymar says:

    Lovely work. I always found counted thread work very relaxing. Am I right, it is your last corner?

  12. susanpblog says:

    I love the blue! It is going to look great when you are finished

  13. Magpie Sue says:

    Wow, that does look fiendish. How long will those side borders be in the end? I hope you can keep your wits about you as you work your way down after some time away from it!

    • katechiconi says:

      The side borders will be 11 ‘crowns’ high, so *only* 8 more to go, sigh… I’m giving myself a little holiday from crowns for the next post; a few letters instead!

  14. Crowns and keys? I see thistles or cornflowers. A sewn Rorschach test? 🙂

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