SAL 32: More border, and some letters

A slight change of pace, today.


Blue sample right border

And after:

Blue borders, first letters

Having got another bit of the right border finished, I now had enough ‘frame’ to make a start on the sampler Alphabet. I could have started earlier, but I wanted to ensure that I had the exact dimensions of the space to be filled. As it is, I’ve made an executive decision. Due to the layout I’m using, I shall be omitting the letter I. It’s entirely possible that many of you wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t raised the issue, but at least this way I will avoid the more hawk-eyed among you commenting to the effect that I’d made a mistake! I still anticipate a comment or two down the track, but I’ll be able to reply that it was planned and I’d already announced it :-).

And yes, shock horror, I’m actually using a different shade of blue…

Time to go and check out all the others’ work.  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. Not everyone posts every time, but there’ll still be something worth seeing there.

Avis at
Claire at
Gun at
Carole at
Wendy at
LucyAnn at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at
DebbieRose at
Christina at
Susan at
Kathy at – welcome to our new member!

42 thoughts on “SAL 32: More border, and some letters

  1. kathyreeves says:

    You can’t lose with blue ever! I am partial to samplers and blue myself. 😉 looking forward to exploring your blog.

  2. Meggy says:

    I’d really like to learn how to cross-stitch

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s really not at all difficult. If you can count, and visualise a square as a cross stitch, you can do it. And you don’t need much by way of tools: Aida fabric, embroidery thread, a needle and needle threader, and a pair of scissors. Even a hoop, while helpful, is not vital. Buy a small, simple kit and give it a go.

  3. Debbierose says:

    Kate your sampler is really coming along nicely. What will finished size be?

    • katechiconi says:

      It’ll be about 14 inches wide by about 12 inches high, 245 stitches by 220. I’m doing it on 16 count Aida. What you see here is about one third of the total height.

  4. Here is another shock horror: I think I have signed up to do an embroidery class. So much to learn!

  5. susanpblog says:

    Anything blue catches my eye – this is going to be so pretty!

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Lovely to see the letters appearing!

  7. Glad you are starting to feel so much better and you are back ‘into it’.

  8. Monochrome was definitely “the way to go”. It’s beautiful in blue 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree. There’s something very clean and lovely about blue and white. I have something brewing in the back of my mind to showcase Portuguese tiles in blue and white, maybe with a tiny bit of another colour. But that’s a way off. And red and white are gorgeous too!

  9. lucyannluna says:

    Love those fancy letters

  10. Wendy says:

    Lovely! Those letters are so pretty

  11. Carole says:

    Love the style of those letters. They look great with that intricate border 🙂

  12. claire93 says:

    looking good Kate ^^
    and did you know, it was quite commont to leave out either the “i” or the “v” in some old samplers ?

  13. Christina says:

    Those letters are beautiful! Yes, the “I” will not be missed or noticed haha! I’m curious to see what you mean by your layout decision though. I’ll just have to wait and see! Great progress!

    • katechiconi says:

      The lower levels have formal blocks of pattern, and the width of the letters dictate how much space they take up. I didn’t want to squish things, hence the decision. Not too long to wait; the letters go quite fast.

  14. rutigt says:

    Ok, I want mention the I 🙂 I do like the letters you have stitched. They are great!

  15. craftycreeky says:

    The blue shades look beautiful, love the letters too. Can anyone join your stitch-along?

    • katechiconi says:

      If you go to Avis’ site (the first on the list), there’s a contact email address. The SAL was her idea, and if you email her, she’ll explain the few simple rules and circulate all the other members with your details to add for the next time. Hope you join us!

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