SAL 38: a bit more border

I’ve had a chance to do a fair bit of hand stitching in the last two days.

The blue sampler has reaped the benefit; I got another chunk of the left hand border done and made a start on the next row of letters. This border’s very soothing to stitch, lots of repetition and no counting! The one on the other side is another story, which is absolutely the reason I took the easy option 🙂





Below the letter R, everything gets pretty and twiddly again. More decorative blocks, more floral borders… In the interests of the design, I’m leaving the W out as well. This isn’t a teaching sampler, it’s allowed to be just for pretty, and I think it looks prettier without. I’m really looking forward to the three blocks of dense design along the bottom.

As always, the others in the SAL will have something lovely to show. We’re on different time zones and you may have to wait a while before all the posts are up, so keep checking back!

Avis at
Claire at
Gun at
Carole at
LucyAnn at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at
DebbieRose at
Christina at
Susan at
Kathy at
Margaret at
Cindy at
Helen at – our new member: welcome, Helen!

See you next time, on 18th December.

29 thoughts on “SAL 38: a bit more border

  1. craftycreeky says:

    You’ve got more patience than I have with those borders! Looks beautiful 🙂

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Woo Hoo, this is moving along now! Sorry that your toe has to be the reason…I really love those borders with the alphabet font. It is so fancy, yet the simple color scheme keeps it from going too crazy. 😊

  3. I have heard of dropped Hs, but dropped Ws? 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Very much liked the dropped J, earlier in the piece! I just looked at W and thought it was too wide, I found it ugly. And this way, I can fit extra twiddly stuff on the bottom row, either side of Z.

  4. magpiesue says:

    I know what you mean about W’s – they take up a lot of real estate. And since you’ve already got an M what do you need with a W?! It’s looking great. I’m a bit surprised to learn you’re looking forward to the intense blocks on the bottom. I take it they won’t be fiddly but somehow more fun than that right hand border?

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly so, about the W! The blocks at the bottom are fiddly, but the designs are more open and need less counting than the right hand border, and they aren’t so repetitive.

  5. Debbierose says:

    Excellent. You have been busy

  6. claire93 says:

    that’s a nice chunk of border you’ve done there!

  7. lucyannluna says:

    Looking very pretty

  8. rutigt says:

    I like the border, but I know the feeling of to much crosses to count. That is why my cat parade has slowed down !

  9. Still loving this one 🙂

  10. Wow love this one, love the colour and the design. Though I do not have any samplers in my wips (maybe because I enjoy them and therefore finish them ) I still have lots in my “I want to do soon pile”.
    Thank you for welcoming me to the group and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a nice one, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to reaching the end of the letters and playing with all the decorative blocks at the bottom. Maybe in a couple more sessions!

  11. I visited a few more of your links, and now I know what SAL means. Your piece is gorgeous, Kate. It’s been years since I’ve done needlework like this. You’re inspiring.

  12. Kirsten says:

    This is very pretty!

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