SAL 51: back again

It’s that time again.

I ducked out last time, a bit too much other stuff going on but here I am again. I’ve managed to get a bit of stitching done, but it doesn’t look much as I’ve also had to do a fair bit of unpicking!

Here’s where we were before:

And here’s afterwards:

There’s a lot of backstitching to do in that strip of lace. I’d done a load of it, and then decided two strands looked bodgy and ugly, so out it all had to come. I’ll be doing the backstitching with a single strand, and then it will look a lot more like lace and less peculiar. There’ll also be another strip on the other side, a different design.

Do go and see what all the others are up to. There are lots of us now, all over the place and in different time zones, so if they don’t have their posts up when you check them out the first time, do try again later.

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39 thoughts on “SAL 51: back again

  1. tialys says:

    It looks like ‘much’ to me 😉

  2. lucyannluna says:

    It’s looking great Kate

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    My gosh, so intricate , and not the sort of design where you can get away with a wrong stitch.

  4. craftycreeky says:

    It’s looking great, I feel for you having to undo a load of back-stitch, I think it’s one of the worst ones to unpick!

  5. claire93 says:

    well done Kate! and I agree, backstitch always looks more delicate in just one strand

  6. Debbierose says:

    Dodgy I agree, backstitch in single thread much more delicate. Looking incredible

  7. kathyreeves says:

    Good call, this looks like the p effect weight for the stitching. It is awful to unpick, but the solace of knowing it was the right choice always helps me speed along for a bit after.

  8. Catherine says:

    I’m quite accustomed to pulling things out these days, and I’m always glad when I do! It’s a lovely piece, and will be worth it. I really love the delicate nature of your design.

  9. One strand is best for backstitch. Well done on doing more than plenty 🙂

  10. ccflo3 says:

    Welcome back Kate. The sampler is beautiful.

  11. rutigt says:

    You chose the right thing (one strand). Now it really looks like lace!!!!!

  12. The pretty little border down the side is a fair bit of work. Don’t underestimate yourself.

  13. Carole says:

    I love all the black stitching – it looks so delicate and lacey. I feel your pain with the unpicking. I had to do a bit of that myself this time.

  14. lbick says:

    Looks great! What a pain to have to rip out some of it, but sometimes it is for the best because we like it better.

  15. Christina says:

    It really does look like lace! The designs are beautiful. Taking out stitches is definitely time put into the work 😆

  16. Oh Kate what a bummer you had to rip some of it out. 😦

  17. With all else you do,, that’s a lot of progress.

  18. looks wonderful!!! it really jumps off the white background. Frogging is the worst i have the same problem with back-stitching so i always try one thread first now it gives a cleaner line

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! Up to now, I haven’t needed to do a lot of it, and what I have done has been on a larger scale. I’ll definitely bear the single strand in mind for the future…

  19. Your project is looking really nice. Unpicking is sooo time consuming!

  20. mommermom says:

    Impressive! I popped over to some of your other bloggers and they certainly are ambitious as well.

    • katechiconi says:

      Indeed! I can’t possibly compare my sampler with some of the very complicated and beautiful work they’re turning out, but then I think that embroidery is only one of my hobbies, quilting being the main one, and I stop worrying about it!

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