SAL 52: Border country

What with all the hand quilting that’s been going on round here, I haven’t quite reached the bottom.

Here’s the Before shot, pre single-strand backstitching on the ‘lace’ strip at bottom right:

And here’s where we are now. The two short ‘lace’ border strips on either side finished, but I didn’t manage the narrow border across the bottom. However, as I’ve now finished my hand quilting marathon, hopefully I’ll do better next time, when I hope to have that extra border done, finishing off the bottom of this tiled section. Then it’s just the last bits of the outer borders to go!

As always, the SAL group is working on a wide and gorgeous variety of stitchery, so I urge you to go take a look at their work. We’re all over the world and in all different time zones, so if their SAL posts aren’t up yet, try again later. Here’s the list, and a big welcome to our newest member, Jackie.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnn, JessSue,
CindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary Margaret,
Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

See you next time, on 8th October.

50 thoughts on “SAL 52: Border country

    • katechiconi says:

      Once I’d got into the backstitching it was OK, it was just getting started! I like the border on the left, and may use it elsewhere but with flowers on both sides and no lace.

  1. one stitch at a time….and look how beautifully it’s all coming together. You make me want to rush off to find where I packed the cross-stitch piece I was working on (about 5 years ago) and start up with it again, but NO I MUST NOT DO THAT…

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, you *could* dig it out and then work on it once every 3 weeks in a panic just before the SAL post is due. Ahem… Not that I’ve ever done that, of course. Really, the group’s completely non-judgemental about progress (or more correctly, lack of it), so as you yourself say “one stitch at a time”. How about it?

      • am leaving on Thursday for a trip upcountry, for five days – two of which will be spent on the train (which is my idea of bliss and peace). It had occurred to me, after reading your post, that I should at least locate the cross-stitch and reassess how I feel about it. Maybe it could be my train project? Well, two hours and many boxes and cupboards and much swearing later, I still HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND WHERE I PUT IT WHEN I MOVED HOUSE. It was exhausting, I tell you, and I had to have a little lie-down. Now I’m up again – and have managed to convince myself that my train time will be ruined if I don’t have that x st project with me….. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed. Search about to continue…

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh no! Cross stitch is indeed perfect for train journeys, much more so than other forms of transport. I shall cross my fingers in the intervals when I am not stitching. Don’t exhaust yourself, you could always take some other small handwork, a lovely new hat, for example…

  2. Ooh, it’s looking like there might be another Happy Dance next time (or maybe in six weeks time). It’s looking fantastic 🙂

  3. Love those lacy borders, they feel quite different from “normal” cross-stitch to me. With all the backstitching, it’s basically a combination of blackwork and cross-stitch, I think?

    • katechiconi says:

      You could be right! I started with the cross stitch part in the very dark blue, but I wanted more laciness with the backstitching, and then a bit more, and it just took over! I’d like to see how an embroidered lace border on a pillowcase would look. Some time, maybe…

  4. susanpblog says:

    This is so beautiful, I love the pattern

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! The bottom section is a bit of a hodge podge of patterns and scraps from here and there. I think it’ll look tidier and more ‘together’ once I have all the surrounding borders complete.

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Gosh, it looks great.

  6. lbick says:

    Looks great. You’ll be finished before you know it.

  7. ccflo3 says:

    This is such a beautiful sampler.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it. It’s taken a long time, but that’s mainly because I haven’t given it a whole lot of love, it’s had to take its turn amongst all the other sewing projects 🙂

  8. Catherine says:

    This is really coming along! I love your lacy border, and seeing all the different elements come together. Can’t wait to see it with some of the bottom border done.

  9. Christina says:

    The lace stitching is beautiful! I feel you’ve made great progress and congrats on finishing your hand quilting. I don’t know if I’ll ever be brave enough to try that!

  10. craftycreeky says:

    It’s beautiful, love the twirling border on the left, I know twirling is the wrong word but my brain has just gone to porridge 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I know what you mean! Perhaps winding or twining is better? I like the central section and flower on that element a lot, so as I’ve said elsewhere, I’ll use that somewhere else some time.

  11. claire93 says:

    well done Kate, these new bits are very pretty ^^

  12. lucyannluna says:

    If is looking fantastic, great progress Kate

  13. Wow its so intricate! It’s beautiful. Well done!

  14. Carole says:

    Oooh, the new bits are gorgeous. I love that little section on the left.

  15. kathyreeves says:

    Oh my, that right hand border….YIKES, but gorgeous!

  16. rutigt says:

    I love the combination of the two threads in the two “lace” borders. Beautiful!!!!

  17. Jule says:

    I like the left border 🙂

  18. You made great progress!!

  19. magpiesue says:

    Ooo, I like the light blue with the indigo! This just gets better and better!

  20. […] posts about cross-stitch have long tempted me to take up the last cross-stitch project I started and pick up where I left […]

  21. […] Avis, Claire, Gun, Claire, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie […]

  22. […] Avis, Claire, Gun, Claire, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie […]

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