SAL 54: Dahlia #1

It’s SAL time again, and this time, I’m ready 🙂

I missed last time because we’d been travelling and I had nothing at all to show. But now I’ve got the new project up and running.  It’s a Kaffe Fassett design, from his recent Bold Blooms book, which I posted about earlier. I had to buy myself a new tapestry frame because nothing I had was large enough and none of the local shops stocked one which would accommodate a 22 inch canvas. Nor could I buy the yarns he specified, which are a bit specialised and mostly only available in the UK. So I’ve had to make substitutions based on the image in the book. The colour variations in the DMC tapestry wool I’m using are not as subtle and delicate, but I think it’ll be acceptable. Not exactly like his, but enough to make a very nice cushion cover!

So, without further ado, here’s where I’ve got to. Not a huge amount done, but the chart is rather tiny and keeping track is quite difficult. Hopefully I’ll have made some slightly more impressive progress next time.  I’m already thinking about doing this same design in a different colourway. I’m thinking an orange/red/hot pink dahlia on a navy background… I like this new frame a lot because it stretches between the two arms of my chair and takes the strain off my own arms a bit.

Do go and see what the other talented people in the SAL group are working on. We’re an international group so not everyone will be posting at the same time, but if they haven’t got their post up yet when you visit, do make the time to go back.

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

See you next time, on 10th December!


52 thoughts on “SAL 54: Dahlia #1

  1. elaine says:

    Love it! It’s going to be beautiful~
    (that’s a lot of stitches, too)

  2. Lovely. On Tuesday I am going to see a Kaffe Fassett exhibition here in the UK, really looking forward to it.

  3. It’s going to be an absolute beaut. Now stop reminding me about other types of handwork, please – it’s enough that you inspired me to resurrect my cross-stitch a couple of months back 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      You are allowed to say “No, not interested in that, I’ll stick to (fill in preferred activity)”. And that cross stitch was so lovely it was a crime to leave it languishing in a drawer somewhere.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I think this is going to be stunning, and I call that good progress.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s definitely going to be striking. While I had it out to photograph, I snuck in a bit more stitching. The wool is thick and the canvas mesh is large, so I can make what looks like huge progress in not very much time at all! 🙂

  5. A very pretty design and I can imagine it in lots of different colourways.

  6. Catherine says:

    This going to be a really beautiful piece when finished. Which frame did you get? Not that I’m in need of any more but I’m curious!

    • katechiconi says:

      I bought it on eBay, and it arrived in a mailing tube, with just a clear plastic bag around it, so I have no brand name. But it’s the traditional wooden frame, with wingnuts at the corners. But it’s 24 inches wide, which will hopefully be large enough for anything I’m thinking of taking on!

  7. lucyannluna says:

    That looks like it’s going to be pretty, with lots of shading

  8. claire93 says:

    can’t go wrong with a Kaffe Fassett flower ^^

  9. I love Kaffe Fassett’s bold designs. This will make a gorgeous cushion. I always use a large frame across my chair. I think it helps me stitch more quickly. It might be worth enlarging the chart to save your eyes a bit.

    • katechiconi says:

      This is as large as I can go on my printer, so if I want it any bigger I’ll have to go to a copy shop. I’ll persist a bit longer, and maybe use my magnifying lamp a bit more!

  10. Jule says:

    It’s looking great. 🙂 I’m thinking of transferring one of his other tapestry patterns into a cross stitch project to use up my DMC floss.

  11. kathyreeves says:

    That will be beautiful, and very eye catching, perfect for a cushion! Am I correct in assuming that canvas work like what you are doing and needlepoint (that my grandma did) are probably one and the same? Hers was all in a half cross stitch and very intricate.

  12. ccflo3 says:

    This is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more .

  13. dayphoto says:

    WOW! You take on the most amazing projects! Love it!

  14. rutigt says:

    That´s a very beautiful Dahlia!

  15. jessicacrafts says:

    Oooh. I’m looking forward to seeing this one grow. Looks like it’ll be very pretty.

  16. magpiesue says:

    Another winner in the works! Too bad you couldn’t access just the right colors, but I have no doubt you’re going to end up with a beautiful cushion in spite of that hiccup. Hurray for large (wide) frames!

  17. craftycreeky says:

    It’s going to be stunning, looking forward to seeing this one grow 🙂

  18. Carole says:

    This is going to be stunning. Great start 🙂

  19. anne54 says:

    Love your dahlia! I have just been feasting on Kaffe’s website, videos and other links. He is just wonderful, and so prolific.

  20. It will be stunning. Great progress!

  21. Christina says:

    Great progress already! And a beautiful design too.

  22. Lynda says:

    Well, this is going to take awhile . . . But it is going to be so worth it! Beautiful design, Kate. Is this project what is called counted cross stitch?

    • katechiconi says:

      No, the sampler I was working on before was counted cross stitch. This is needlepoint, or tapestry, depending on where you come from, and the stitch is a single diagonal, like half a cross stitch, and it’s worked in wool on a canvas, rather than in cotton thread on cloth. I think it will probably go quite fast, because the stitches are much larger than what I was working on before.

  23. This is an amazing design. I really love the colors of Kaffe Fassett projects. Your project already looks very nice and the color substitutions are great.

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