SAL 59: more petals

It’s that time again 🙂

I didn’t think I’d have a lot to show today, having got back from a holiday not long ago, but I’ve done OK!

Here’s the before:

And here’s the after:

It’s beginning to take shape now, don’t you think? I love how the colours mingle, the greens and lilacs. I’m feeling a lot more motivated about this now!

Do go and have a look at what the others in the group are working on. We’re all over the world and in different time zones, so if you don’t see a SAL post yet, pop back later.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnn, JessSue,
CindyHelenStephLinda, Mary Margaret, Heidi,
Connie, Jackie, Sunny

The next SAL is due on 25 March (eek! two in one month!), so I’ll see you then.

50 thoughts on “SAL 59: more petals

  1. I see you are making your way towards the centre 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d like to do it quarter by quarter. That green and purple bit on the left is just over the halfway line and I haven’t yet reached halfway at the top of this quarter. Not far off, though!

  2. lucyannluna says:

    Looks fantastic, working on canvas is so slow.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is, but I encourage myself by working in areas where there’s a lot of the same colour before I go back to the teeny weeny single stitches here and there. Seems to work for me!

      • lucyannluna says:

        I am not a canvas fan, especially after that Northern lights piece for the rsn. When I work on tapestries I do tend to work with one colour in s particular area too.

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    The colours are lovely, great progress.

  4. tialys says:

    So much lovely work going on to admire in this SAL .

  5. claire93 says:

    I think you’ve done more than “okay” ^^

  6. Debbierose says:

    Excellent, everyone is lovely

  7. Excellent progress! I love working on canvas.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m enjoying it a lot but I slightly wish I wasn’t working on such a big piece!

      • I prefer working on a big piece in a frame. I just lean one end on the sofa arm and then have two free hands for stitching, one above the canvas and one below. I find it really quick to stitch that way.

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, I agree, a big frame is better, but it’s not so easy to keep handy beside your chair for a quick stitch (for me, anyway!). Plus, there’s such a LOT of it to do before it’s finished…

  8. kathyreeves says:

    That first quarter is really coming on! The switch to light colors will make it go faster for awhile at least.😉 once Bonnard is finished maybe you’ll spend a bit more time here? I know I am finding it a bit challenging to go between three intensive hand work projects.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a fair number of pots on the boil just now: Bonnard, ST&D to start quilting, the Hatbox quilt, ScrapHappy, and this piece. There are days when I think the best way to decide what to work on is to throw them all into the air and see what comes down first!

  9. rosejasm says:

    It is truly beautiful, people say it is on a canvas? Is that for a wall hanging???

  10. dayphoto says:

    Really beautiful, Kate!

  11. Christina says:

    Great progress! Those greens would motivate me for sure!

  12. gorgeous blowsy colours

  13. Glad you’re feeling motivated! It’s so detailed and so beautiful.

  14. magpiesue says:

    It’s looking good. Glad you were able to put some time in on it in spite of the holiday and all the other hand stitching you have on the go.

    • katechiconi says:

      The other hand stitching is the problem; my arthriticky paws only allow so much time on these projects before they go on strike. But I managed a good run at it this time – helps to keep me interested!

  15. rutigt says:

    Looks great!! The flower is so beautiful!

  16. Catherine says:

    Very nice progress! It’s imt looking at it with the pattern, you realise just how big it is!

  17. Wow — I love how detailed this pattern is! I have a number of Kaffe Fassett’s books but have never managed to pin down a project to tackle!

    • katechiconi says:

      The book I mentioned in another comment has charts for quite a few of the projects he shows. It’d probably pay for itself if you like enough of them to actually stitch them. The charts are not very large, though, so you’ll need to access an enlarging colour copier. I’m struggling a bit because my colour copier is pretty basic. Also, the yarns he’s used are made in England and are pretty pricy. I can’t get them here, so I’ve made my own substitutions based on the colours in the book.

  18. lbick says:

    It’s really starting to take shape.

  19. Carole says:

    There’s definite progress there. Loving the colours you’re using 🙂

  20. Before I restart mine (don’t hold your breath), I am going to ask you about frames. I stopped because I wasn’t happy with the tension.

    • katechiconi says:

      I bought a very large wooden tapestry frame on eBay, I had nothing large enough for this project, and they don’t seem to sell anything above 24″ wide in the shops. The frame is wide enough to sit across the arms of my chair, so I can actually work on it with both hands, one above and one below. It goes a lot faster that way.

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