SAL 40: alphabet done!

Yes, I’ve finally had enough time to get all the letters finished.

Christmas gave me the time – and an excuse – to leave the sewing machine switched off, and all of my hand stitching projects got some serious attention.

Here’s where I was last time:

alphabet-to-t

And here’s where I am now. Bit of a change, eh?

sampler-alphabet-done

In case you’re wondering, this is just halfway through the piece. There’s the border you see started at the bottom left, then another one, and then a row of three large block motifs about the depth of the top three rows of letters, and finally, a narrow border under the whole lot.

As always, you should go and see what the other members of the Stitch Along are up to – it’s all different and all very beautiful, so head over there and be inspired!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenSteph, Wendy, who is returning after some time off, and this month, two new members:
Linda and Catherine. Welcome, both of you!

If anyone would like to join in the Stitch Along, click through to Avis’ blog, and leave her a message or an email. She’ll explain how it works and what you need to do. It’s such a great way to progress stalled projects or get the impetus to start something new!

See you next time, on 29 January 🙂

SAL 39: more alphabet

It’s Stitch Along time again!

Here’s where I was last time:

blue-sampler-row-3-started

And here’s where I am now:

alphabet-to-tEveryone in the group is working on something beautiful, so it’s worth your while hopping over to take a look. I’m one of the first to post, due to the time zone I live in, so you might want to wait a while till the others get their posts up. This time round, I’ve decided to condense things a bit with the links to the other members. The group is growing, and the list was getting rather long.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaSusanKathyMargaret, Cindy, Helen, and
Steph – our newest member. Welcome, Steph!

Next SAL is on the 8th of January. See you then.

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 🙂

alphabet-2-lines

Before

blue-sampler-row-3-started

After

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 http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
Margaret at https://thecraftycreek.com/
Cindy at http://homeofaflossjunkie.blogspot.com
Helen at http://stitchingranny.wordpress.com – our new member: welcome, Helen!

See you next time, on 18th December.

SAL 37: creeping slowly closer

This poor sampler is getting a raw deal.

So many other projects are stealing all my attention. But I did manage to do a little stitching. Again, progress isn’t impressive, but it is progress…

Where we were before:

alphabet-to-o

And where we are now:

alphabet-2-lines

Next time it’ll hopefully look a bit different; more letters, maybe some more border, something like that.

As always, the other ladies in the SAL have beautiful work to show. Do hop over to their blogs and take a look:

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
Margaret at https://thecraftycreek.com/
Cindy at http://homeofaflossjunkie.blogspot.com– welcome to Cindy, our newest member!

Next SAL update is 27th November. See you then 🙂

SAL 36: Another two

Another post where progress isn’t huge, but it’s still progress, right?

You’ll have noticed I have another rather large 3D project on the go, and being strenuous, it’s leaving me zonked in the evenings, which is when I usually embroider. But there’s no deadline for this piece, so I’m OK with slow and steady.

Where we were before:

alphabet-halfway

And where we are now:

alphabet-to-o

It’ll be time for me to work some more border soon, I think, and then the bottom half of the work, which has a bit more going on.

Do go over and see what the other ladies are working on, it’s always worth a visit:

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
Margaret at https://thecraftycreek.com (our newest member, welcome Margaret)

Next SAL is on 6 November. See you then!

SAL 33: alphabet top row

It’s that time again…. where did all the days go?

I managed to get a fair bit of stitchery done in the evenings, so it’s not a total wipeout. Here’s where I’d got to last time:

Blue borders, first letters

I’m really pleased with the letters, they’re just decorative enough but not so twiddly that you can’t read them. Here’s the progress:

Top row of alphabet

Time to go and check out all the others’ work. Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you may need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up. Not everyone posts every time, but there’ll still be something worth seeing there.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com

See you next time.

SAL 32: More border, and some letters

A slight change of pace, today.

Before:

Blue sample right border

And after:

Blue borders, first letters

Having got another bit of the right border finished, I now had enough ‘frame’ to make a start on the sampler Alphabet. I could have started earlier, but I wanted to ensure that I had the exact dimensions of the space to be filled. As it is, I’ve made an executive decision. Due to the layout I’m using, I shall be omitting the letter I. It’s entirely possible that many of you wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t raised the issue, but at least this way I will avoid the more hawk-eyed among you commenting to the effect that I’d made a mistake! I still anticipate a comment or two down the track, but I’ll be able to reply that it was planned and I’d already announced it :-).

And yes, shock horror, I’m actually using a different shade of blue…

Time to go and check out all the others’ work.  Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you may need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up. Not everyone posts every time, but there’ll still be something worth seeing there.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com – welcome to our new member!