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,
ConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary Margaret,
Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

See you next time, on 8th October.

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SAL – taking a short break

Hello again, it’s time for the Stitch Along.

Last time… No new progress 😦

I’m sitting this one out as I haven’t been able to make any progress this time round for various reasons too dull to mention. I’ll be back for the next one, I feel sure! I’d hoped to finish the two small sections on either side of the dark tiles at the bottom, but no such luck. Life gobbled up my creative time, and I’m not in the right mental space right now to calmly and carefully cross-stitch those motifs…

Do go over to the other members’ blogs in the Stitch Along and look at the lovely projects they’re working on. Many of them are in later time zones, so it might be a good idea to hold off for a while to give everyone a chance to get their work posted. Here are the links to their blogs – check them out, you won’t be sorry:

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

 

SAL 49: another big bit

The blue sampler is coming along well 🙂

Here’s where we were before:

And now:

A couple more smaller motifs either side of these two, a bottom border, finish the two side borders, and we’re done! I’m beginning to be impatient to finish this one, as I have the next project lined up. Not cross stitch this time, but needlepoint. Just simple tent stitch, but a lovely design by Kaffe Fassett:

As always, the others in the group are working on fabulous projects which you can see by clicking on the links below. We’re in different time zones and post at different times on the same day, but if there’s nothing new there the first time you check, it’ll be well worth your while going back for a second look.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnJessSue,
ConstanzeDebbieroseChristina, Kathy, Margaret,
CindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary Margaret,
Timothy

See you next time, on 5th August.

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 🙂