SAL 29: More top border

Lots of stitching has occurred, mainly due to the large amount of time I’ve spent squirming uncomfortably on the sofa, trying to find a position where my back didn’t hurt.

There’s a lot of counting in this pattern, and the general effect doesn’t necessarily reflect how long I’ve spent on it – and that’s not including the unpicking and re-doing bits! Here’s where we were 3 weeks ago. You don’t get a good sense of the pattern repeat at the top yet:

Blue sampler 2

And here’s where we are now – that’s better!:

Blue sampler top border progress

Another flower, another cross and another half flower and this particular border will be done. Then, there’s the simply fiendish border pattern down the right hand side…

As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, even if they’re not posting progress today. 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.

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
Lucy 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

Next SAL is due 12th June. See you then.

SAL 26: The last corner

Yup, it’s finished.

I had a lot of down time during my recent trip to Melbourne, hanging around in airports, sitting on planes. A small cross stitch project is perfect to keep the hands busy; it’s small, if you use a small hoop the necessary tools are tiny and portable, and the whole thing slips into a ziploc bag and into hand luggage. I’ll definitely be taking this kind of handwork along another time.

Anyway, such was the extent of my airport loitering that I’ve got the job done. Here’s where I was three weeks ago:

Sampler start of top left

And here’s the finished piece:

Blue sampler complete

I can see a few places where I miscounted stitches, but I’m not unhappy enough about the slight inconsistencies to unpick and do those bits again. The sampler is about 10 inches square; not really good enough to frame and too small for a cushion unless I give it a wide border. Hmmm, I’ll have a think about that…

As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, even if they’re not posting progress today. 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.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com

Sue is the newest member of our growing group!

For the next piece, I have to go and buy a large piece of 14 count aida and some embroidery floss. I have a plan. Actually, I have two, and the tricky bit will be deciding which one to go with.

Unless the Husband asks me to re-start Anzac…

SAL 19: even more blue

There’s been a lot of that around here recently…

First the big blue Doggies quilt, then the smaller blue and white one I’m making for AHQ  in many of the same fabrics (still in progress, more on that tomorrow), and finally the poor little neglected navy blue and white sampler.

Here’s where I was last time with that:

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And here is the pathetically small progress I’ve made. Quilting is taking priority over all other handwork at this point, and I’m sorry to say it shows.

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As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, who have, I’m sure, been much more industrious than I… Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; you’ll need to drop in a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com