Getting Ready – Stage 16

Hello everyone,

Another three weeks has flown by! My SAL project called Getting Ready is from a kit by Design Works. The picture is part of an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

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Here’s where I’m up to now. The middle section is all finished and there wasn’t a lot of backstitch to do.

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I’m hoping to have this project completely finished in time for the next update. The top left corner will be the rest of the blackboard and some backstitched writing so there won’t be many colour changes. No problem!

I’ve already chosen my next project so that’s the best kind of motivator for me.  As you know, I made a working copy of the chart for Getting Ready and then chopped it into 12 equal sections. I found it easy to work that way, concentrating on stitching one square section at a time. It’s been motivating me to finish each part. I’ll definitely be using that method again next time.

Please hop around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 30th September 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

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Getting Ready – Stage 15

Hello everyone,

Time for another update on my SAL project called Getting Ready. It’s from a kit by Design Works and the picture is part of an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

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The lady now has a head! No backstitch detail yet. I’ll complete that once the top of this square section has been done.

Stage 15We’re welcoming Connie back to the SAL this time. Please pop over to say hello and hop around the rest of the lovely blogs by clicking the names below. There’s a lot of really lovely stitching going on. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 9th September 2018. Where is this year going?

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Getting Ready – Stage 14

Hello everyone,

Here is the update post for my SAL project called Getting Ready. It’s from a kit by Design Works and the picture is part of an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 13

I’ve now got the top right corner squared off.

Stage 14

Here it is with the backstitch added.

Stage 14 aEach of the square sections I stitch are 54 x 54 crosses and I’m trying to average getting about half of one of those squares done every three weeks. That’s 1458 crosses plus backstitch. As each cross is made up of two stitches that’s 2916 stitches or 5832 passes of the needle through the fabric. I appreciate this is nothing like the density of a Heaven and Earth Designs cross stitch on 18 count fabric but I just thought it was quite staggering what my crafty little hands get up to while I’m daydreaming.

We’re welcoming Deborah into the SAL this time. Please pop over to say hello and hop around the rest of the lovely blogs by clicking the names below. There’s a lot of really lovely stitching going on. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 19th August 2018 when Connie will be joining us again.

 

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy, Catherine, Deborah

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Getting Ready – Stage 13

Hello everyone,

Here is the update post for my SAL project called Getting Ready. It’s from a kit by Design Works and the picture is part of an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 12 I’ve now started along the top which means the waiters have lost their legs!Stage 13I’m nowhere near the finish line yet but I can feel I’m steadily working towards it. There’s no hurry to finish as I’m still really enjoying this one. I thinks it’s the first all over stitched project that I’ve ever done.

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time. We’re welcoming Catherine back to the group this time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 29th July 2018.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,

KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

Heidi, JackieSunnyHayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy, Catherine

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Getting Ready – Stage 12

Hello everyone,

Here we are again. Another three weeks have flown by and I’m still working on other things but maintaining good progress on Getting Ready at the same time. This one is from a kit by Design Works. The picture is part of an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 11 I’ve now squared off at the top right and done the backstitch detail as well.Stage 12 It feels good to have tidied that bit up. Now there’s another chunk to stitch across the top and that’s it. I seem to have inadvertently fooled a few of you last time. Several readers commented that there might be a happy dance this time. Sorry to disappoint. There’s still a way to go yet.

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 8th July 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

 

Getting Ready – Stage 11

Hello everyone,

Today is SAL project update day. I’m still stitching a kit by Design Works based on part of a painting by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

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I’ve now started the final square at the right of this row. No more backstitch yet. That’ll be done for next time. Not too many colour changes to manage on this bit.

Stage 11I’ve been busy on several projects other than the SAL one lately. Once I pick those knitting needles up…

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 17th June 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Getting Ready – Stage 10

Good morning everyone,

It’s time for another update on the SAL project today. It’s from a kit by Design Works based on part of a painting by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 9

I’ve now squared off the centre bit to reveal part of a lady being held aloft!

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I promised last time that the peach coloured splodges would become faces with a bit of backstitch. That’s better!

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No prizes for guessing where I’ll be stitching next.

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 27th May 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Celtic style cushion kit and a gadget

Last summer I went browsing on the net after receiving a promotional email (as you do) and I ended up spending money (as I do). In the past, www.sewandso.co.uk used to have really good regular sales. I bought this cushion kit in what is probably going to be their last really good sale, judging by their recent ones, which have had hardly any price reductions. Sew and So appears to have been taken over by another company because Paypal payments go to an entirely different place now. Anyway, I’ll still keep looking now and again but I don’t expect to find any more bargains. This however, was a fantastic bargain!

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I paid less than £10 for this cushion kit. It finished at 16” x 16”. I didn’t post about it at the time because it was all finished before I could put it down and then I forgot about it. It was like stitching with rope. With only 5 holes per inch, it made up incredibly quickly. I think it only took a few nights to complete.

As you can see, there’s loads of lovely pre-cut wool and this kit has the canvas printed so it was really easy to do with no charts to follow. I’d definitely buy another Pako kit, even at full price. Look how clear the canvas is. In case you don’t already know, you simply stitch the colour that is printed on the crossover part of the grid. It’s easy! I’ve done the bit in the centre on this photo but then I got so into the rhythm that I didn’t take any more pictures until it was all done.

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Here it is all finished but, like I said earlier, I forgot all about it so it isn’t made up into a cushion yet. I’ll let you see it when it’s done.

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Thinking about the Pako brand (no affiliates whatsoever here), I do still love the needle organiser my daughter gave me a couple of years ago so it deserves a plug. It saves time changing threads when doing embroidery or cross stitch. You need to thread up several needles, each with one of the colours that you’re using and store them next to the relevant symbol in the holder. I’ve found cross stitching so much quicker to do since I got mine. The needles don’t fall out because they’re pushed into a foam insert made from the kind that florists use for flower arrangements. You just need to copy the symbols from your chart onto the card that slots in behind the holes and away you go.

Pako Pako Needle Organizer-10-inch x 2.25-inch x 2.5-inchI think this is probably the most time saving gadget I use at the moment for crafting. What’s your favourite time saving crafty gadget?

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ All done!

Today is the finale for my No words, just letters posts, except this one has more than just a credit to the designer. First of all, here is the letter Z.
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Here is the finished sampler. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

IMG_20170701_120416It’s made from a kit by Design Works called ABC Bears. I’ve had so much fun stitching this design because, as you’ve seen in previous posts, completing each letter meant I could celebrate lots of mini finishes. The quality of the kit is superb with a clear chart and there’s plenty of threads leftover to make more nice things.

No words, just letters. Y is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.

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