Roll Your Own – Stage 5

It’s time for another SAL update. I’m stitching one of the Roll Your Own designs from Ink Circles. This one is from Mandala Set 1.

This is where I got up to last time.

Here is where I’m up to now.

This is the finished Ink Circles design so I could stop there but I’m not going to because my fabric has room for more and I’m really enjoying stitching this project. I’ve decided to copy the centre of the design and repeated it around the outside to make a wide border. If you can find the middle cross/flower shape up to and including the 8 green squares, that’s the bit I’m going to use. I think I’ll have space for 5 repeats along each side including corners so that’ll be a total of 16 repeats. My current plan is to colour some the same as the centre, some in mainly purples and the rest in blues and teals. I think that’ll work but I can change my mind as I go if it’s not working out. There’s no need to make firm decisions about colours yet because there’s a lot of black outline to stitch before I get to colour in. I’m going to try to get all the black stitched for the next update but there might be too much. I’ll see how it goes.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.


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ClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMegan

DeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 11th December 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

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Roll Your Own – Stage 4

It’s time for another SAL update. I’m stitching one of the Roll Your Own designs from Ink Circles. This one is from Mandala Set 1.

This is where I got up to last time.

This is where I’m up to now.

I would’ve liked to have finished the colouring for this update but it wasn’t to be. I’m still pleased with how much I got done though. I’ve decided I’m definitely going to add a border as it only measures 7″ x 7″. I’ve got plenty of scrap threads left and I chose a large piece of fabric so it seems like a good idea to make it bigger. I intend to finish the rest of the colouring for next time when I’ll be doing a mini Happy Dance. I think I can manage that much in 3 weeks.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. Constanze is taking a break from the SAL for a while. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.
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ClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMegan

DeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 20th November 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Roll Your Own – Stage 3

It’s time for another SAL update. I’m stitching one of the Roll Your Own designs from Ink Circles.

This is where I got up to last time.

I’ve started to add the colours and I really like the effect so far. I’m enjoying stitching this one, so much so that I’m thinking of making it bigger. There’s a small design included in the chart pack and it could probably be adapted to make a wide border. I’ll make a decision about that when I’m closer to finishing all the colouring in. It is Roll Your Own after all :-).

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.
Avis
ClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 30th October 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Roll Your Own – Stage 2

It’s time for another SAL update. I’m stitching one of the Roll Your Own designs from Ink Circles.

This is where I got up to last time.

I was enjoying doing the black stitching so much that I decided to finish all of it. I was almost at the end before I got tired of black so just one last push was needed to get it all done. Here it is.

I’m really pleased with how it’s looking so far and I can’t wait to stitch some of the colours. The garden needs a good tidy up before the autumn sets in and I’m also distracted by knitting again but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of time to stitch some pretty colours in the next 3 weeks.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.
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ClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 9th October 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Roll your Own – Stage 1

Since the last update I picked up the Woodland Sampler from the framer. I think he made a smashing job of it. I chose a wooden frame and double mount in cream and green. The framer gave me several nudges in the right direction as to what colours etc. to choose. I paid extra for art glass which is so much clearer than other picture glass. I’ll be living with this sampler for a long time so it’ll be worth the cost. I’ve just noticed the left hand green border looks odd compared to the rest. It’s fine, I checked. The window is on the left of the picture and the double thickness border has created a shadow. Phew!

I haven’t hung it on the wall yet because I’m going to have a switch around of all my pictures. They’ve been part of the furniture for so long that I don’t even see them any more. It’s time for change.

Now it’s time to introduce my new SAL project. I’ve chosen one of the Roll Your Own designs from Ink Circles. My other half bought the charts for Christmas a few years ago and I’ve been itching to stitch one for ages. My friend Claire introduced me to Ink Circles a long time ago. We’ve stitched some of the designs together for this SAL including Cirque des Cercles. There are links at the right of this page if you’re interested.

This is the charts I have. There are 2 large and one small design in the pack. The Ink Circles charts are always very clear and easy to read so this is going to be an easy project to stitch.

I’ve decided to make the design at the top and I’ll be using fabric and threads from my stash. The design is all full crosses so I’m using white 16 count aida and lots of leftover threads, some of which came from my lovely friend Lin when she decided she wouldn’t be cross stitching any more. Thank you again Lin!

Tracy, the designer, gives advice on how to choose your own colours as well as lists of threads for the versions on the cover photo. If I run out of a certain colour I’ll be able to substitute with something else. I’m stash busting :-). Anyway, I’ve chosen purples (who would’ve guessed?), greens, teals and blues plus black for the borders.

Ready to start. I love the needle holder. I’m still using the needle case you made for me Claire :-).

This is how far I got with the black border. There’s a lot of counting to do but the chart is so good that it’s very easy to stitch.

I think it’s going to be fun when I start to fill in the colours but I’m going to finish all the black first. It’s not a huge design.

If you’ve been in this SAL for a long time you’ll remember MaryMargaret. She took a very long break but is now ready to get back to stitching along with us. Welcome back MaryMargaret.

Please check out what everyone has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.
Avis
ClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 18th September 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Woodland Sampler – Happy Dance!

It’s time for the final update on this SAL project.  I finished stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time. The hedgehog was making an appearance.

I finished the hedgehog including all the backstitched prickles. It was a bit of a nightmare but I kept going because the finish line was in sight.

Here’s the whole picture.

I’m so pleased it’s finished. I must say a huge thank you to everyone in the SAL (and other commenters) because you’ve all been so encouraging. I don’t have WIPs as a rule but there were times when I didn’t feel like stitching this project any more. My sister must be tired of listening to me moaning about it but I can assure her it was a great choice of gift and I really do appreciate it. I love all the wild animals so it’s perfect. Somehow I don’t think she’ll be buying me another Anchor kit.

I must admit it’s been worth the effort. I love the finished picture. It’s with the framer as I write. I’ll be picking it up on Friday so I’ll share a photo in the next update.

What next? Well, it’s a project I’ve been wanting to do for ages and it’ll be so much easier to stitch than the Woodland Sampler. It’s completely different and a bit of a stash buster by choice. I’m looking forward to it.

Cindy has returned to the SAL after a short break. Please check out what everyone has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.


Avis
ClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindy

Our next updates will be posted on the 28th August 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Woodland Sampler – Stage 22

It’s time for another SAL project update.  I’m stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time.

Here’s where I’m up to now.

I stitched the last half of the toadstool and across to the right. Did you guess who would be making an appearance this time? The hedgehog is the final animal in the design. There’s going to be more browns and prickles to do but I should be Happy Dancing on the next update. My mind is moving onto a new project already. Just got to get past the finish line first.

Cindy is taking a break from the SAL but she’ll be back soon. Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

Our next updates will be posted on the 7th August 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Woodland Sampler – Stage 21

It’s time for another SAL project update.  I’m stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time.

I really enjoyed stitching the toadstools and the ladybird in bright red after all the neutral colours.

I’ll be continuing to the right of the toadstools for the next update. The final creature will be making an appearance. Can you remember what is is?

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

Our next updates will be posted on the 17th July 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Woodland Sampler – Stage 20

It’s time for another SAL project update.  I’m stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time.

The badger completed the far right of the third row. I then moved onto the bottom left corner. You might remember the primroses from a few updates ago. Only the tips of the rabbit’s ears were done before this update.

I’ll be continuing to the right of the rabbit. There’s some toadstools and more greenery coming up.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

Our next updates will be posted on the 26th June 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

Woodland Sampler- Stage 19

It’s time for another SAL project update.  I’m stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time.

This is where I’m at now.

That’s 3/4 completed :-). I’m about to begin the final row underneath, starting with a rabbit emerging from its burrow.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. Connie is returning after a long break. Welcome back Connie! We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

Our next updates will be posted on the 5th June 2022.

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

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