Tiny Treasures – Stage One

I love starting a new project. Getting the first stitches onto an empty piece of cloth is always fun for me. Most of the time I prefer to make something from a kit because I don’t have to think about the fabric or threads I need to use. Sometimes, when I have to choose for myself,  it takes forever to make a decision and this one took FOREVER! Thankfully, I got there in the end but I was left with a lot of tidying up to do because I had my very organised thread stash turned completely upside down. These are my chosen colours which you saw last time.

Thread selectionSeveral years ago, Claire hosted some blackwork SALs and I was quickly hooked. We’ve stitched a few more designs together since then and I’ve enjoyed every one. Claire recently found this one called Tiny Treasures and we’ve agreed to stitch it together for this SAL. It was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. The good thing is that it can be stitched as a rectangle or a square and the designer encourages stitchers to make changes if they wish.

This is where I’m up to so far.

Stage 1The green isn’t showing up very well in the photo but it looks nice in real life. I’ve changed a few bits and pieces here and there and I’m probably going to add some more green to the border but I’ve got plenty of time to think about it. I’ll wait until the rest is finished. That’s me putting off making another decision!

I’ve chosen to stitch the rectangular version which finishes at about 10 x 26 inches. I think it’ll be a good shape to hang vertically on the narrow wall in our hallway. The more I look at the chart, the more I keep thinking of other handmade items the individual designs would look good on. I’m sure they’d be lovely for cards, coasters, bookmarks etc. It really is a very versatile chart.

Anyway, I’ll be working left to right and top to bottom. Watch it grow!

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. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 13th September 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

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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  1. Very lovely project and can only approve on the choice of colours !

  2. Your off to a great start. Love the colors and project!

  3. I’m going to look this up, I love the precision of the designs, organization amidst life’s chaos!!

  4. This is looking great!! I have these patterns and am hoping to do them soonish! I love your color choices – purple is my favorite color.

    • Thank you Connie. Purple is my favourite too 🙂 It would be great if you could stitch it soon but if you’re like me, you’ll have a long queue of projects to do first.

  5. Christina

     /  August 23, 2020

    26 inches!? Wow, that’s going to be a big piece! You’ve made such beautiful progress and I’m loving the pop of purple ❤ What's the biggest project you've ever stitched?

  6. This is so pretty and I love the colour choices. Purple and green go so nicely and I love Threadworx threads. I always struggle with blackwork so I’m slightly in awe of anyone who can stitch it so neatly.

    • It’s just back stitch so if you can cross stitch (and you can do that incredibly neatly) you can definitely do black work. Maybe try again on a small design and see how it goes. It grows really fast 🙂 Oh, just remembered, black work is stitched with one thread. If you used two it wouldn’t look so neat.

      • I’ve got a small kit, a koala I think, so maybe I’ll try again. Mine always looks a bit wonky LOL

        • Just one more thing….I know you’re not a fan of aida but it does help to keep everything straight for blackwork.

          • I could probably cope with aida for a small project, and I’ve certainly got enough of the stuff for hundreds of those, as I keep swapping the aida in kits for something nicer LOL

            • Go on, give it a go. It’s worked with a single thread so you’d only need a tiny bit for a sample. You know you want to 😉

              • I’ve just fished out the kit that I mentioned. It is Blackwork and it is a Koala. Sadly, it’s on linen and has Holbein stitch plus cross stitch over one, as well as the Blackwork, so not as easy as I’d hoped. Also, the piece of linen enclosed is so small, I’d call it a scrap and bin it if it was in my stash LOL
                I’m going to give it a go though, once I’ve found a larger piece of linen. Wish me luck 😉

  7. claire93

     /  August 23, 2020

    well you know I love purple & green too, so I’m really looking forward to seeing your version grow.

  8. I really like that piece. The colors that you chose are beautiful.

  9. The purple really pops! Love that colour combination ~ the colours of the suffragettes, of course. 😊 I really like blackwork, so I will enjoy watching your grow.

  10. I love it! Maybe I´ll download the pattern and go for it after my angels 🙂

  11. This is a really nice design and of course what other colours would you use? I like the idea of a rectangle rather than a square.Look forward to seeing how it grows.

  12. Wonderful embroidery for you,who have so much patience!

    • This is actually really easy to do, much easier than your lovely sampler. I managed to leave a comment on your blog this time but it shows my name as “unknown”. I’ve no idea why.

  13. This is lovely! And I understand completely how you feel about starting a new project. Clean slate.

  14. Oh, your finish of Paddy’s Cove is beautiful! I think you were smart to make the changes you did – and no, I didn’t see the seagulls until they’d been back stitched! I’m entirely with you when it comes to starting a new project and having to make assorted decisions. And yet I seem mortally unable to stitch a kit as it is handed to me, I have to change something about it to make it my own! It’s a terrible condition to live with. 😉

    • Thank you for your lovely comments Sue 🙂 Funny you should say that. Yes, I also have no problem making my own decisions and changes on a kits. Maybe it’s just that we know what we don’t want when we see it.

  15. Beautiful blackwork! Love the dainty look of all of the stitches. Your colors are beautiful. I know what you mean about starting a new project. Getting those first stitches into a blank fabric canvas is so enjoyable. I am really itching to start something on a blank fabric. But I am still working on getting some WIP’s finished. So for now I will have to dream about it 😉 I am looking forward to seeing more of your blackwork.

    • Thank you Ginny. I must admit I’m not good when I have several WIPs of the same type. I can cope with one of each of knitting, crochet, cross stitch etc. but no more. I like to have completely different projects to pick up when I need a break from something. Sometimes it depends on how good the daylight is as to which one I’ll work on. I don’t count all the patchwork quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted as WIPs. Somehow, once the patchwork bit is done I can quite happily put it away for years before doing the quilting part.

  16. oh, WOW Avis! Such a lovely project and you’ve made so much progress. I’m trying to make myself work on the projects in the basement craft “store” first, but I recently saw another chart I really want to work on. So much to stich, eh?

    • That’s the trouble with crafting. There’s so much inspiration out there. I’ve asked for charts for presents before when people have been stuck for ideas. I feel guilty that I haven’t got around to making them all yet. All in good time. I love the idea of a personal basement craft “store” hahaha 🙂

  17. I love blackwork though I haven’t done any for a while. I couldn’t get the link to work but will try again later as it looks so versatile. A great start Avis.

  18. So pretty! I love Blackwork. I always think of this portrait of Queen Elizabeth I: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60861613@N00/3769905889/in/pool-534287@N21/

    • I enjoy sewing blackwork, especially when it’s all in one colour. Click the “Pentecost 2” link under the Blackwork category on the right of the page if you want to see another one I stitched some time ago.


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