Tiny Treasures – Stage 2

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 1

It’s growing 🙂

Stage 2

If you download the chart for this design you’ll notice I’m changing quite a lot and adding my own extras here and there. The purple is popping nicely but I’m still not happy with the greens in the variegated thread which I’ve used inside the boxes. It’s got some quite pale shades and they’re not showing up as much as I would’ve liked. I’m attempting to make the stitching more dense and I’ll probably go back over the first stages later and add even more so don’t be surprised if you notice changes as it grows.

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 4th October 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. So pretty, love the colours, I’m so tempted to stitch this one!

  2. Cathie J

     /  September 13, 2020

    Oh wow, you have really been stitching a lot. I like the purple and the green. I can see what you mean about the lighter stitches, but I still like the way this looks.

  3. This is a beautiful piece; I love how you take traditional blackwork, and color it in to suit yourself!

  4. I love how different yours looks. With Claire’s I see the boxes first, but with yours, that purple really pops and makes the boxes secondary. Both look amazing, but it shows you what a different the colour choices can make.

  5. I have had this on my list of “want to do” for quite awhile. Yours looks amazing and you got quite a lot worked!

  6. claire93

     /  September 13, 2020

    I love seeing how our two projects are so different ^^ And I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love how the purple pops on yours!

  7. Such a lovely piece and you’ve made great progress 🙂

  8. I appreciate what you mean about the variegated green. The purple is standing out beautifully. I’m sure you’ll come up with a solution for strengthening those lighter areas, although it doesn’t look that bad to me.

  9. Christina

     /  September 13, 2020

    I love the purple! I think the green stitching looks good, Avis! I see where you mention it appears lighter in some spots, but I think that pulls the viewer in to take a closer look at the details.

    • Thank you Christina. It’s always risky using variegated threads. I actually had a feeling before I started that it wasn’t quite the right shades. However, I think I can bling it up with a bit more green.

  10. I must try blackwork – this looks so interesting.

  11. Coming along beautifully !

  12. i did a double take, as I have just come from Claire’s SAL! Then I realised how different yours is, just by changing the colours. It is a very elegant piece.

  13. Laura White

     /  September 14, 2020

    Great progress!

  14. Great, Avis! Each square is a precious embroidery! Very beautifull.

  15. I love blackwork and this looks very beautiful and is coming along quickly. The differences between yours and Claire’s version is delightful.

  16. Wow, you’ve made so much progress! I love this pattern; it’s inspiring me to try some blackwork. Of course, it has to get in line behind some other projects… 🙂

    • If you fancy making something really small just to try it, something like a pincushion, a bookmark or a card, you could stitch one or two of the small designs. You’d only need a few scraps of thread and it would work up in no time at all 🙂

  17. So pretty and great progress. Its nice to see some blackwork in our mix of stitching and designs Avis xx

  18. I love how it’s looking!


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