Getting Ready – Stage 9

Good morning everyone,

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.

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This is where I’m up to now.

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Those peach coloured splodges will become faces with a bit of backstitch. I hope to square off this section and get the backstitch done for next time.

We’ve got two new members to welcome into the group this time. Megan is a very talented artist and she’s recently opened her own Etsy shop. Timothy was with us until October last year and he’s now rejoined the group.

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 6th May 2018.

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

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

Heidi, Connie, 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.

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Getting Ready – Stage 8

It’s time to show an update on my SAL project again. The picture is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works. This is where I was up to last time.

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I’ve now got the top left section squared off and the backstitch has really made the flowers in the vase pop.

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Next time I’ll be working to the right. There’s two faces in that square but I’m not sure I’ll get that far. I’ll try!

Hayley and Tony are new additions to the group this time. A warm welcome to both!

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 15th April 2018.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,

KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

HeidiConnieJackieSunnyHayley, 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.

The Sewing Machine – A Book Recommendation

Hello everyone,

It was my birthday recently and my blogging friend Claire thought I’d love to read The Sewing Machine so she ordered a copy and had it sent direct to me.

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I wouldn’t call myself an avid reader by any means and I’d usually much rather spend my spare time sewing than reading. However, Claire was keen for me to read this one so I did. Yes, I used some of my precious crafting time to read!! Can you believe that? I’m not going to write a review as such because I don’t really have the words. I prefer to read a book and simply enjoy it for what it is, rather than give it a post mortem which so often spoiled books for me at school (it actually put me off reading). However, this book got under my skin.

The Sewing Machine is a debut novel by Natalie Fergie. I enjoyed it so much that I’ll be looking out for more by this author in future and that’s a first for me. The front cover gives an idea of what the story is about.

One sewing machine.

Two families.

Three secrets.

Four generations.

Millions of stitches.

If you love sewing machines and/or you love to sew I think you’ll really enjoy this book. There’s a lot more to the story than just a sewing machine. It brought back lots of memories from my childhood including my sewing lessons with a very special primary school teacher, the amazing Miss Fox. Yes, I know, I’ve written about her here before. If I told you what other memories this book brought back to me I’d give the story away so I won’t. All I’ll say is that this book made me do something I should have done years ago. I’ve been meaning to do it and I should’ve done it. I just didn’t. Well, now I have and I’ll tell you all about it in another post some time soon.

The Sewing Machine is available on Amazon at £1.99 for the Kindle version and, in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. There’s a paperback and audio version out too. I’m not getting paid to recommend this book. I just want everyone to have the chance to enjoy it as much as I did. I’m actually planning to read it again and that’s another first for me! Let me know if you’ve read it. I’d love to know what you think.

Anyway Natalie, if you ever read this, thank you so much for writing a great story, stirring up some wonderful memories (and quite sad ones) and making me do that thing I should have done decades ago. Also, thank you to Claire who seems to know what’s good for me 🙂 Nowt new there then!

I’m going to publish this post on my other blog as well. Don’t want anyone to miss out on a great read 🙂

Getting Ready – Stage 6

Here we are again, almost half way through February already. I’ve been doing lots of other crafting recently but I’m pleased to say my SAL project didn’t really suffer at all. The design is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works.

This is where I was up to last time.

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The bottom right corner is now all finished so I’ve reached the half way mark.

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I’ll be scrolling the fabric on the frame for the next section and will probably start at the left hand side. You won’t see all of the bottom half again until the whole thing is finished. I suspect I’ll need to slow down on this project a bit while I concentrate on other things but I’ll still try to get a reasonable amount stitched each time. I doubt it’ll be a full square per update from now on.

We’ve temporarily lost one of our members and gained a new one this time. Catherine is taking a break from the SAL for a while but she hopes to be back in a few months time which is good to know. We also welcome Sunny to the group. She’s hoping to do a lot more crafting so we’ll do our best to cheer her along.

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 4th March 2018.

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

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

Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny

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 5

This is the first SAL update for 2018. The design is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works. This is where I was up to last time.

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I’ve been a busy bee over the last three weeks and made lots of progress. I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to complete another 1/12 of the design including the backstitch. Here’s where I’m up to now. That’s 5/12 completed so far 🙂

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You can probably guess which bit I’m going to try to finish for next time. Yes, it’s onto the bottom right corner now.

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 11th February 2018.

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

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

Heidi, Connie, Jackie

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.

Stage 4

Hello everyone,

It’s been a busy time for me recently but after my poor show in the last update I really put my head down this time. The design is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 3b 

Santa did bring me several crafty goodies for Christmas but I stuck to my task and completed another 1/12.

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There was very little backstitch detailing to do on this square. See if you can spot it. I’ve now completed 1/3 of this project.

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It’s hard to believe we’re now at the end of 2017. Where did this year go?

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

Our next updates will be posted on the 21st January 2018.

Happy New Year!

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

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

Heidi, Connie, Jackie

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 3b

Hello everyone,

Another three weeks have flown by and I’m afraid I’ve got very little progress to show you this time. I was full of good intentions but life got in the way. The design is from an artwork by Ronald West called Getting Ready and it’s a Design Works kit.

This is where I was up to last time. You’ll see that I just needed to finish the backstitch on the right hand section.

Stage 3

This is where I’m up to now. Only the backstitch completed this time but it does make a difference.

Stage 3b So now, 1/4 of the design is all finished. I’m hoping to get more done for our next update on New Years Eve but you never know because Christmas is coming and all that goes with it. If Santa doesn’t bring me any new toys I’ll maybe do a lot more stitching 🙂

Me and Claire are stitching the same kit but we’re doing different areas each time. Everyone else in the group is making something different. Please take a look at how they are progressing with their own chosen SAL project.  I promise you won’t be disappointed. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

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

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

Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Our next updates will be posted on the 31st December 2017. See you on New Year’s Eve!

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 2

Hello everyone,

It’s time to show you an update on my SAL project today. The design is called Getting Ready by Ronald West and it’s a Design Works kit.

This is where I was up to last time. I’d completed 1/12.

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This time I started stitching to the left of the last section.

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I managed to finish another 1/12.

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Here it is with the backstitch completed.

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So that’s as far to the left as this one goes. One sixth complete. Next I need to work to the right and that will be the full width of the design done.

Me and Claire are stitching the same kit but we’re stitching different areas each time. Everyone else in the group is doing something different. Please take a look at how they are progressing with their own chosen SAL project.  I promise you won’t be disappointed. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

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

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

Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Our next updates will be posted on the  19th November 2017. See you then!

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.

New England House – Winter etc.

Hello everyone,

Just a quickie to show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. It’s the fourth New England House by Bothy Threads. Their kits are a dream to stitch. I found working with the three different shades of white quite challenging but it was worth it.

First page done…1Second page…2Third…3Fourth…4… and finally, the backstitching and beads.5

I’m really pleased with how Winter has turned out. The photos don’t do it justice because the snow has a bit of icy sparkle and there’s beads in the door wreath and on the garlands.

I’ve really enjoyed stitching this set. Here are the others in case you missed them earlier.

This one is SpringSpringHe comes SummerSummer 5This is FallFall

They are all being gifted to my sister. She loved the first one so much that I simply had to complete the set. I was supposed to be stitching them, one for each year but I couldn’t help myself.

What next I wonder? Will I return to the ABC Bears or something completely different? Maybe I should get on with the SAL project first or something new from the stash. I love to start new projects. So much choice!

I Spy Something Beginning with S

Hmmm….something beginning with S? Can you find it?

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Sorry about the photo taken in poor electric light. Well, can you see him? You can now 🙂 Here he is sitting right at the top of my Christmas tree. It’s Santa and he flew all the way on his sleigh from Germany to be with us.

IMG_20151229_133019202Santa was made by Annett, my blogging friend. She’s very clever and  kind. Annett’s lovely blog can be found here. She has clearly explained how she made twin Santas with great photos too. As you can see, Santa is feeling very at home here. He watches us watching TV and eating too much LOL. Thank you for the lovely surprise Annett. We’ll put him away in the Christmas decorations box when the holidays are over, ready for all of our future Christmasses 🙂

Santa’s little elves were also busy buying and making me crafty presents too. This bundle of gorgeousness arrived from my friend Claire who lives in France. Claire knows that I love hedgehogs, including the real one who lives in my garden. He doesn’t come out in the winter because he has a long sleep so this cross stitch will be a good substitute for him around here 🙂

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Claire also sent some lovely extra handmade tree decorations. I’ve got lots of Claire’s mini makes on my tree 🙂 There’s a new bookmark which is going to be used in the book below and also one of Claire’s latest triumphs, an elongated purse. She has made lots of coin purses for gifts this year but I don’t use a purse so she made me a deeper version. I’m going to store all of my spare bobbins inside. The fabrics both inside and out are gorgeous. There was also another bookmark for my OH which he won’t give up for the photo because he’s using it! We both say “Thank you!”.

My dear friend Lin sent me this loom. It’s a rather ingenious contraption. I’ll let you see what it makes when I’ve used it 🙂 In the meantime you can play at guessing what it does. Lin was very concerned that her gift was bashed to bits inside the parcel because it had arrived at her address in a sorry state. However, the contents were perfect so she needn’t have worried. I’m looking forward to trying it out very soon. The good thing was that my OH intercepted the post when the parcel arrived. He won’t allow me to even touch parcels addressed to me if he suspects they are gifts. I only want to have a squish so I can think about what MIGHT be inside LOL. Anyway, he squirrelled this one away so I couldn’t get my hands on it. Thank you Lin. I know I’ll have a lot of fun with this 🙂

IMG_20151229_133254955My daughter chose to buy something from my wish list. It was still a surprise because my wish list is always a work in progress. She knows how to keep me quiet 😉 Much appreciated.

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I’m already enjoying making the Loyal Union Sampler from another book that my sister bought me. You can follow my progress here, on my other blog (which is soon to be updated). The Farmer’s Wife sampler will follow LUS. Let me know what you think if you’ve already made this quilt.

Last but not least, my OH gave me another cross stitch chart by Ink Circles. I love this series. It should keep me out of trouble for a while. I have two cross stitch projects on the go at the moment which already breaks my own rule of only ever having one project of each craft discipline in progress at any one time. Cirque des Triangles is in a queue but not necessarily at the back.

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So, that’s my crafty Christmas and a jolly nice one it was too 🙂 Thank you everyone!

What’s your favourite crafty gift this year?