Roll Your Own – Stage 7

Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes for 2023 :-).

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.

I continued with the rest of the border which is formed by lifting the centre of the main design and repeating it all around the edge.

Here is where I’m up to now. The black outline is finished so I can start to add the colours. I’ll be stitching 8 of the 16 flower motifs in the same colours as the one in the centre. Then I think there’ll be two sets of four in different colourways. I’d love to finish it for next time because I’ve already chosen my next project but it’s probably going to take two stages.

The motifs look stretched at the top and squished at the bottom but that’s because the fabric isn’t lying flat. They are properly square in real life. Although there was a lot more stitching done this time it was much easier because I didn’t need to count for positioning.

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
ClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMegan

DeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 22nd January 2023.

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 6

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.

I’ve stitched the inner edge of the border and didn’t make any counting errors. I checked each time I came to a corner and also at the middle of the sides to make sure everything was lining up. Can see how the centre flower/cross pattern is going to fit all the way round? I think it should be a bit quicker to stitch the rest of the black outline because the positioning has been done but I reckon the bit I’ve finished is only about one quarter of the black stitching in the border. I’m enjoying stitching and would like to have the black finished for next time.

Merry Christmas if you celebrate it. I’ll see you all again in 2023!

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
ClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMegan

DeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

Our next updates will be posted on the 1st January 2023.

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 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.


Avis
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.

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.
Avis
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.

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 18

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.

I really had to push myself to achieve my target of one mini chart per update. I’d stitched some in week 1 and then nothing in week 2. Thankfully, I was able to put in many hours in week 3 and it was mainly full crosses. I’m hoping I’ll have 3/4 finished for the next update.

This is the bigger picture.

I’ll be working on a section to the right for the next update which shows the rest of the badger and more bluebells.

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

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

Our next updates will be posted on the 15th May 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 14

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 up to now.

That’s both deer finished except for the fawn’s hooves which are on the next page down. It was an easy section to do because of the lack of three quarter stitches and there was very little back stitching as well. I quite enjoyed stitching that bit. The next bit isn’t full coverage but there’s loads of fractional stitches and not too many colour changes. It’ll be fine.

Anne has decided to bow out of the SAL for the foreseeable future to concentrate on other exciting projects. 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, Claire, Gun, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen

Our next updates will be posted on the 20th February 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.

Cirque des Triangles – Stage 1

Hello everyone,

The last three weeks have flown by. I’ve been very busy Spring cleaning and decorating for a while, so there hasn’t been a lot of spare time to stitch but this one is difficult to put down once I get started. The design is by Ink Circles and it’s called Cirques des Triangles. The chart is very clear and easy to follow. I’m stitching on white 16 count aida fabric with DMC shade 4030 variegated thread. Just look at those lovely colour changes in the thread at the bottom of the first photo. Me and Claire are stitching the same design this time but we are going to get very different results because of our fabric and thread choices. 

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Stage 1

Stage 1b

Please take a look at how everyone else is progressing with their projects. Just click on the names below and you’ll hop over to their blogs. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy

Our next updates will be posted on the  12th March 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 – Summer

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you are enjoying a lovely, relaxing, crafting Sunday. I’m so excited because I’ve just finished the 3rd New England House. This has been such a quick design to stitch by Bothy Threads.

Here’s how it grew, quarter by quarter, and the final photo also includes all the back stitched details.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Summer 3

Summer 4

Summer 5

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the bottom left bird box moved between the 4th and 5th photos. It wasn’t until I did the backstitch that I realised I’d stitched the box in the wrong place so it had to be unpicked and stitched again.

That’s three down and one to go so I hope my sister hasn’t been out shopping for frames yet. It would be nice to have Winter stitched up quickly and then she can display them all together. There’s a lot of white stitching on the Winter design plus some shiny thread and a few beads so it could take longer than this one to finish.

This is actually my second cross stitch finish of the year so far. I can’t show you the first one until 29th January because it’s my SAL project and we only update every three weeks. I put the finishing touches to it yesterday.

There’s plenty of cross stitch Happy Dancing going on here. I wish I could say the same for patchwork. My machine probably thinks I’ve ran away! I can’t remember the last time I switched it on.

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