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.
Avis
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 – 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 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.

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 17

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’ve finished the butterfly in the top left and added lots of greenery and part of a stream. Also, the fawn now has hooves :-). I don’t look at the photo of the whole picture while I’m stitching and had to check when the piece of chart I was working on suggested stitching with scarlet thread at the bottom. I’d forgotten all about this splash of colour. It’s one of my favourite woodland finds that we don’t see here very often. Any ideas?

I’ll be working on a section to the right for next time. There’s more of the stream and the face of a very special and beautiful animal 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

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

Our next updates will be posted on the 24th April 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 16

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’ve been working under the fox this time. I finished the greenery where he is sitting, a clump of primroses, part of a butterfly and more greenery with someone hiding at the bottom. We’ve got quite a few primroses flowering in the garden at the moment so I enjoyed stitching those.

I’ll be working to the right of the primroses next. It’ll be almost full coverage with a stream and more greenery plus the rest of the butterfly. I’m going to try to keep up the same pace for every update. You’ve all been very patient with me for taking forever to get this project done. Thanks for all the encouragement.

Renee has decided to take a break from the SAL for a while. 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

MeganDeborahCarmelaSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

Our next updates will be posted on the 3rd April 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 15

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.

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I moved to the right and worked on the fern or whatever it is. There’s also some bluebells which are much more blue than I think they should be but I used the thread specified on the chart. I would’ve opted for more of a lilac blue but it is what it is.

There were loads of fractional stitches in this section but I just put my head down and was surprised how much easier it was with the right attitude.

The good news is that this sampler is now half finished. Does that mean I’m on the home straight?

As you probably predicted I’m now going to work on the section under the fox. It’s more flora and very apt for this time of year in the northern hemisphere. I’ll let you guess what’s coming next.

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

MeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

Our next updates will be posted on the 13th March 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.

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