Category: Stitching

SAL July 16

It’s already SAL time again! Our group of stitching enthusiasts work at our own pace, on our own pieces. We use our three week check in to help us stay on task, and keep progressing on our individual pieces. We live all over the world, and welcome new folks. If you would like to join, contact Avis, is the communications lead for the group.

I am reproducing a copy of a hardanger piece my grandmother stitched as a teen/ young woman in Norway. The original is over 100 years old, and in wonderful shape. I am planning to enter this piece in the Nordic Needle contest next spring, if they will accept it. (I didn’t design the piece, so they may decline it, but I’m hoping they will accept it in my Grandmother’s name.) I entered a piece for the experience last year, and of course I didn’t make the finals, but I recently learned that I will receive a copy of the winner’s patterns, which is even better!😍

Enough on the back story….

Here is where I was:

Here’s where I am now! Yes, I actually worked on this in the car on the way home from our recent camping trip, though I waited until we got to town and could make sure my hands were CLEAN!

I am closing in on the second round; it is going much faster than I expected, and best of all no major ripping!! Last time so many asked bout the original, I’m including a photo here.


I encourage to visit the rest of our group, and see all the amazing things that people are working on.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,
SusanHelenMargaretCindyStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy

SAL Update – June 25

Welcome to the Stitch Along hosted by Avis and company! We are an eclectic group of stitchers that work on individual projects and use the SAL as a way to keep our momentum, and encourage each other. I love this group! We live all around the world, so check back throughout the day to see what everyone has been working on!

My current project is to recreate my Grandmother’s hardanger piece, created between 1895 and 1905, when she was a teen/young lady living near Mo i Rana, Norway. It measures 25 inches square, and I expect I’ll be working on it for a long time.

Last update, I had barely started, so no photo…(imagine a white cloth)

I have made some progress. I did not bring it during our recent trek to California, because I have learned the hard way, that stitching hardanger in the car is NOT a good idea! It doesn’t look like a lot of stitches, because that first square requires a lot of checking, counting and following of threads across the gap, to make certain the threads will match. I was pretty excited when I came around the final corner, and was on the money!

So, here’s my progress!

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Check out what everyone else has been working on with these links.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,
MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

SAL UPdate-June 4

I am doing a happy dance here, because my second barn cross stitch is complete, and we will soon have a delightful set hanging downstairs in the family room! It would have been framed, but the matching mat had to be ordered and will be ready on Monday.

So here is my completed piece sans frame:

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What is next for my SAL stitching project? Hardanger! I’m going to make a copy of the table covering my Grandma stitched before she was married. It is probably 100 years old, and is in great shape. One little area needs repair, and I will take care of that while working on mine. Here is her work, stitched on 25 or 26 count even weave.

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I didn’t bother with a picture of where I am now, because I have a whopping 20 stitches in, and being white on white, it’s too hard to see in the fading light! Next time!
Please take a few minute to visit the other members of this large group of stitching enthusiasts. We all choose what we wish to work on, so the variety is quite spectacular! If you are interested in joining, contact Avis.


Avis
ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

SAL May 14

While I hadn’t thought I had made much progress, I was happily surprised when I pulled up the photo from our last update three weeks ago!
Here I was then:


And here I am today:

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In this SAL we don’t all work on the same thing, so there is a variety of techniques and styles to enjoy. Do take a minute to enjoy some of the other projects, there’s a whole lot of stitching going on with this group!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,
Susan MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

We all extend our heartfelt best wishes to one of our members, Susan, who will have surgery on Monday. I know that she would appreciate your thoughts and prayers. 

Cleaning out the Drawer…

And what did I find? Several pieces of needlework that were languishing in the drawer because they were in need of a frame or something so they could be displayed or used.  I decided that my afternoon would be devoted to emptying this drawer of at least a few items!

The first two were framed and ready to go, it was their larger partner that had hit a snag; it was an odd size, and I couldn’t see my way clear to have a frame custom built, knowing that I could never match the smaller two.

I pulled out a frame I had picked up at the thrift store, and took some bits of paint, giving it a somewhat gilded appearance. It doesn’t match the others in style, and it will require a mat, so I don’t think an exact match of frame color will be necessary. While it was drying, I used some leftover batting and got the cross stitch ready to mount. Fortunately I had a mat that was close to the right size, allowing me to test the width of the borders. I found the dark rose color from my threads, and once the frame was dry I measured it for the mat. A visit to Hobby Lobby to have my mat cut, and I have a trio of flowers to hang, probably in the living room.


I also found a piece of hardanger that I had DSCN0728completed and never hung, probably because I lacked a frame and a mat. I decided the best alternative was to turn it into a pillow. While perusing my fabric stash, I remembered I had some left over canvas from my messenger bag project, so I used that for the hardanger backing. I found a piece of faux duiponi in the fabric stash, so cut out pieces for the back from that. I had stuffing downstairs, sent by my MIL to make stuffed animals with (never did), so I put it to use as well. The resulting pillow looks great in the chair I reupholstered several Christmases ago.

Finally, I took one of the “knot head” pieces I stitched years ago and constructed a round pillow from it, utilizing fabric once used for covering the sofa pillows during the holidays. It was always too dark, so I traded for a cream and gold fabric last year. Even though it is a holy berry print, it is so dark you really have to look, and being on the back, why not! The stuffing filled that pillow as well, with plenty left over for whatever project I try next! DSCN0729

I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself, making some of my languishing projects into something that can be out and used instead of laying in storage! Even better, the only thing I bought was the mat (with a 40% off coupon). A well spent afternoon. 😃

SAL April 23

Today is our three week SAL update. Do check out what everyone else is doing, because in this SAL, everyone chooses their own project! There’s a lot of inspiration and variety for sure!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

Last time I had just finished a project and so presented you all with this:

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I have made some progress on this blank canvas, but the roof on this barn goes on forever!!! Too bad, because I already bought the matching frame, so forward we go. 😉

Some decent progress made, though it is still pretty sketchy.


SAL April 2

First of all, we have two new members! Welcome Mary Margaret and Tim! As always there is a wide variety of projects happening with this group; I encourage you to check out the  other sites to see what we ware all working on!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy
For my report this round, I have a finish! Last time we checked in, I was here:


And here is the finished piece! I framed it yesterday and gave it to my husband as an early anniversary present. After 28 years we are both a little weathered, but still standing strong!

This is from a series called American Barns found in three issues of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts dated September 1992 through January 1993. This is the western barn, which is perfect for DH, because he was a summer rangelands technician in the Flat Tops Mountains of western Colorado during college.

To represent me, I’ll stitch the Midwestern barn, which reminds me of the barn at my uncle Thor’s in northern Minnesota. He and his brothers built it themselves with their dad in 1906, when they immigrated from Stavanger Norway. We had no big barn on our place, the milk barn was built in the 40’s and had no charm, though I do remember falling asleep with a newborn calf or two back in the day.

Afraid you can’t see much yet!😉