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SAL- January 2016

New Year and a new project for the SAL. I am stitching a kit I have had for a while. It’s Flower Fairies- Geranium

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The kit is by DMC. First task was to sort the threads. Now some people love this first stage, I really dislike it. Trying to figure out lightest yellow green from pale yellow and palest green. AAgh! Doing it in the evening is not a good idea. This stage really does need daylight, and in this instance I needed to reference my two boxes of DMC threads to marry up just which thread was which. But everyhting was sorted in the end, so

Let the stitching begin..

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A small beginning. It’s on 16 count Aida, which I find harder to stitch than 14 count, more holes per inch. I have also found I can only stitch this in daylight. Once the curtains are drawn, even with my stalwart light over my left shoulder, I just can’t get the stitches as neat as I like. Progress will be slow till we get longer afternoons. However I have noticed that the days are getting longer, It’s 4.30 now before its getting dark, at Christmas I was closing the curtains at 3.45. Spring is on its way, says she with a dusting of snow in the garden as she types!

Ever the optimist.

Joining with the following amazing group of fellow stitchers.


Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.co

Do stop by their blogs, there are some gorgeous projects going on.


Comments on: "SAL- January 2016" (30)

  1. That is such a pretty design. Great start on it too. I know what you mean about having to sort threads. I love the companies that provide the threads ready sorted onto a card 🙂

  2. I’ve always loved the Flower Fairy pictures. They are tiny stitches though. Quite challenging!

  3. It’s lovely! That whole business with sorting the yarn drives me loopy, and I suspect is the reason behind my love for monochromatic sampler style projects! When I finish the latest, I really must get back to ANZAC for the Husband. Lots of different yarns of nearly the same colour 😦

    • Glad it’s not just me that dislikes the sorting stage. This one was particularly hard. I had made lots of mistakes and really did need my two boxes of DMC threads to get me on the right track.

  4. claire93 said:

    an excellent start ^^

  5. kathrynrubidoux said:

    How sweet! We’ll be sisters in stitching geraniums.

  6. I’m a prolific sorter. Send them my way for light entertainment 🙂 I’m so pleased you have chosen another kit you’ve had for a while. You’ll get to the bottom of the box eventually 😉

  7. Good luck with this new project 🙂 I’ve got two DMC kits that came with sorted threads and two from another manufacturer with two different ‘knots’ which needed sorting and I only had to find out which one is ‘knot 1’ and which one is ‘knot 2’. The fun never ends 😉

  8. Pretty. I agree, fine cross stitch needs daylight.

  9. My goodness, dark at 3.45! I didn’t think anyone got dark earlier than here in Ireland at 4. Days are longer now, dark after 5. I find I can’t sew much in the evening with artificial light, never mind cross stitch. Those stitches are so teenie, you can hardly see the X in the close up shot. Have fun with it!

  10. What a lovely design, I love the flower fairies. x

  11. Very nice. I always wish I would have started needlepoint when I had younger eyes.

  12. What a lovely embroidery!!!! I agree with you, daylight it must be. I really can´t see the stitches otherwise 🙂 I´m also waiting for spring to show up, but I guess I have to wait another three month……..patience, patience!

  13. Great Post thank you for stopping by my blog today. Blessings Always, Mtetar

  14. I just don’t know why they can’t be packaged on a thread sorter with the key codes next to the colours. It would save such a lot of time!
    Looking forward to seeing this grow.

    • I know they go all the trouble of naming the threads, cutting them and telling you how much of each you have got and provide a card to put them on, why not go the full hog?

  15. Very pretty, i do so love the flower fairies too! 🙂 (I would be lost without my daylight lamp, it’s often too hot here by the windows or outside so it is the next best thing :))

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