Oct SAL Update

I’m excited about this update because I worked on the Christmas stocking!

SAL Update 9/18/2022

This is where I was the last time I updated. I have worked on this for about an hour everyday for the last three weeks and this is where I am now:

SAL Update 11/20/2022

The painted canvas makes it very hard to see the progress in a picture. The top portion of the stocking is done.

I think it’s a little clearer in this photo. It took me a little bit to get used to the “tent” (?) (half cross stitch). The dragging of the thread on the back to make sure everything is covered is also new to me.

Left side closeup

Right side closeup.

It’s really fun to see how much progress can be made in just three weeks. Providing I actually work on it!!

Please stop by and see what the other stitchers in this SAL are working on:

AvisClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaret

HeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisy

AJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

October SAL

The Christmas Stocking is completely complete!

I found fabric for the back and made it up into a stocking. The hanger is braided yarn.

It doesn’t show up very well, but the back is quilted. The lining is a very cute Christmas penguin fabric and my daughter LOVES penguins. It feels so good to finally have this done! My daughter will be so excited to see it hanging from the mantle this year.

This stitch-a-long has helped me so much in getting things complete. That’s definitely true for the last two Christmas stockings I have completed.

Please take a look at the other people participating in this SAL. They are such talented stitchers creating beautiful works of art.

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

September SAL Update

I’m excited that I have made a decision on my next big project for the stitch-a-long! I waffled back and forth between several projects. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start something else big or do a few small ones first. Well… I finally decided on this,

Christmas Stocking for Jack!

This is the kit I bought for my youngest child (now 17 years old!). It also marks the last of the stockings for my kids (I still have to do one for my husband).

Canvas

This will be a change for me as this is needlepoint. I have played around with needlepoint here and there. I’ve never tackled anything this big before, but I’m actually excited to do it.

SAL Update 9/18/2022

I dove right in. It appears to be going pretty quickly. This represents about an hour of work.

This SAL that I am a part of is so wonderful. The stitchers involved are so talented and supportive. We post once every three on a project of our choosing. If you have a moment, please take a look at what the rest of our group has been up to:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

August SAL Update

Ta Daaa!!!

SAL Update as of 8/7/2022

The goal was to just finish the cross stitching on the toe. Well, with just a bit more time, the stocking is complete! Now to sew it up. That is the goal for this next three week check up.

Please check out what others in this SAL are stitching:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunny

MeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindy

July SAL Update

I feel like I managed to get a fair amount done this time. This is where I was at our last update:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

And this is where I am now:

SAL update as of 7/17/2022

The goal for this update was to have finished the outlining in this section before I needed to move the hoop. Yes! I did it. I did something different for the backstitching on the ties for Santa’s bag. I wasn’t very happy with the way the outline looked on Santa’s list – it is choppy and looks strange with the long stitches and then the short ones. The outlining for the ties in the pattern call for it to be done the same way. I decided to couch down the outlining threads instead of back stitching them. I really love the way this looks and will probably go back and redo the outlining for the list so it is the same.

There is only the toe left to stitch. My goal for the next three weeks is to get the cross and half cross stitching done in this area, then do the outlining for the following check-in. Meaning that hopefully I will finish with all the stitching on this project at the September check-in. Wish me luck!!

This SAL is very unique in that the members are not stitching on the same project. We pick one thing and work on it and report back each three weeks. In this way, it motivates us to finish – this is working well for me with this project!! Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

SAL Update

It’s that time again! The time I get to share my progress on the Christmas Stocking I have been working on for a long time. This is where I was last time:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I had finished the back stitching and was ready to move the hoop to the next section to start the cross stitching there. This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 6/26/2022.

All of the cross stitching in this section is done. Yay!! The plan now is to do all the back stitching in this section and then move onto the toe portion. I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel!

This SAL (stitch-a-long) is run by Avis and is unique in that the participants choose any project they wish to work on and post on regularly. Please take a look at all the other stitchers participating in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

EDITED to add the kit this is stitched from: Checking His List Stocking designed by Donna Race from Dimensions.

June SAL Update

I managed to get some good work done this month!! This is where I was at the last check in:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

And now:

SAL update as of 6/5/2022

I finished all the backstitching on the upper portion of the stocking. I have now moved my hoop and will start working on the lower part. I always love how the back stitching makes a piece pop.

If you’d like to see what the other talented stitchers in our group are working on, please click the links below:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelen

SAL Update!

I’m so lucky that Avis accepted me back into the SAL (stitch-a-long)! I’m still working on the Christmas stocking for my daughter. This is where I was at the last update:

… well … I can’t find a photo of the stocking from when I started … This is where I am now:

SAL Update as of 5/15/2022.

I’m going to finish the lower right side and then work on all the back stitching for this top portion of the stocking. Then I’ll move it down. I’m loving working with this sit on stand. I’ve been practicing using two hands to do my stitching and I think that is giving me a more even tension. I might be a bit faster as well.

This SAL is hosted by Avis and is different than most SALs in that each participant chooses their own project and works on it, then posts their progress. I had dropped out of the SAL because life got busy and complicated, but now I feel as if I can participate again. There are a whole group of us and each is working on something different. Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers and their work:

AvisClaireGunConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisyAJCathieLindaHelenConnie

Last SAL Update for 2020

i am thrilled to share my big happy dance! If it wasn’t for this SAL and my embroidery guild, I’m not sure this would have been completed this year!

Where I was at the last update:

And as of the day before Christmas:

Finished 12/23/2020
Closeup of the patch. I used a velour ribbon thread to hide the overlap piece.
My son chose the fabric for the back as well as the lining. The back is quilted in a simple hatch line 1.5 inches apart.
Two of the three that are complete now. The third is waiting to be opened until she gets home.

I was really happy to finally finish this project. I have a few more stockings to do but I am going to take a break from those for a little bit and choose something smaller. I haven’t decided what my next project will be but will be ready next time.

Please take a look at all the other talented stitchers taking part in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

SAL Update

It’s been a long time since I have worked on this project and it feels so good to finally take it out again.  Here is where I was the last time I worked on it:

And here is where I am now!

Please take a look at all the other talented people taking part in this SAL:

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,

KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

HeidiJackieSunnyHayleyTonyMeganTimothyCatherine

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 contacting Avis.