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.

T’s Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

My oldest daughter’s Christmas Stocking was completed two years ago but I never shared it.  No reason really except that we were busy with all the holiday fun and festivities and then the stocking got put away.

I can't believe I did this!

I can’t believe I made this!

This stocking took a LOT of time and effort.  However, unlike knitting, there was not ripping out of stitches – it all went together pretty smoothly.

Look at all that detail.

Look at all that detail.

The best part?  My daughter simply loves it!

K’s Christmas Stocking

I have been working a little bit here and there on a Christmas stocking for my second oldest daughter and slowly elements are taking shape.

Finished bird before backstitching.

Finished bird before backstitching.

I finally finished this little birdie and all the surrounding stitches.  This is what he looked like before backstitching.

After backstitching.

After backstitching.

This is what he looks like now that the backstitching has been finished.  What a huge difference, don’t you think?

Progress to date.

Progress to date.

As you can see I am making slow but steady progress.  Will I finish before Christmas??  Only time will tell…  I sure hope so!

Christmas Stocking

Another fun stitching art that I enjoy immensely is cross stitch.  I made a very time consuming cross stitch Christmas Stocking for my oldest daughter last year and have been working on another one for the next oldest daughter.  I set it aside for a bit to work on various other projects, but have recently picked it up again to try to finish before Christmas this year.IMG_3200

This is how far I had gotten before I started stitching this afternoon.IMG_3201

I decided to work on this little bird – I like to finish different motif’s and then do the backstitching on them right away.  Since backstitching is NOT my favorite thing to do, I try to get as much done as I go as I can.IMG_3202

This is what the little bird looks like now after about an hour of stitching.  Not too much to go before I can backstitch him.  Isn’t he so cute?!