Keeping Up with the SALs

I’ve got two cross-stitch stitch-a-longs on the go, each releases a new section of the pattern every two weeks, luckily not on the same day! I’m just about managing to keep up with them both, along with everything else! Life will be so quiet by Christmas when these finish together with a quilt-a-long!

The Zoe box SAL is by Faby Reilly, last time I shared it with you I’d just finished the four sides of the box, each side represents a different season, it looks gorgeous!..

Zoe SAL

These sections took 4 weeks each, two weeks for the cross stitches and two weeks for the back-stitch and the decorative stitches and embellishments. This time we’re stitching the inside of the box, as there’s not as much stitching we’ve completed winter and spring in two weeks. I love the robin and the ladybird, I think they’re so sweet!

Zoe SAL

These are actually stitched upside down on the design as they will be folded upwards when we’re constructing the box. I’ve already started the next section which was released on Monday, it has a butterfly and another squirrel on it.

Zoe SAL

The second SAL is by Deborah Dick of Tempting Tangles, it’s called Enlightenment; Words of Wisdom. It’s theme is trees and it’s stitched with just four colours of floss, well I’m using five, not being one to stick slavishly to a pattern!

Last time I showed you I’d just finished the second section, this is much simpler stitching so it grows pretty quickly…

Enlightenment SAL

…which is lucky as I only started this section on Monday and I finished it today, the next section comes out on Friday! The border is in a gorgeous thread by Dinky Dyes, it is a lovely thread to stitch with and I think the colours are beautiful. Deborah gives DMC alternatives to the threads. I felt 3847dark green was a bit too dark, so I stitched the first ‘tree’ in a thread I got from De Vere’s in their Advent calendar, it was just a slightly softer colour. I decided to do the centre one in the 3847 and then return to the De Vere one for the last tree.

Enlightenment SAL

It will be interesting to see how this one pans out – it’s not a designer I’ve used before. The top row (this is three out of sixteen sections) is a bit more repetitive than I anticipated, but having seen other designs by Deborah I’m sure it will be lovely when finished.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to Keeping Up with the SALs

  1. Those sals are gorgeous. Have fun working on them!

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    I love the Lille creatures in the Faby Reilly, and looks in the second one.

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  3. Gail says:

    Your Faby Reilly project is lovely…makes me want to sign up for one of her SAL’s!

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  4. Steph says:

    I especially love the robin and ladybird!

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  5. Jane M says:

    The details on the Zoe box is gorgeous. And the jade colours you have used is lovely.
    Your comment about it will be quiet by Christmas made me laugh as you are bound to have taken on several more projects by then!

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  6. kathysnest32 says:

    Hythe colours you are using are stunning.

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  7. KerryCan says:

    Both are beautiful!

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  8. Absolutely lovely!

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