Stitch Wheel SAL

Yesterday I caught up with my Stitch Wheel SAL. This is the stitch-a-long by Cathy Reavy from Threads, she’s releasing videos of different stitches every Thursday. This week there were three new stitches, this was my wheel before…

This second circle is all different ways of stitching leaves, so the first two were open and closed fly stitch. This time we stitched raised fishbone, raised close herringbone and cretan stitch…

It was interesting stitching these three, cretan stitch on the right, to me seems to be the same as feather stitch, just with uneven arms! I used a variegated perle thread for that one, I’ve only got two skeins of this type of thread, I think it was an impulse buy at Delicate Stitches in London which has a huge range of fancy embroidery threads. I think next time I go I’ll be buying a lot more! The other two were stitched with DMC variegated threads. These are raised because there’s so much thread in them!! The two leaves of fishbone in particular took more thread than all those little purple/green ones!

We’ve three more stitches to go to complete this circle.

I’m enjoying this SAL and learning new stitches along the way. Her videos are nice and clear, her hand only occasionally gets in the way of our view and she shows the left-hand way too. I also like the way we are stitching something, not just a row of stitches, stitching a leaf puts it in context of how we can use it.

I’m planning to hang this in a hoop in my sewing room, I’m pleased with how the colours are working out so far, I’ve just selected a bag of purples, greens and ambers. I just need to work out a way of easily identifying which stitch is which, maybe a map on the back will work.

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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9 Responses to Stitch Wheel SAL

  1. I am so tempted to try this as I have always wanted to do embroidery, and its a beautiful sampler which I am enjoying watching take shape. My common sense is telling me to leave it alone lol, I have more than enough things to do – certainly more than I will even manage to complete in my life time. xx

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    • craftycreeky says:

      …you haven’t seen my box of kits and patterns waiting to be started:-) I like the fact that you are stitching something, not just learning a stitch., I’ve tempted a few in my Embroiderers Guild to do it too, especially left-handers.


  2. This is so lovely – such a creative and beautiful way of doing a sampler. I wish I’d seen more of this kind of thing when I was starting to learn to stitch!

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  3. Sharon says:

    It’s coming along quite lovely 🙂

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    This really looks neat, Margaret. Those leaves really do look amazing!

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  5. suemreed says:

    I am going to stop reading your blogs as you are bad influence on me! I started Faby’s Anthea SAL because I like what I saw in your blog. I was already doing Peppermint Purples SAL and one from Linen and Threads ( check this one out if you haven’t already ). So that was 3 on the going plus all my other projects. This year I have Peppermint Purple and Linen and Threads on the go now you introduce one from Cathy at Threads, who by the way is only a stones throw way from me, that I wasn’t aware of. Yes the next job is to down load it. Such a bad influence!!

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  6. Jane M says:

    I always love your use of variegated threads, fabulous

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