Peppermint Purple SAL

It’s three weeks since I last shared my progress on my Peppermint Purple blackwork. This is the free SAL that Claire from Peppermint Purple has kindly published for at least the last two years. She gives layout options and colour suggestions then releases a pattern each week. They’re only little so it doesn’t take long. This years SAL has just started, if you fancy trying blackwork it’s a good way to test the water and see how the different patterns work.

Last time I’d just done some frogging as my reflection of Catbells in the lake was rapidly disappearing…

As all the patterns have now been released I decided to stitch the reflection first and then go back to complete the rest of the squares. I’ve not spent a lot of time on it as I’ve been concentrating on my gingerbread house, like I didn’t pick it up til yesterday afternoon! However it is starting to take shape…

I’ve not found it easy choosing the colours for the water, colours often look quite dark but with just one thread they lighten considerably. I decided to use pretty light grey’s for the squares on the skyline, even so they’re not as light as they look once stitched. At the moment I’m thinking I’ll outline the top of Catbells maybe in a darker grey and then outline the reflection in more of a mid grey, just to make it show up a bit more. This is the piece so far…

In my last post I forgot that many of you won’t have heard of Catbells! Catbells is one of my favourite hills in the English Lake District, I first climbed under my own steam when I was four years old and I’ve climbed it many times since. It’s a hill that thinks it’s a mountain! It’s not an easy walk, especially now with all the erosion and rocks polished smooth by thousands of visitors but the views from the top are amazing, over to Skiddaw and Blencathra, Bassenthwaite Lake, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley and of course Derwentwater. In my younger days I walked to the top to watch the sunrise, it was stunning with mist forming over the lake, the sun rose over Blencathra and everything was bathed in a golden light.

I’ve often stitched Catbells as it has a nice recognisable outline and it means a lot to me…

This SAL group is organised by Avis from Stitching by the Sea, please follow the links to see what everyone else has been stitching over the festive season…


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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25 Responses to Peppermint Purple SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    not an easy challenge you’ve set yourself there ^^

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    This looks so hard, but I think you have the right combo of colors now, I am seeing the reflection much better.

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  3. Jane M says:

    I think you have given yourself a difficult challenge but it really looks great. The pics bring back great memories

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    • craftycreeky says:

      I never make life easy for myself :-/ We’ll have to go up again sometime, though we’ll have to go up from the Grange end as I terrified myself when I went up with Helen in September!


  4. Renee says:

    Wow! You have filled in several squares in the past 3 weeks! The Catbells are lovely and you have captured them in so many fabulous ways. Beautiful work on all of these!

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  5. Sharon says:

    The colors are so soft and muted and perfect! I actually looked up Catbells last time as I was not aware fo what they were. I just love your project and you made great progress 🙂

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  6. I love Catbells too and every one of your versions is beautiful. You’re so talented!!

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  7. anne54 says:

    I thought I recognised those embroideries ~ they are your beautiful contribution to the Travelling Sketchbook! (That was such a wonderful thing to be involved with, and I occasionally wonder what to do with the finished book….) Your current project is looking so good, but it must be giving your brain a good workout!

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  8. rutigt says:

    If you didn´t mention Catbells and showed us the photos, I might not have seen the beauty in your project! It´s stunning!!!

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  9. Lovely Catbells photos and pieces inspired by it!

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  10. You certainly have a wonderful love affair with Catbells. It’s nice to put the beauty of nature into so many different art forms. I love your work.

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  11. Christina says:

    What a gorgeous view, both your stitching and the Catbells!

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  12. Now I know what I was looking for I can see it taking shape quite clearly Margaret. Thanks for the explanation last time when I said I was going to look them up. xx

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  13. wybrow1966 says:

    Happy New Year. Looks like you have been busy and achieved a lot. Love the views too!

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  14. I am really enjoying this SAL. Thanks again for the recommendation

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