Peppermint Purple SAL

Ever felt you have too many projects on the go? Well that’s me at the moment, it’s a good job I have these three weekly reporting in posts to keep me on track!

Three weeks ago I was working my way round the blackwork sampler with the filling in stitch. This is one of those stitches that look complicated at first, working out the pattern, then you get the hang of it and sail round…then you realise that you still have to concentrate as it’s easy to go wrong!

So there’s been a few unpickings and one mistake which is just going to stay there as hopefully it’s not too obvious.

You can just see on the above photo that I had also started outlining the reflection of Catbells. I was using the floss that I used for the two side bits but I wasn’t sure it was dark enough particularly on some of the busy squares. I decided to wait until I’d stitched a bit more of the filler stitch.

In the end I went one shade darker from the left side, I’ve actually one stitched as far as the top of Catbells, I’m tempted to leave it at that as reflections aren’t always clear all the way along and I think it might be just enough.

So I can now do a mini happy dance as the central blackwork is finished…

Now I just need to design a border. There are some different ones available on the Peppermint Purple website but I have an idea in my head which I’m going to try and plot on some graph paper.

If you fancy having a go at some blackwork then the Peppermint Purple sampler is a great way to try it, the 2022 one started at the beginning of the year, a square (or rectangle) is released each week. It’s free and there’s a very friendly facebook page too, it’s interesting seeing how different colourways look so different. There’s lots of designs on the website too if you don’t fancy committing to a year long project.


This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis from Sewing beside the Sea, we each work on our project of choice, sharing our progress every three weeks, just enough to keep the motivation going, please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching.


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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10 Responses to Peppermint Purple SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    enjoying your mini happy dance ^^

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  2. Cathie J says:

    It is amazing how a little outlining can help you see the reflection. This is beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing what you do for a border.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    Oh well done, I can see the reflection perfectly. That little bit of “help” absolutely did the trick!

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  4. Sharon says:

    I am feeling the too many projects on the go too. Your project is amazing and I love seeing the Catbells and this project all coming together. mini dance along here 🙂

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  5. You’ve handled the reflection perfectly! I’ve got lots of projects going on at the same time but only one of each type. I’m knitting socks from scraps, finishing a scrappy quilt and pushing myself to cross stitch now and again. I don’t set myself deadlines so there’s no pressure. Enjoy your mini dance 🙂

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  6. I’ve done the same – pressure – too many starts not enough finishes. I love this design and knowing it means so much to you personally adds to the delight.

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  7. Lindashee says:

    Too many projects on the go? Did someone call me?

    I’m absolutely loving this blackwork

    Liked by 1 person

  8. rutigt says:

    This is gorgeous! I love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I thought this was finished and you would be dancing now. However I am interested to see what more you are about to do. x

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