SAL Update – Nothing to see here

June 26, 2022 at 8:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I seem to have fallen into a summer hole and haven’t added a single stitch to either of my two projects in the last three weeks. I’ve been busy enough elsewhere, though. Lots of things to take care of all around. Hopefully I’ll get back on track soon! Do have a look at what everybody else has been doing, though!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #29

June 5, 2022 at 7:17 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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It’s owl time again, and I’ve managed at least to put a few stitches in on his beautiful collar. Here’s where we were last time:

In-progress pic of a counted cross-stitch project with an owl on black background. The hair is blue feathers hanging down to the left and right, going partly over the eyes. The eyes and beak are finished, now the feathers below that are starting to develop - pinks below the eyes, greenish-brown below the beak.

And this is the current state of affairs:

In-progress pic of a counted cross-stitch picture, showing a colourful owl in blues and greens sitting on a branch on a black background. The head and neck are done, the body is still missing.

Progress on this is slow but steady, and I did find a few more podcasts to listen to while working on it.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Bee #11

May 15, 2022 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 7 Comments
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I needed to find some TV to watch to make some actual progress on the bee, but in the last few days I’ve added a few stitches. Last time:

Image of a counted cross-stitch project in progress. At the bottom, the head and front leg of a bee is visible, followed by the upper outline of a wing going 45 degrees upward towards the right. Above that, there's background in the form of honeycomb cells in yellows and oranges. At the top, a little blue flower finishes the area. There's unworked background in the upper right.

There will be a lot of unstructured colour in the upper right corner, but all in the gorgeous yellows, oranges and reds that make this piece so appealing to me. Here’s today’s picture:

In-progress picture of a counted cross-stitch picture of a bee. Shown is the right side of head and feelers, with the front edge of the right wing going diagonally upwards. Above that, a piece of honeycomb leading into partly-stitched unstructured background.

Lots more colour ahead in the corner, and I’m looking forward to finish it and then work my way down.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #28

April 24, 2022 at 7:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 8 Comments
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Just a tiny bit of an update on the owls today, but any progress is progress, right?

Previously:

In-progress pic of a counted cross-stitch project with an owl on black background. The hair is blue feathers hanging down to the left and right, going partly over the eyes. The eyes and beak are finished, now the feathers below that are starting to develop - pinks below the eyes, greenish-brown below the beak.

Today:

In-progress pic of a counted cross-stitch project with an owl on black background. The hair is blue feathers hanging down to the left and right, going partly over the eyes. The eyes and beak are finished, now the feathers below that are starting to develop - pinks below the eyes, greenish-brown below the beak.

Trying to find some additional podcasts in order to get regular stitching time on this one.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Bee #10

April 3, 2022 at 8:22 am | Posted in Embroidery | 9 Comments
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After March being very warm and sunny last weekend, April is starting with a layer of snow on everything and more coming down. What better time than to do a bit of stitching and look at the nice, sunny colours of my Bee again? Here’s last time:

In progress-picture of a counted cross-stitch project, showing an area of honeycomb in oranges and yellows. On the top, a small five-petalled blue flower, on the bottom the head of a bee with a feeler and a front leg extending over the honeycomb.

The honeycomb is pretty much finished, and I made a start on the unstructured background in the upper right corner:

Image of a counted cross-stitch project in progress. At the bottom, the head and front leg of a bee is visible, followed by the upper outline of a wing going 45 degrees upward towards the right. Above that, there's background in the form of honeycomb cells in yellows and oranges. At the top, a little blue flower finishes the area. There's unworked background in the upper right.

Also, my nifty app is telling me that I’ve done pretty much exactly 25% of the whole project. Yay!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #27

March 13, 2022 at 8:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 8 Comments
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It’s time for the owls again! I ran out of podcast, and have a lot of other things going on, so not as much progress today, but there’s been some. Last time:

In-progress pic of a counted cross-stitch project with an owl on black background. The hair is blue feathers hanging down to the left and right, going partly over the eyes. The yellowish beak in the middle is just being worked.

Today:

The beak is pretty much finished, and the area below the head is starting to fill in. Let’s see what will happen till next time!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Bee #9

February 20, 2022 at 8:34 am | Posted in Embroidery | 9 Comments
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Today it’s the bee’s turn, and I made lots of progress, thanks to winter sports on TV! Here’s last time:

In progress shot of a counted cross-stitch-pattern. Shown is a background stitched in mottled yellows and oranges, with honeycomb hexagons emerging on the right side and little blue flowers interspersed.

I’ve added lots more honeycomb this time, and the bee has acquired a second feeler and leg. The diagonal line is the top of a wing, and the bits of black on the far right are the beginnings of a couple of blue flowers. I’m planning to finish the background in this area before doing the blue flowers, and then continue on to the wing, proabably working a bit of the bee’s body before it so the wing can be anchored where it belongs.

In progress-picture of a counted cross-stitch project, showing an area of honeycomb in oranges and yellows. On the top, a small five-petalled blue flower, on the bottom the head of a bee with a feeler and a front leg extending over the honeycomb.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #26

January 30, 2022 at 8:33 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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Big update today! Here’s last time:

In progress-picture of a counted cross-stitch-project of an owl on a black background. The left half of the blue-violet hair is almost completely filled in.

And this time, Emo-owl pretty much has a face! I’ve been listening to a podcast in the evenings with episodes between 45 minutes and an hour, and have been using this for stitching time. You can get rather a lot of stitching done in an hour a day, it turns out:

In-progress pic of a counted cross-stitch project with an owl on black background. The hair is blue feathers hanging down to the left and right, going partly over the eyes. The yellowish beak in the middle is just being worked.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Bee #8

January 9, 2022 at 9:18 am | Posted in Embroidery | 10 Comments
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I’ve been able to do some work on the Bee during the holiday season! So, here’s last time:

In-progress image of a counted cross-stitch project. Pink and blue flowers on top of a yellow-orange background. On the right, a honeycomb cell takes shape, which is partly overlaid by the outline of another small flower.

And here’s where I am today, at just over 20% of the whole pattern done:

In progress shot of a counted cross-stitch-pattern. Shown is a background stitched in mottled yellows and oranges, with honeycomb hexagons emerging on the right side and little blue flowers interspersed.

There’s considerably more honeycomb to see now! I’m planning to stitch the background all the way to the right edge of the design before making my way down and stitching the actual bee. I had a bit of trouble with this fabric not staying tensioned in the frame (never had that with Green Iguana, so I’m blaming the fabric), so I asked a friend for some felt scraps and put it on the fabric where the frame goes – instant fix, I’m much happier now with how things are going!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #25

December 19, 2021 at 1:21 am | Posted in Embroidery | 10 Comments
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Today it’s time for an update on the owls. Last time:

In-progress picture of a counted cross-stitch project showing blue/violet head feathers on the left half of an owl's head.

Now, the left side of Mr. Emo-owl’s hair is almost finished, and you can clearly see where the eye is going to be.

In progress-picture of a counted cross-stitch-project of an owl on a black background. The left half of the blue-violet hair is almost completely filled in.

This is the last SAL post in 2021 – I can’t believe the year is already over! I’d like to wish all of you happy holidays and a great start into 2022.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Sharon, Daisy, AJ, Cathie, Linda, Helen and Connie.

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