SAL Update – Bee #6

October 17, 2021 at 9:13 am | Posted in Embroidery | 7 Comments
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There was not as much vacation stitching as I hoped for, mainly because only one of the hotels I stayed at provided the right workspace and lighting conditions to work on this. But there has been progress, even if just a bit. Last time:

In-progress shot of a cross-stitch pattern, showing a couple of pink flowers on the lower left on top of a yellow-orange background. In the unfinished part to the right a hexagonal honeycomb form is appearing.

Now, the first hexagon is pretty much finished (the missing bits belong to another blue flower), and the next one below is starting to take shape:

In progress-shot of a counted cross-stitch project with a yellow-orange-red background. On the left, some big pink and small blue flowers, on the upper right, a hexagon from a honeycomb.

Seems like I need to find a TV show or two to watch in order to make more progress – the owl is getting rather more love at the moment.

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #23

September 5, 2021 at 6:06 am | Posted in Embroidery | 8 Comments
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Lots of things to see today (except the next owl, but we’re getting there). Here’s last time:

In progress picture of a counted cross-stitch pattern, visible is the negative space in the black background on top of the second owl.

I finished the current batch of black, filled in the branches, and started on the bump of foliage on the left side. You can see the outline of the next owl much better now!

In-progress shot of a counted cross-stitch-project. The black background at the top is outlining the shape of the head of an owl. To the left, there are some finished branches and the start of an area of green foliage.

In the middle of the foliage, you can see more outline of his “hair” – this is clearly going to be 80s-emo-owl. I love the fact that all the owls on this design have such different personalities!

I won’t be posting three weeks from now (finally, some travel!), but I’m taking the Bee and hope to have a nice update afterwards.

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Bee #5

August 15, 2021 at 6:53 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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It’s Bee time again, and thanks to rather a lot of Olympics watching, I’ve got quite a bit of progress to show. Here’s last time:

In progress picture of a colourful cross-stitch-project of a bee featuring the red-orange-yellow background on the opper left of the image.

I’ve moved the frame a bit, since I’m extending the background to the right. I have now reached the honeycomb that makes up part of the background, as you can see from the hexagonal forms suddenly appearing.

In-progress shot of a cross-stitch pattern, showing a couple of pink flowers on the lower left on top of a yellow-orange background. In the unfinished part to the right a hexagonal honeycomb form is appearing.

Progress counter is at 17,18% now, which is rather a big change from last time. Onwards!

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #22

July 25, 2021 at 8:31 am | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Excitement! More Black! Last time:

counted cross-stitch project in progress - black background on the left side of empty fabric showing the outline of the next coloured section.

Today:

In progress picture of a counted cross-stitch pattern, visible is the negative space in the black background on top of the second owl.

I’ll work my way around the right side of the owl before reintroducing some colour. I’ll probably continue the branches first, followed by the cluster of leaves which will fill the bump in the outline on the left. After that we’ll get a look at the colours of the new owl.

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Bee #4

July 4, 2021 at 7:12 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Looking at the bee again today! Here’s where we were six weeks ago:

In-progress shot of a counted cross-stitch project, featuring two big pink flowers on a orange and red background.

And this is today:

In progress picture of a colourful cross-stitch-project of a bee featuring the red-orange-yellow background on the opper left of the image.

This is the upper left corner of the pattern, and I’ll make my way to the right from there. You may notice that the numbers I drew in for counting out the pattern seem to be awfully close to the last stitches here – looks like a miscounted at the very start and the whole image is shifted 10 stitches left from where it was supposed to be. Luckily I left just enough space for this not to be a problem in the end. There’s one small dot that should be up in the corner that would touch the zero line that’s now partially covered by the numbers, and I’ve decided to leave that out in order to not make finishing more difficult at the end. I’m now at 13,53% done, onwards to 15!

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #21

June 13, 2021 at 6:17 am | Posted in Embroidery | 9 Comments
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It’s time for owls again! Today will be an update in several steps, since I finally managed to get the first owl finished and moved the frame afterwards. So, here’s where I was six weeks ago:

The tail feathers were still missing, together with a few stitches here or there on the feet and branch, so I filled those in first:

Progress picture of a cross-stitched owl sitting on a branch.

That makes the first owl officially finished! I had already decided that I was going to do the owl to the right of this one next, so I needed to move the frame to get enough empty fabric next. Here’s the reference for where I started on this section:

Progress shot of counted cross-stitch project showing the mostly empty fabric to the right of the already finished owl.

Next step? Rather a lot of black background, which is a nice change from all the confetti, so I’m quite enjoying it.

counted cross-stitch project in progress - black background on the left side of empty fabric showing the outline of the next coloured section.

You can see the outline of the next section appear. The bump on top of the small branch is some foliage, which will lead directly into the next owl, which looks quite different from the first 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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Bee #3

May 23, 2021 at 7:08 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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This time I’m showing progress on my colourful bee again, more background!

Here’s last time:

In-progress shot of a counted cross-stitch project, featuring two big pink flowers on top of each other.

I finished the flowers and started to add the background above:

In-progress shot of a counted cross-stitch project, featuring two big pink flowers on a orange and red background.

I love the orange and red colour combination of the background. Official numbers: 11.89% done, so not as much as the last update, but that mostly means I got obsessed with the owls again, which is a good thing.

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #20

May 2, 2021 at 6:54 am | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Today’s the scheduled update about my owl, which hasn’t grown a lot – but what has grown is the branch he’s sitting on. I’m really starting to like the spirally patterns on the branch, although, as always with this pattern, it consists completely of confetti stitches in too many colours – but the effect is worth it:

Hoping to finish the branch and possibly the tail feathers till the next update, and then I’ve decided to move on to the next owl to the right, which is incidentally sitting on that same branch.

Here’s the comparison with last time:

In progress picture of a colourful owl in counted cross-stitch

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Bee #2

April 11, 2021 at 7:59 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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The bee (or rather the background around the bee) continues to grow! I’ve worked on the pink flowers on the upper left side of the image, and am planning to work my way up to the upper left corner from here. Still enjoying all the colours, although I definitely prefer the oranges and reds to the pinks of the flowers.

Here’s last time’s progress:

Progress picture of cross-stitch image showing the head of a bee, some red-orange background and a couple of partially done pink flowers on the left.

And this is today’s progress:

In-progress shot of a counted cross-stitch project, featuring two big pink flowers on top of each other.

Patternkeeper tells me I’m sitting at 9.37% done right now, which sounds a lot and a little at the same time. Next time we’ll look at the owls again!

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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

SAL Update – Prism Owls #19

March 21, 2021 at 8:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 10 Comments
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As promised, today there’s an update on my owl. Turns out that starting a new project is just what I needed to also continue making progress on this one. I have now learnt how much I prefer working on 25-count fabric, it’s just so much more solid and less fiddly than the 28-count I’m using for Bee! So, here’s our owl today:

In progress picture of a colourful owl in counted cross-stitch

She’s got feet now, and you can see the negative space where the tail feathers and the branch she’s sitting on will go. That’s rather more progress than I expected to make, so yay! Here’s the comparison to last time:

Cross-stitched wol in reds and green with finished head and body.In progress picture of a colourful owl in counted cross-stitch

The compare doesn’t work perfectly here because I had to extend the frame a bit to show the bits at the bottom, but I still think it gives a good impression on what’s happened since last 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, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Cathie, Linda and Helen.

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