SAL Update – Bee #1

February 28, 2021 at 9:10 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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As promised, today’s the first progress report on my new project. It’s another one from the fine folks at Gecko Rouge, and it’s called “Bee” by Lorna Laine. Here’s my progress for the first three weeks:

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.

I love the colours of this so much! There are several new things I’m trying out with this:

  1. The fabric is 28 threads per inch instead of 25. Small difference, and I can stitch it just fine, but I feel that especially in confetti-heavy areas there’s just not enough space for all the stitches. Will be fine for this, which turns out not to be very confetti-heavy, but I’ll stick with 25-count in the future.
  2. Gecko Rouge is switching its Magic Guide fabric to another brand. This one has one coloured thread every 10 threads, the previous one had two every 20. I appreciate things being marked every ten threads, but the main difference is one vs. two coloured threads – with two the lines on the pattern are exactly between the two lines, no thinking required. With one I had to decide and remember which row/column lies exactly on the coloured thread, which takes slightly more thinking when counting.
  3. I’m trying out Pattern Keeper, an app where you can import PDFs of Cross-stitch patterns and mark your stitches on a tablet instead of on a paper copy. This one’s a total game changer, making things much more portable and easier not to miss single stitches hiding in the crowd. Will use this going forward. Currently only available for Android, but if you have an Android tablet, it’s worthwile checking it out.

Pattern Keeper also counts exactly how many stitches you have done and how much there’s still to do, which is fun. The Bee also is a much smaller pattern than my Owls, so you can really see progress. But as promised, I’ll switch back to the owls for the next update, so they will get finished at some point!

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

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  1. another really big project, I see. 89 colours?????

    • It’s not that big, the owls are much bigger in comparison. And the number of colours doesn’t faze me, since at the end you still stitch one colour at a time!

  2. My goodness, you stitch quickly. This is quite a colorful piece!

  3. Love the colors of this project too. Your off to a great start πŸ™‚

  4. I love brightly coloured projects. This is going to be another stunner!

  5. Ooooh, love these bright colors, looking forward to seeing this develop. Pattern Keeper sounds quite interesting.

  6. Fantastic progress! Exciting you are trying some new processes with this piece πŸ™‚

  7. Wow I missed a lot last update. You have accomplished a ton on these two projects.

  8. You’ve made made a brilliant start on this. Can’t wait to see more πŸ™‚

  9. Oh that app sounds wonderful!!

  10. A beautifully colourful design and look forward to seeing the bee emerging. xx

  11. I love the colors in this piece, too — and I’m jealous that I can’t find a similar app for iphone. (Of course, my search skills may be lacking!)

  12. Good job!! A hug!
    Carmela

  13. Lovely project and I second the use of tablets to track progress. Not all designers carry apps where you can easily mark and track but I’ve been making my own PDFs after scanning patterns and stitching them together neatly at the page seam, I use a pdf reader where you can use a highligther, and that’s enough for me. Before that, I used to spend about 30% of my stitching time, frogging, now it’s only 5% of my time. Zooming in is also something I can’t do without, I have good eyes but paper patterns are printed so small :O

    I don’t mind stitching on 28 count because I usually work on pieces with a white background and since you’re just filling empty space, you can easily count what’s next, but I like my pattern blown out. Since it’s such a time consuming hobby, you may as well reduce the number of mistakes you make so that each hour spent is progress πŸ˜€


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