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SAL – African Sampler #05


This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs.

I don’t feel as if I’ve managed to get much done this time, although I did spend quite a few nights stitching away at it. I’ve done one of the rows, and have got about halfway across the next. I really wanted to finish that one too, but it was a lot more time-consuming than I’d thought it would be.

African Sampler - 10I did find a better way of working on this so I’m quite pleased about that. Before I’d been using an 8″ square frame, which meant I had to move the work across to finish each row. I had strips of cotton fabric between the evenweave and the frame and a grime cover over all of it.

I wanted to be able to do a whole row without having to take it off the frame, but there wasn’t enough fabric to fit on my bigger frame so I sewed a double thickness of cotton fabric all around the outside to make it bigger. Now it fits the larger frame and I can fold the edges up to go under the frame and this also protects where I hold it so I don’t need to use a grime guard. It works so much better.

African Sampler - 11As you can see, I didn’t quite find the time to press this before its photo call. Maybe next time.

I’ve just acquired a new chart. I really don’t need any more charts but sometimes you see something and it’s so perfect that you just can’t resist. This one is from an Etsy seller called PinoyStitch and combines two of the things that I love – Owls and Lord of the Rings. Oh yes! It’s called Fellowship of the hooties and will be perfect for the SAL once I’ve finished the African Sampler.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Alison at Minerva’s meanderings
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Garden 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


Author: Carole

The books I read, the things I make, the places I go.

14 thoughts on “SAL – African Sampler #05

  1. I love the Zebra stripe. I was looking forward to seeing what came next.


  2. You´re doing a great work. I like your embroidery!


  3. Loving rhe zebra stripe! I haven’t managed to stitch on my sal piece at all!


  4. It’s going to be very striking, and not having to move the frame all the time is going to let you finish faster.


  5. a great idea to allow you to use a larger frame ^^


  6. It is looking lovely and I only just noticed the little row of elephants, so cute.


  7. What a clever idea! Looking great so far 🙂


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