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SAL – Douceur de vivre #4


This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve now finished all the squares, leaving just the border to do.

The first square has another little cottage.

SoL-11I’ve enjoyed doing the cottage squares, with the pretty pink buildings.

Next was a garden square with flowers, a little white fence and a tree that I loved stitching.

SoL-12The final square has a lady watering her garden with a butterfly flitting between squares.

SoL-13I’m not sure about the watering can. It looks a funny shape to me, but it’ll do.


I’m thinking the border might take a while but I’m hoping to get a finish for the next update. I already have the next SAL project planned and am looking forward to starting it.

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
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
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.

22 thoughts on “SAL – Douceur de vivre #4

  1. It’s looking great! I thought the watering can looked odd in the close up picture, but in the next photo it looks perfect


  2. Beautiful! I love the little pink houses. The watering can looks fine from a distance. The close up looked like she was holding a dog by the tail, LOL. But when you showed the whole picture, I could see it looked like a watering can just fine.


  3. Looks like a perfectly useful watering can to me! The whole sampler is darling. Can’t wait to see what the border is like. 🙂


  4. You’ve made fantastic progress again and it looks beautiful 🙂 Now I can’t wait to see the border and what you have planned next. I’m loving your finishes!


  5. It’s definitely a watering can, but one with a very large rose on the end. This is a really lovely piece, and if the next thing is anything like it, I shall very much enjoy watching its progress.


  6. if you tip your head to one side (45°) it definitely looks like a watering can.
    No idea what a “trug” is lol


  7. Is it possibly a trug that the lady is carrying instead of a watering can? If so, it is perfectly shaped, so do not be concerned! I agree with the other commenters, this is such a lovely piece and your work is so neat and elegant. Looking forward to seeing the finished picture.


    • Thank you 🙂

      I think it is a watering can. It’s just on the close up that it looks odd. When I look at the whole piece, it does look more like one. Whatever it is though, I’m loving the overall effect.


  8. This is one of the nicest looking embroidery I´ve seen. It´s great!!!!!


  9. I love this , the colours are delicious. The stitching so neat.


  10. Looks fantastic, can’t wait to see the border


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