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SAL – Snowflake Serenade #01

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This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and after the happy dance last time, I get to start a new project.

I had a good sort out of my To Be Stitched box and five different projects shouted loudly enough to be freed, that I’ve pulled them out and am hoping to do them all this year. (I know, very optimistic given my recent track record LOL) Apart from one, they’re all fairly small, although one isn’t cross stitch and looks a little bit scary.

This one is by one of my favourite designers, Country Cottage Needleworks, and is called Snowflake Serenade. I’m using the recommended threads and I’ve picked a fabric from my stash that I think goes nicely. It’s a 28 count Permin Linen in Lambswool. It’s nice and slubby – lovely!

This is the stash and the picture of how it will eventually look. I’ve had this chart in my stash for at least four years. I know this because I’d already taken the stash photo and it was dated 01/01/15. I thought it’d be lovely to do at this time of year and it’ll be much simpler and quicker than the last project.

I thought it’d be fun to start off by doing the outline first, as then I could have fun filling in the boxes. This proved to be a bit more troublesome than I’d anticipated as apparently, I can’t count. I was about halfway done and I had to frog a fair bit of the top as I’d missed seeing one of the very fine threads that you get in slubby linen and was half a stitch out. Once I’d put that right, I found that it was a whole stitch out for most of what there was left so that got frogged and redone. I bet you can guess how many times I counted, checked, and counted again after that, but the rest got done without any mistakes.

I was really keen to carry on so thought I’d do a bit of the border for this update too and may have got a bit carried away. Look! That’s all the border finished! I’m really on a roll with this and can’t wait to get into the little boxes now. I’m so chuffed with how good a start I’ve made for this year. Let’s hope I can keep it up LOL

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Carmela, Jocelyn

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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Author: Carole

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

51 thoughts on “SAL – Snowflake Serenade #01

  1. Ack. That frogging sounds annoying! But the border looks amazing and the white boxes are just calling out to be filled in now!

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  2. What a great start, even if there was a bit of undoing and redoing to be done. I love the colours, it will be a lovely project.

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  3. Great start, I decided a while ago that I can’t count, most of my cross-stitch has a miscount in there somewhere! I’m impressed at you stitching the outlines first, mine would have gone very wrong 🙂

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  4. Sometimes, when you´re counting threads you can feel your eyes getting crossed 🙂 The new pattern is looking good and I´m glad you came out right in the end!

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  5. What a pretty pattern — and excellent work getting your outlines and outer border done! This will be beautiful to watch. Will you do mini-finishes with one “box” at a time?

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  6. You are so good doing the borders – I’m not sure I would have had the patience – we’ve had a dusting of snow here depending where in the world you are this could be quite apt!

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  7. I’m sorry I missed doing a happy dance with you when you finished the Crazy Cat Lady. It looks fabulous – of course. 🙂
    This is indeed a perfect project for this time of year. All that counting is one reason I avoid cross stitch these days! The border is lovely.

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  8. Great start to this project! I always have problems when doing borders as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to frog out stitches along a border.

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  9. This is such a pretty pattern and I think it is smart to do the block outlines first…it will be a great guide now for the motifs. I know I hate when I miscount; I am forever checking and even then somehow make a mistake. But sometimes like with your slubby texture, my linen is also not flat and perfectly even. I will look forward to seeing your progress on this one.

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  10. Love the pattern, the colors, the fabric, everything! Fantastic progress getting the borders done. It will make each block feel like a mini finish! I like to keep my DMC in those stitch bows too. I have them stored in a binder.

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    • My stitchbows are in binders too. I like them much better than any other way of DMC storage. I have a mini binder for the ones being used too.

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      • That’s a great idea! I’ve considered the mini binder sleeves for dmc in current use. I’m also noticing some of my sleeves are starting to tear apart at the crease 😣 But I can salvage it by adding new hole punches I guess.

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        • The mini binder is really useful. There’s room to put scissors, needles etc in there too.
          Some of my sleeves are getting a bit tatty too. I think the problem is that the side that folds, tends to hang down in the binder instead of lying flat. They’re lasting well though.

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  11. What a great start and I love the colours!

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  12. Wow! Great job Carole. It’s fun when you get in a roll isnt it?

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  13. Love your new project! Your got a lot done, even with the frogging. Bet it feels great to have the borders done. Should be smooth sailing now.

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  14. Love your choice of design and your courage in stitching the border first. I can’t count either, and no amount of recounting helps me which is why I tend to leave borders till last for fear of having to unstitch the contents of said border. This is gonna look amazing !!!

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  15. This is such a cute piece and looks like it will stitch up relatively quickly! You have made a great start! I would have been too scared to stitch the borders first – I know that I am tooooooo challenged when it comes to counting.

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  16. Wow! You made great progress already! I cannot wait to see it on the 24th. Beautiful work!

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  17. Counting does us in every time! I think having the borders in will make this fly for you. I love the fabric, even though it can be so sly about threads. 😄

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  18. Wonderful! It’s a really complicated model ! I love this! Have a nice day
    Carmela

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  19. good idea to have done the boxes and border first, although it does help if you can count lol.

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  20. Fantastic progress, especially after you couldn’t count at first LOL. This is a great design for the SAL with all the separate sections to complete. Very pretty too!

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  21. First Carole I must apologise for missing your dance last time but it was a lovely finish and I am sure the dance was a very very happy one.
    I love samplers and sure I have this in one of my 3 big boxes of things to do lol. Another of your projects I will enjoy watching.

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  22. Great start, and lots of progress, well done 🙂

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  23. Oooh, really pretty border, and I think the background colour really sets the stitches off.

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  24. Wow, this is a great start and it’s going to be a really beautiful finished project. The frame and border is very pretty 🤗

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