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SAL – Ice cream sundae #01


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

This is a design by Country Cottage Needleworks. I’ve done a couple of the other ‘menu’ designs by CCN and they’re great fun to stitch, and fairly quick too. So far I’ve done Coffee menu and Pie menu. I may add Cake menu to my stash at some point as I think they’ll look lovely on the wall all together.

I’m using a lovely fabric. It’s 28ct cashel linen in light mocha. It feels really nice and is easy to stitch on.

As I mentioned last time, I’ve marked the squares out for ease of counting, and I’m finding it really useful again. I’m hoping to finish this in two updates and I’ve made a good start on it. I’m exactly halfway down it so I’m bang on schedule.It’s making me hungry for ice cream while I’m stitching it. I could just fancy that banana split. Wonder if I’ll manage to finish this without succumbing to temptation LOL

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanze, ChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenLindaHeidi, JackieSunnyHayleyMegan,
Deborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

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.


Author: Carole

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

29 thoughts on “SAL – Ice cream sundae #01

  1. I have fond memories of a childhood flavor called “gold medal ribbon” that probably was available one summer of the Olympics — vanilla with fudge and caramel ribbons. Great, now I want ice cream! Next time I do a cross stitch pattern I’m going to try gridding out the fabric like you do — it’s such a clever idea!


    • That sounds yummy! Ice cream is so nice 🙂
      Do try the gridding. I wish I’d tried it years ago as it really does make a difference. I often listen to an audio book while I’m stitching and would have to pause it every time I needed to concentrate on counting, but I don’t need to now.


  2. What a cute project Carole! I think you have said before but why do you have the stitch markers placed on the fabric. Is that a technique just when using linen to help you?


    • Thanks 🙂
      There are several reasons why I’m using the guide lines, but it basically boils down to making it easier to count and much harder to put stitches in the wrong place. I only have to glance at the chart to see that the stitch I’m doing should be two stitches to the left of the line and can instantly see if I’m in the right place.
      Also, I can start in the top corner instead of in the centre and be certain that it’ll all fit on the fabric. It just takes the worry out of it, and as I’m struggling with anxiety at the moment, every little helps 🙂


  3. You’ve done very well! But will you ever get the set framed to put on the wall? 😉 [I have the same issue with finishing that you do. :–)]


  4. I love ice cream! Every day of the year! Your projects is looking so great!


  5. This is such a pretty piece and delicious! Ice cream sundaes are our traditional dessert with littler grandson.


  6. I am definitely ready for some ice cream now 🙂 Lovely color choices! Sharon


  7. That’s a superb fabric ! I’ve used white evenweave or white aida most of my life, never been very adventurous. I use the supplied fabrics when making kits but when kitting up myself, imagination runs out. This does look wonderful to work with however ! Looking great 😀


    • I tend to replace the fabric in kits as they usually come with aida, and it feels so stiff and clunky after evenweaves. Plus it’s so much easier to do backstitch and partial stitches on evenweaves.
      If you want to try a different fabric, I’d recommend Cashel. It’s not too slubby and comes in some lovely colours. Most of my fabric stash is either Cashel or Jobelan.


  8. Very pretty, love the colours 🙂


  9. Really greedy! I have never used this method to position the pattern.But don’t you get in your way when embroidering the stitches? Good Summer!


  10. Banana split YUM!! Well done on all the fun stitching 🙂


  11. My DH has a new favorite, Moosetracks, which is vanilla with a chocolate swirl almost like fudge, and tiny peanut butter cups. I generally prefer vanilla because I can change it to match my mood!


  12. rather apt for the hot summer ^^


  13. Vanilla and Coffee are my favourites. I wonder if they will appear on your list. Your projects are always such fun and full of lovely colours Carole xx


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