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SAL – Precious dreams #08

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This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve got a little bit more done on Precious Dreams.

This is where it was up to last time.And this is it now, with page three finished.
I was hoping to get page four done as well as it’s only two columns but just haven’t found the time to pick this up. At least page three is done though, and I’ve done the confetti on page four, what little there was. I only need to whizz down those last two columns with navy now and the top half is complete. I may do that before I put it away to play with something a bit less fiddly, so that I can show you a photo of all of the top half without the frame getting in the way.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, ReneeCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

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.

40 thoughts on “SAL – Precious dreams #08

  1. Confetti stitching is tough and you’re making good progress !

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  2. That sounds lovely with all the confetti done already! Enjoy stitchcing it

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  3. I love how you park your threads, and happy that you get a bit of a ‘break’ with just solid background stitching!

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  4. Wow! Can’t wait to see what it looks like finished! This must be a bit hard on your eyes.

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  5. Great progress and lovely fishes!!!

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  6. Getting a whole page done sounds like great progress to me:)

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  7. Carole, this is gorgeous! Beautiful work. The solid colored areas sure do speed up the stitching time, don’t they?!

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  8. Sounds like a great plan! Well done on completing page 3!

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  9. Such a dreamy kind of picture emerging here. Such moody kind of colours too. I am interested in how you park those stitches too. I really could not do that. Yes, carving out the time for all we want to achieve in our days is sometimes a challenge.

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    • I don’t usually do parking but it’s easier, I find, with full coverage projects. There are another set of columns beneath these, so as I get to the bottom of each column, I park the thread where it’s needed for the square below. That way, I can get stitching more quickly on those squares as the thread is already there. There are less threads being finished off, so less bulk on the back and less waste. I mark the parked threads in orange, on the chart so I know what is parked where. It just looks a mess while it’s sitting there. Thank goodness for hair clips 🙂

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  10. It’ll grow very quickly if you have an easy bit to tackle next.

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  11. The colours add such a depth – really lovely!

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  12. How long does it take you to do one of those?

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    • It’s difficult to say. I know it took me four hours to do the last column of 900 stitches, but that was an easy one as it was mostly one colour. Most of it is what we call confetti, which is lots of odd stitches so lots of counting and changing threads. I started this a few years ago but took a long break to do other stuff. I’m trying to finish it this year, but I’ll do other projects in between so I don’t get bored with it again. If I stitched every night and only worked on this, It would take months, rather than weeks.
      I usually do much quicker projects but this one just appealed as the cat looks a little like Sammie, or it will when it’s finished 🙂

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  13. This is really lovely Carole. There is a lot going on and you made great progress 🙂

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  14. Good progress! Hugs!
    Carmela

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  15. This is such an intricate pattern! I am also amazed at your thread parking as I’ve tried unsuccessfully to do that as well.

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    • It isn’t that bad as it’s only 13 colours. What makes it fiddly is that all but three of those are shades of grey.
      The parking is quite simple once you find a system that works for you. Ideally, you should do one block of 100 stitches at a time, and do those in rows so you keep parking, doing the next stitch, parking that thread, doing the next etc. That drove me bonkers so I do a combination of different methods.
      I grid so I can easily keep track of where I’m stitching, and on this project, it’s invaluable. I stitch as far down as I can in a colour, one column at a time, and then I might carry the thread over to the next column and park it if there’s nowhere else for it to go. If a thread needs to be finished off, I carry it three columns over and tie it off. The stitching over those columns will secure it so there’s no constantly turning over to secure the threads and it keeps the tension more consistent.
      When I get to the bottom of the page, I park the thread in the first available spot on the page below, and that’s the lovely fringe effect that I have at the moment. I always mark parked threads in orange on my chart so I can easily see what I’m doing.
      I don’t stick to that strictly, but as much as possible and I find it speeds up the stitching and makes it less wasteful on thread.
      If you do a densely stitched project, do give it another go and find a way that works with your way of stitching 🙂

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  16. Half done is an accomplishment with this fiddly piece, well done! I would need a break too on this, but something light and quick would be a great way to keep the momentum going. It’s really beautiful.

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    • Yes, halfway is an excellent milestone and hopefully it will seem to go a lot quicker for the bottom pages as the columns are shorter. I really do want to finish it this year so breaking it into pages will hopefully let me do that.

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  17. page 3 already – yay! I’m always amazed at how you “park” your threads.

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    • It looks such a mess, doesn’t it, but it’s very organised and will make the bottom half much quicker to stitch, with the threads already in place. Can you imagine what it would look like by now without the hair clips though LOL

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