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SAL – Precious dreams #09

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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 with page four finished. I took out all the orange thread that I’d used for gridding. That was fun! I’d worried that it would split as I stitched round it as it was only normal sewing thread. I was right. In hindsight, I should have waited until I had the proper stuff to grid with but it was several years ago that I started this project and I didn’t know about the proper stuff then. It’s all out now though and I’ve replaced it on the lower pages so I won’t have the same problem.

I’ve tidied up the parked threads and grouped them by page but I haven’t de-fluffed yet. I’m quite worried about the amount of fluff on this. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get it all off as it’s stitched in. Hopefully when this makes it onto the wall, you won’t be able to see it, or maybe it’ll just look like authentic texture LOL

I was very tempted to carry on with this for another page, but I’m going to stick to the plan and do a small project first. I’ve just finished prepping it, which didn’t take long as it only uses two colours. I’m not going to bother gridding as it’s very simple. Don’t you just love that fabric? Hopefully I can finish it by next update and then carry on with Precious Dreams.

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, Jenny

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.

35 thoughts on “SAL – Precious dreams #09

  1. Your project is looking wonderful. I can’t wait to see more. Years ago I remember seeing a tool that was like a tiny, tiny bottle brush that you could run across your fabric to pick up all of those fuzzies and fluffs that are leftover after ripping out or removing threads. I haven’t seen one in years, but I am sure there must be something like that still out there. I could have used one of those tools last night after ripping out some burgundy colored threads. I think I will have to look for one of those, too. I can’t wait to see your new project. That fabric is beautiful.

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  2. I love this project — so complicated and so beautiful! Can’t wait to see what your next project is!

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  3. Lovely progress ! I think it’s a good idea to take a short break from such a complicated design, and I LOVE the variegated thread and fabric you picked. Looking forward to seeing the result!

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    • Thanks 🙂
      I have a love/hate relationship with variegated thread. I LOVE the way it looks but I hate that I can’t use the loop start LOL
      I do like a pretty fabric though 🙂

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  4. Fabulous Carole! I think you definitely deserve a break from the big project to enjoy a smaller project this time..

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  5. Fantastic progress! Looking forward to seeing your new project on that beautiful fabric!

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  6. I am so happy that you are excited about continuing Precious Dreams! That is some yummy fabric!

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  7. I haven’t seen this for 6 weeks so it looks to me like you’ve made a ton of progress! I know what you mean about stitching the “fluff” right into the work. Even my quilts these days have some dog hair permanently embedded in them. 😦

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    • As the cats like to help me whenever I get the sewing machine out, my quilts also get pet hair stitched in. I think it’s just one of those things you have to accept when you have furry friends LOL

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  8. that”s a lovely amount of progress!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! (I don’t know how it would work on cross-stitch, but I’ve lightly tapped a tiny bit of packing tape to some of my crazy quilt projects to remove tiny thread fibers.) This is gorgeous.

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    • Thank you 🙂
      I think packing tape may be too strong but I do have scotch tape, and also masking tape. Plus assorted lint rollers, gloves, etc. I spend a lot of time de-fluffing the house LOL

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  10. Love the color fabric for the next project, excited for the reveal. Precious Dreams looks dreamy 🙂 your work is lovely!

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  11. Precious Dreams is simply gorgeous!! You really got quite a bit done. It really is nice to work on something small that’s relatively easy to finish to give yourself a little present while stitching a much bigger project!

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  12. Wonderful progress on this pretty design. I’m curious..what exactly is the proper stuff for griding the fabric?

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  13. Wow! Spectacular! Happy Stitching!
    Hugs,Carmela

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  14. Such neat stitching! I like the suspense on your next small project 🙂

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  15. It is looking great so far!

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  16. It looks amazing…and so complicated!I think it’s probably a good plan to do a little one in between, love the colours on the new one 🙂

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    • Thanks. It’s not that complicated. Just fiddly and needing a lot of concentration. I am enjoying working on something small and simple for now, but am looking forward to getting back to Precious Dreams.

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  17. Beautiful work Carole and I can’t wait to see what your next project is, the colours look beautiful! Happy stitching xx

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