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SAL – Pumpkin Cottage – 01


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

I’ve had this in my stash for at least five years but somehow it never made it to the top of the pile. It’s a Country Cottage Needleworks chart and it uses DMC plus some variegated threads.

I usually make a shade card for my projects, but it tends to be a bit of card with holes punched very unevenly and my scrawly writing on. Also unevenly. This time I got posh and made it on the computer, printed it, stuck it onto card, punched holes where marked and I have a lovely even card for my threads.

Look at the pretty colours!

I did the gridding slightly differently this time, and I think I prefer it this way. It’s a bit easier to see what I’m doing, although the other way worked fine too. This was quicker to grid though, which is definitely a bonus.

I’m really enjoying the stitching. The fabric is lovely, I’m stitching over two, and it’s full crosses. (I have to keep checking that the crosses all go the same way, mind, as I’ve got so used to doing tent stitch). It’s so nice to be able to see what I’m doing and to use colours that you can tell apart.

So, this is where I’ve got up to.

I’d like to add that I’m not enjoying writing this post. I’m using the new WordPress editor and I really, really don’t like it. It’s taking me ages to figure out how to do anything. I’m not impressed. Pah!

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, ReneeCarmelaSharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

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.

30 thoughts on “SAL – Pumpkin Cottage – 01

  1. You and Me both, regarding the new WordPress. I have tried getting back but this seems to be it now, when something works why do they not just leave it alone.
    I like your new way of gridding – I only tried it once but when i came to pull the grid lines through the finished piece I got in a right mess and have never done it since.


  2. Great idea on the floss card and beautiful stitching progress!


  3. The grid for the skeins is really useful, I use a cardboard one. Yours is really OK!
    Hugs, Carmela

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  4. Your new project is looking great and I don´t like the new WordPress either!


  5. I love the shade card! I should do that more for my cross stitch projects (not that I’ve done any cross stitch in a very long time!) looking forward to see more of this lovely project 🥰


  6. You did a great job creating the floss card. I do it your old way, lol, sloppy and funky. This looks great though. Nice new project and I love the colors. I am getting the hang of the new editor. It’s not so bad but I am still stumbling around. Hope it gets easier 🙂 Stay well


  7. I really like your new floss holder!! The gridding looks good as well and anything that saves time is good. I also do not like the new wordpress system.


  8. Your new project is off to a lovely start. Blogger made changes a while back and I feel like I might just be getting used to them. Like you, I’m not sure I like the change. I’m sorry you WordPress made posting more challenging, too.


  9. What a lovely project! I like seeing the roof coming onto the page. I have gotten pretty used to the WP changes but they are still a pain to work with. I agree, why change it!?


    • Thanks. I love using the variegated threads for things like the roof. It looks so much nicer than a plain block of colour. I can’t decide whether to carry on down the house next or finish the border garlands.


  10. This looks like a lovely start Carole! I managed to choose classic for my block structure, and now I know enough to search for image in the block look up, and that has helped me. I can use the old edition on my iPad because it is so old (Generation 2). Not so fond of changes anymore!


  11. This one looks so much more relaxing to do than all the shading on the cat. you’ve made a great start. I agree with you on about the editor. I’ve used Windows Live Writer for years and I’d never go back to wordpress. I’m not sure if it’s still available.


    • It is much more relaxing. I loved the cat one, but I’m so happy to be working on something brighter and easier to see. I’m taking advantage of the gridding to do bits all over the place instead of doing one square at a time too. It’s very freeing 🙂

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  12. Very pretty, I love the colour scheme.


  13. This looks like a wonderful new start. Agreed on the new interface, I tend to access the code to do a few edits and they hid it really well. There was nothing wrong with the old one really.


  14. Blogger has recently done the same thing and it has made blogging more difficult. I like your new project and your floss holder. That is a great idea to make your own.


    • Why do they mess with things that work perfectly well? Madness 🙂

      I often make my thread holder, especially with charts where nothing is provided. I like to be organised LOL


  15. should be a lovely bright project.
    And, re WP . . . I’ve heard lots of people complaining but I’m still using the old set-up. Can choose to keep with the old version, when I click to add a post from my admin page, so I do ^^


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