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SAL – African Sampler #13

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

This is the final row on the sampler, and it’s definitely my favourite.

African Sampler - 26The beads and metallic thread have been added to the lower section.

African Sampler - 25And to the upper section.

African Sampler - 24Which means that it’s all finished!

African Sampler - 23And yes, it’s the photo that’s wonky, not the stitching. I’m definitely going to get a frame for this one soon so it can go on the wall. It’s much too nice to go in the box with the others. I’m thinking it’ll look great displayed with the prints of Animal Kingdom that we bought a few years ago.

I’m carrying on with Rose Boudoir next and am trying to resist the temptation to start something new. Maybe if I complete that one soon, I can have a new start then.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.

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SAL – African Sampler #12

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

I’ve made a little progress since the last update, but not as much as I’d hoped. I’ve done the row of fishes above the centre panels and started the decorative rows above it. The blue row will have beads in it once I’ve finished the rest.African Sampler - 21

This is where it’s up to now.

African Sampler - 22There’s one more section to do after I’ve finished the decorative rows, but it’s a big one. It’s also my favourite part of the sampler, which is why I’ve left it until last.

Maybe I’ll have a finished sampler, beads and all, for the next update. Anything is possible 🙂

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #11

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

I’ve redone that zebra stripe that I wasn’t very happy with. It looks much, much better now.

This is what it looked like before.

African Sampler - 19a

And this is it now.

African Sampler - 19See how it matches up now? Big improvement. I’m really glad that I frogged it and did it over. It was going to bug me otherwise.

So, this is what it all looks like now.

African Sampler - 20Just above the elephants there’s some backstitch that should have been done in metallic, but the stuff that I had was vile to stitch with so I did it in yellow/gold thread instead. Now that I’ve bought some Kreinik, I shall redo that as I think it’ll look a lot better.

After that I’ll start working my way up from the panels, with the next row being some fish. Very pretty fish.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #10

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

I’ve finally reached the bottom of the sampler and have done one of my favourite rows. It didn’t take too long and it’s quite simple, but I really love it.

African Sampler - 17

This is how it looks with the rest of the sampler.

African Sampler - 18I’ve also started frogging that row of zebra print that went a bit pear-shaped so hopefully the next update will see that finished, and then I can start working up to the top.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #09

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

I have done almost no stitching over the past few weeks. All I’ve done is one row on the African sampler. My hours at work have been increased (hooray!) and I’m shattered when I get home. I did enjoy doing this row though as it was fairly quick and had lots of pretty colours in it.

African Sampler - 15I also did the bit between the zebra stripes. It’s a line of black backstitch with gold thread wrapped around it. It’s quite pretty but you can’t see the effect too well from the photo.

This is what the whole thing looks like now.

African Sampler - 16It’s definitely growing but there’s a lot to do still. As I’m not getting as much stitching time at the moment, I’ve decided to put my other two current WIPs away for now and just concentrate on this one.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #08

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

Finally, finally, that blasted zebra print stripe is finished. Hooray!

African Sampler - 14
There’s a row of backstitch between the two zebra stripes, which will have gold metallic wrapped around it. I’ve decided that maybe it would look better with the metallic so have ordered some of the only brand that’s reasonably nice to stitch with – Kreinik. I’ll also redo the bit from higher up that should be metallic. I did it in a gold-yellow as the metallic that I had was vile to use.

The problem that I’m struggling with now is, that the upper row of zebra is wrong. I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d managed to stitch the left page on the right side and only realised when the next page didn’t match up. Now that it’s all finished, I can see that it really would look better if I redid the upper row correctly, as the two rows should match up. Shall I or shan’t I? How much will it bug me if I don’t? I think I may have to, you know. Sigh.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Garden 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #07

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

Once again, I’ve little to show. I’ve managed to get some more done on the never-ending zebra stripe rows but I haven’t had much time due to the new job, gardening etc, etc.

African Sampler - 13Still, some progress is better than none, and hopefully once our new store is open, and the training is finished, I may be able to settle down and get some more stitching done.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Garden 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #06

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

Once again, I only have a small amount of progress on this project. I seem to be really busy at the moment. There’s a lot to do in the garden, plus we’ve been out owl hunting a few times. Also, I’ve got quite a bit to do to get ready for starting my new job next month.

I have at least managed to finish the row I was on, and have put a few stitches into the next one, which is more zebra stripes. Maybe I’ll manage to finish that row for the next update.

African Sampler - 12As you can see – I still haven’t pressed it. Maybe next time…

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Alison at Minerva’s meanderings
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Garden 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #05

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

I don’t feel as if I’ve managed to get much done this time, although I did spend quite a few nights stitching away at it. I’ve done one of the rows, and have got about halfway across the next. I really wanted to finish that one too, but it was a lot more time-consuming than I’d thought it would be.

African Sampler - 10I did find a better way of working on this so I’m quite pleased about that. Before I’d been using an 8″ square frame, which meant I had to move the work across to finish each row. I had strips of cotton fabric between the evenweave and the frame and a grime cover over all of it.

I wanted to be able to do a whole row without having to take it off the frame, but there wasn’t enough fabric to fit on my bigger frame so I sewed a double thickness of cotton fabric all around the outside to make it bigger. Now it fits the larger frame and I can fold the edges up to go under the frame and this also protects where I hold it so I don’t need to use a grime guard. It works so much better.

African Sampler - 11As you can see, I didn’t quite find the time to press this before its photo call. Maybe next time.

I’ve just acquired a new chart. I really don’t need any more charts but sometimes you see something and it’s so perfect that you just can’t resist. This one is from an Etsy seller called PinoyStitch and combines two of the things that I love – Owls and Lord of the Rings. Oh yes! It’s called Fellowship of the hooties and will be perfect for the SAL once I’ve finished the African Sampler.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Alison at Minerva’s meanderings
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Garden 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.


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SAL – African Sampler #04

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

We have elephants!

African Sampler - 08

The two little rows of pattern plus the elephants are what I’ve managed to stitch since the last update. There will be some beads added to the top row of pattern once the rest is finished. The bottom row of pattern has backstitch along the bottom edge of it. That should  have been in a metallic but it was a really vile  one to work with so I gave up and used ordinary DMC instead. I think it looks  fine.

By the fifth elephant, I hardly needed to look at the chart. It was a bit repetitive doing one after the other, and all identical, but I do love them now that they’re finished.

I had a bit of an issue trying to photograph it for upload, as I had a little helper.

African Sampler - 09I think he was making sure it was straight. (or not)

I did get a photo without him in it eventually so this is what the project looks like now.

African Sampler - 07I’m going to carry on working downwards so the next bit to be done is another thin row of pattern and then a couple of wider stripes of zebra print.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Alison at Minerva’s meanderings
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Garden 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Jacqui at The stitching line
Jess at Ever the crafter

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.