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SAL – Los gatos – 01

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve started not one, but two new projects.

Last time, I said that I was torn between fishing out a kit or printing one of the many digital charts in my stash. After some rummaging, I decided to stitch the most recent of my digital acquisitions, Los Gatos. I love the unusual colour palette in this design plus it’s cats, so right up my street.

I got the chart at Jardin Privé. The designer is Camille Coljé-Camps. I’ve done a chart from there before, but it had a nice English version. Los gatos didn’t. It’s a long time since I studied French, but how hard could it be? It’s just a chart. Just to be on the safe side though, I asked Claire for help. Thanks Claire 🙂

So, Los gatos is started. I haven’t got much done on it, mostly because I was procrastinating when I should have been rinsing and pressing the fabric and gridding it. Once that finally got done, I made a start on the stitching and this is the progress so far. Usually, I only stitch one project at a time but I had a little look on Etsy, while I was considering which projects out of my stash that I was going to do. (It seemed like a good idea at the time.) Oddly enough I ended up buying two more charts.

One of them is Hooties year round minis from Pinoy Stitch. I did a Hooties stitch in 2019 and loved doing it so I’ve had my eye on some of the other ones. This one is a mini Hootie for each month of the year and I thought it’d be fun to do one Hootie per month. I’ve done January and he’s very cute in his little scarf.

I was very tempted to start a third project as when I popped to Jardin Privè to get the link, I found a design for a temperature cross stitch. I did a temperature crochet blanket a few years ago, which I enjoyed doing, but the cross stitch version would be a lot quicker to do each day and is very versatile in how many extra things you can add. I’ve bookmarked it for next year though as I think two at a time is quite enough LOL

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.


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SAL – Douceur de vivre #6

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

SoL-15FThat border looks lovely but it was really fiddly. I think I spent as much time looking at the back of the work as I did the front.

I’m not sure how I’m going to finish this one off. It’ll be going in the (rather full) tub of completed projects. I really must do something with them one of these days…

New project next time and I’m not sure which one it’ll be. I have one lined up ready, but there are a couple more that are clamouring for attention, so who knows which one’ll win.

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
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
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 – Douceur de vivre #5

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and there hasn’t been much progress this time.

SOL-14I’m working on that border and it’s proving to be very fiddly. I’ve done the stems and have started on the leaves but I’ve still got a lot of leaves to do. After that there are flowers in two different colours. I’m definitely aiming for a finish for next time though.

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
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
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 – Douceur de vivre #4

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve now finished all the squares, leaving just the border to do.

The first square has another little cottage.

SoL-11I’ve enjoyed doing the cottage squares, with the pretty pink buildings.

Next was a garden square with flowers, a little white fence and a tree that I loved stitching.

SoL-12The final square has a lady watering her garden with a butterfly flitting between squares.

SoL-13I’m not sure about the watering can. It looks a funny shape to me, but it’ll do.

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I’m thinking the border might take a while but I’m hoping to get a finish for the next update. I already have the next SAL project planned and am looking forward to starting it.

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
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Cathy at NanaCathydotcom
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
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 – Douceur de vivre #3

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and for this update I’ve finished another three squares.

This is top left. I quite like the shape of that tree and I’d been looking forward to doing the bird to get rid of that two-stitch gap in the grid. That looks much better now.

SoL-09Next I did top centre, which has a lovely rustic chimney on the side.

SoL-08And then it was top right, which is my favourite square so far.

SoL-07I was listening to Lord of the Rings (audiobook) while stitching that one, and had got to the part where the hobbits are going through the ancient forest and get tangled up with the evil willow tree just before meeting Tom Bombadil. It felt quite appropriate to be stitching a willow tree while listening. Mine isn’t evil though and hasn’t eaten up any hobbits recently.

Six squares done now then, and this is what it all looks like.

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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
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
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 – Douceur de vivre #2

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and progress has been made. I’m really enjoying stitching this one.

This is the centre square of the design.

SoL-04Those little sheep were fun to do and I do like how the clouds overlap the squares.

I did the square on the centre left next.

SoL-03That could be me, if I used enormous great needles and wore dresses 😉 She looks like she could do some damage with that needle, don’t you think?

Finally for this update, I did a third square, the one on the centre right.

SoL-05Such a sweet little pink house!

I’m quite pleased with getting three of the squares done and can’t wait to do the next ones. This is what it all looks like so far.

SoL-02I’m really pleased with how it looks on the linen. It gives it a slightly rustic charm that matches the design.

I plan to do the top left square next as that little gap in the grid is annoying me and I need to fill it in.

 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 – Douceur de vivre #1

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and this week I have a new start. I did consider using the SAL to finish Rose Boudoir, but then I realised it was a perfect excuse to start another project. And you know that I need very little encouragement.

I bought this one ages ago from Jardin Prive. It’s a French site, hence the name, Douceur de vivre, which I think means Sweetness of life. I’m sure someone can confirm or correct that.

I like the colours used in it. It’s a nice mixture and I think they go together beautifully. This is what my starting stash looked like.

SoLstashI’m doing it on a 32 count linen, which is so much easier to do with my brighter new light. I wouldn’t have tackled anything more taxing than 28 count evenweave before.

I’ve started by doing the grid and will probably fill in the squares next, followed by the border. I’m itching to do the border first, but even though I’ve checked, double-checked and triple-checked the count on the grid, I’m convinced that if I do the border first, I’ll end up having to frog it all because somewhere it’ll be one stitch out. If I start in the middle and work out, at least any miscounts will only result in the grid being frogged.

SoL-01That two-stitch gap is intentional. There’s a wee bird overlapping the squares there. It doesn’t look like I’ve done a lot to start with, but it took ages, due to all the counting and checking.

I’ve no idea how long it’s going to take to finish, or how many squares I can manage for each update, but I am looking forward to finding out.

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.