Anne’s Orchard Clutch – Spot the difference!

Annes Orchard clutch progress as part of the SAL
It's time for the three weekly check-in with the SAL I'm a part of. I'm stitching up Anne's Orchard's clutch. But I'm afraid it's a spot the difference game this time!


I can’t believe how quickly that three weeks went by! I’m still getting used to this whole work thing, and I’ve been quite busy in the new job. So, there has been limited time for most other things. We’ve also had a few visitors, and this has been the first free weekend in a while (and will be the last free one for a few weeks!). So even the weekends haven’t seen a lot of stitching. Not to worry, it’s been wonderful catching up with family and friends I’ve not been able to catch up with for five years! And that is what is important. The clutch will have to wait!

But still, there were a few stitches put in!

What was I thinking – why the change?

The first part I finished off was one of the branches with leaves. There was still one strand of thread left ready to thread up again. So off I went, thinking that would be a quick and easy way to get back into it.

But when I turned it over to finish off the thread, I noticed I had at some point changed from using two strands to one! Quite odd and strange. I decided to just leave it – it’s not that noticeable a difference! But moving forward I will use two strands as it does give a better coverage.

And some buttonhole stitch

I decided to next start on another flower. I quite like the first one. The petals I decided to stitch in buttonhole stitch, and I admit I’m quite pleased with them. So that was another nice easy way to get back into the swing of things.

My one frustration with this is thread. Included in the kit was a large supply of white cotton thread. It’s not DMC or Anchor, and it knots really easily. Which is a little frustrating! But, it’s more something to be mindful of than anything else. I don’t think I’m in any danger of running out of it, which is the important thing with kits.

Stem stitched branch on Anne's Orchard clutch


Using buttonhole stitch to create a simple yet effective flower on a clutch designed by Annes Orchard

And here it is now!

So, if you look carefully, you may just be able to work out the few stitches that have been added!

Annes Orchard clutch progress as part of the SAL


Join the others!

I’m sure the other lovely and talented participants in the SAL have done more than I have! So do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always so much to see, and is a great and lovely time catching up with everyone. If you would like to join, please get in touch with Avis, and she will give you all the details.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLinda, HeidiJackieSunnyHayleyTonyMegan, Deborah and Connie

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31 thoughts on “Anne’s Orchard Clutch – Spot the difference!”

    1. Thanks for the heads up Margaret – I’ve spent most of the day working this out! I think I sorted this out early on, but managed to do something quite odd so apologies for all the weird posts! And after all the stress of that, I think I need ‘peaceful’.

    1. Thanks Carole. A few odd things happening here today – I think I’ve sorted them, even it has meant a lot of rubbish being sent out! Fingers crossed there will be more progress next time.

    1. Thanks Debroah – It is a pretty piece, once you can see it! Why I decided to do a blog is beyond me today! Hopefully next time there will be more progress.

  1. It’s coming along very nicely, Catherine. I think this isn’t great project for your back to work adjustment. Straightforward, and easy to pick up, and a bit of stitching shows quickly. By the time you finish this, you will be ready to take on something else, and all the catch ups with family will be lessening.? It must be wonderful to see everyone!

    1. Thanks so much Kathy, and this was just what I was thinking when I was stitching it! It’s a different project to what I’ve worked on recently, which is also nice. It’s great to catch up with everyone, even if it does mean less stitching time.

    1. I don’t think I’d realised how much I’d missed catching up with people in the years we were in the UK. So it’s great to catch up, and the stitching is just going to have to wait! I’m sure it will all balance out nicely soon enough.

    1. Thanks Kate, and there’s been a few things to work out on the back end today! Fingers crossed a day in front of the computer has resolved those problems, even if it created more to begin with!

  2. This is coming together really beautifully — and if anything should get in the way of stitching, reconnecting with friends and family is it! Looking forward to seeing more.

  3. I really like this design. It also seems like a relaxing project to work on since it’s mainly one color and you don’t need to consult any pattern to stitch it.

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