Elephant Stitch Sampler update

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It’s time for the three weekly catch up on the stitch-a-long projects as part of the wonderful group I’m part of. The elephant stitch sampler is starting to come together – I’m almost up to just the outlining to go!

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. It’s time for another SAL check-in!

My little elephant is coming together quite nicely. There’s not much more to complete in terms of ‘drawn in lines’ I need to cover. But I also think I don’t want to add too much more or else it will become quite overcrowded.

TAST Stitch 8 – Chain Stitch

I’ve added in some more chain stitch.  I wasn’t quite sure what the best stitch was to surround these little flowers.

I opted to stitch them in an Appleton’s wool, and in a purple colour. Still in the same kind of pink colour family as the rest of the piece, but adding a little variety with both texture and colour! I’m quite happy with the overall effect of this area.

I had originally thought I’d need to add something else into this area, but now it’s all stitched in, I’m quite happy with how it has all finished up, and I won’t be adding more to it.

 TAST Stitch 94 – Portuguese Stem Stitch (again!)

For the sake of consistency in the design, I have decided to stitch another area with the same stitch I used in the last check inPortuguese stem stitch.

There’s a few reasons for this. Firstly, I really enjoy stitching this stitch!

Secondly – I’m wanting to create a little bit of consistency in the design, and as the area has a similar feel to it as the first time I stitched this stitch, I thought this was a wise idea. I haven’t quite finished this area, but I’m sure you will get the idea!

Time to consider how to finish those last little bits!

I’ve been thinking about how I will finish off the last few bits which need covering. On the whole, I’m going to be choosing ‘safe’, and ‘obvious’ stitches like stem stitch, running stitch, and probably some more chain stitch.

My big question is how should I finish the outline of him? With some rather ‘heavy’ stitching in areas within the middle of the elephant, I’m thinking a standard stem stitch might not be the answer. Unless I stitch it in something like a perle 5 thread? Or maybe another wool?

Your ideas and help on this one will be appreciated!

Join the others!

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.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, LindaMary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

42 Comments

  1. Cathy

    It’s a lovely piece, and I love seeing your progress.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Cathy 😊

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  2. Margaret Creek

    Love seeing all the different stitches, it looks beautiful! How about couching a thicker thread for the outline?

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Margaret 😊 I hadn’t considered couching, but that is great idea – thank you!

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  3. Kate Chiconi

    I’m with Margaret, I think a thicker couched thread would give you the bolder outline you need. Or even couch down a narrow ribbon twisted to form a tube.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Kate 😊 I do like the idea of ribbon if I could find the right colour.

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  4. Robin

    I love the colors you’re using!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Robin. It’s really fun using a variety of different threads in the same colour scheme 😊

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  5. Helen Rowen

    I am not clever enough to do real embroidery so I cannot help with ideas for you Catherine. I am sure you will arrive at the perfect solution as you always do, and I for one will just sit back and admire your talents, as always.

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    • Catherine

      Oh, very sweet of you Helen 😊 I’ll probably try a few different things before settling on something.

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  6. Avis

    Great ideas from the others on how to achieve the effect you want. I do admire your artistry.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Avis. I’ve never considered myself as an artist though!

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  7. Rachel

    If you’ve learnt not to over-complicate sections which work beautifully as they are, you have learned one of the most important lessons, and I am sure that you will pick the right finishing touch!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Rachel. I think this piece in particular lends itself to more just by the nature of it. But I think it’s time to say ‘done’ very soon.

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  8. Kathy Reeves

    I really like the idea of couching, the only alternative I can think of is a double line of back stitch, with the outside edge being a shade darker than the inner to create a bit of a shadow effect. I’m not sure that it would work nearly as well as the couching, as it might be too heavy.

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    • Catherine

      There’s so many options isn’t there! I’ve got a few extra options to think about today 😊

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  9. Gun Adrian

    I can´t give you a good advice, but I read other comments that have 🙂 As I said before, this is a great idea to use all the stitches at TAST!!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Gun, so many options!

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  10. Magpie Sue

    I like the idea of a thicker thread, perle cotton or yarn as you’ve said. Couching is another great idea. I think I’m going to have to create an opportunity to learn the Portuguese stem stitch since you say it’s fun to stitch!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for that Sue. I think some Portuguese stem stitch would look great on your caravans!

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  11. Carole

    This is looking fabulous. I love the colours and all the different stitches 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Carole – it is one of the ‘more fun’ pieces I’ve stitched!

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  12. Tracey

    It’s beautiful Catherine 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Tracey 😊

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  13. Tammy

    Really Pretty! I love seeing your work. =)

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Tammy. I love your work too!

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  14. Claire

    I know nothing about different embroidery stitches so can only admire ^^

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    • Catherine

      I’m sure you probably know more than you give yourself credit for Claire!

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  15. Linda

    It’s looking great!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Linda!

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  16. Connie Butner

    Wow! Your elephant is coming along so nicely. I like the intricacy of all the stitches and color – texture is really your friend here. I’m not so good at embroidery, but after reading the comments here, couching seems like a good option. I know you will pick the perfect stitch and color and I am excited to see what you choose.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Connie! I’m having a lot of fun with the different stitches and textures you can create. I think I’ll miss this project when it’s done!

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  17. Clare Pooley

    What a beautiful site this is! I am full of admiration for your skill and your patience. I used to do a lot of embroidery when I was young but haven’t done any for years – lack of time to begin with and now my eyesight isn’t as good as it was and my fingers are so awkward with my arthritis I find holding needles difficult! I have so enjoyed looking at all your posts! Thank-you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow. Clare

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for such a lovely comment Clare! I truly love embroidery and am hoping this comes through in my site and posts. It sounds like you have lots of your own lovely pieces to soak in now. I hope you are able to enjoy another craft now in any spare time you may have!
      Thanks for visiting!

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  18. Teresa

    It’s looking lovely, I can’t wait to see it finished. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Teresa 😊 I’m looking forward to finishing this one off! Thanks for hosting

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  19. Julie

    It’s coming along really beautifully. Thanks for sharing your progress on Handmade Monday, it’s nice to see your work building up week by week.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for hosting Julie! It’s nice to see this piece finally come together.

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  20. Renee

    Catherine, you have made such beautiful progress! I love the idea of couching for the outline. Whatever you decide upon will be gorgeous. You do such lovely work.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Renee! I’m so glad I asked, as I admit couching for the outline didn’t cross my mind!

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  21. Teresa

    It has been so many years since I did any embroidery, but I have been thinking about trying it again. This design is so beautiful; it’s an inspiration! Thank you for sharing at Party in Your PJs!

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    • Catherine