Group Stitch-a-long continues

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Not a lot has happened with my SAL projects…..

I can’t believe another three weeks has flown by! And the elephant I was going to be continuing on with for this SAL still hasn’t made it out of the box. I’m going to ‘blame’ it on holidays and other projects….

So, I’m going to cheat a little bit, and show you the remainder of the piece I shared last time. It’s the piece I’m stitching with my crafty group as a gift for one of our number who is leaving.

I’ve now received back all the squares, and it’s almost finished! Hasn’t everyone done a lovely job?!

So here are the four quarters.

The first panel of the group gift - the cat!
The gift with wording
The gift with wording part 2
A gift stitched with friends! An appliquéd tea cup and cake

The ball of wool

I had to make a decision on the ball of wool, and how exactly I was going to make it.

I settled upon three layers of felt padding, and then just using straight stitches over it. I’ve allowed some of the felt to still show through, as I thought that was a nice effect. Once I’ve sewn all the pieces together, I will then pop a bit of wool in the cat’s hand, and trail it off the bottom of the ball of wool. In my head, this will work. Time will tell!

For a bit of bling…

To add just a little bit of sparkle, I decided to add in steam on the tea cup using a metallic thread. I was conscious of not adding in another colour, but I thought this finished it off nicely.

So to finish….

It really shouldn’t take long once I get the sewing machine out! I just need to stitch the quarters together to make a whole. I’ll then add the final touches to the wool and the cat, and it will be time to mount it!

I’m a little concerned about mounting something that is stitched together – I’m not sure how well the different quarters are going to hold together. I’ll double (or maybe triple) stitch the hems, and hopefully that will be enough to withstand the mounting process.

A ball of wool worked with padded felt and wool

Join the others!

I’m sorry I still don’t have the elephant to show you, but a few of you mentioned you would like to see this project again, so maybe it’s a good thing!

Do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! We are also a growing group, so a big welcome to our two new participants, Heidi and Connie . Everyone is working on different projects on the whole, so it is always a feast seeing what everyone else has been up to.

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

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

28 Comments

  1. Kathy Reeves

    Catherine, I know it is FAR from standard, but I have had great success with this method. I use a layer of batting over cardboard and then using masking tape to secure the batting and embroidery to the back of the cardboard. The cardboard is cut to the frame size, so the batting and fabric fit very tightly. I have some done this way that still look great after 15 years. I glue wrapping paper to the back of the frame, then lightly dampen it when the glue is dry…it gets tight like a drum, then I sand the edge to remove any extra paper.

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    • Catherine

      Oh interesting, thank’s Kathy! If they still look great after fifteen years, I’d say that is a good sign!

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  2. Emma

    How lovely! I really like that ball of wool 😊

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Emma! I was quite pleased with it, even if it is a bit larger than I had originally planned!

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  3. Margaret Creek

    Love the ball of wool, I think it will look great, the pink really pops!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Margaret- the colours do work well together 😊

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  4. Rachel

    I’m pretty sure the tail of wool to the cat’s paw will work, although you may need to be careful how you couch it – just enough to control it, not enough to make it look unnatural. Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, that was my thought too! Very small and infrequent couching stitches I think!

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  5. Gun Adrian

    Love the ball of wool and the idea of letting the felt padding been shown just a little!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Gun! It was a lot easier and more effective than I had hoped!

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  6. wybrow1966

    Such a lovely gift – I am sure she will really appreciate all the hard work and time that has gone into it.

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    • Catherine

      Oh thank you! I’m sure she will too. Happy memories I hope!

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  7. Claire

    I use a similar method to Kathy, thick cardboard and batting, but then I lace my fabric onto the cardboard. Not too tightly, but just enough to keep it taut.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for the tip Claire! Lacing does make a difference and is worth the extra step.

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  8. Magpie Sue

    That ball of wool looks great. What a wonderful project and gift!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Sue, it’s been fun!

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  9. Carole

    Love the ball of wool, and I do like the idea of trailing it to the cat’s paw 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Carole, I think it will be a nice finishing touch!

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  10. Linda

    Love it. It looks very life like.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Linda

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  11. Julie

    Looks like it’s going to be a lovely gift. You have plenty of people giving advice about mounting it too – don’t you love the internet!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Julie. That’s what I love about blogging! It’s a great way to learn new things and help people too

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  12. Teresa

    It looks great, 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 😀

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  13. Helen Rowen

    Another case of life getting in the way, though it will be interesting to see how this finally turns out.

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    • Catherine

      Yes, life has a habit of doing that, though I’ve given up worrying about it and just take it as it comes! You will be pleased to know that after a few hours, and sore hands later, it is almost finished now!

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  14. Super Mom - No Cape!

    I really like how you’ve done the ball of wool and look forward to seeing the completed piece once they’re all sewn together and you’ve added the finishing touches.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Sue – the ball of wool worked out quite well I think!
      Thanks for hosting

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