Anne’s Orchard Clutch – and an almost finished half way point!

annes orchard clutch update - almost finished the leaves
After missing (again!) the last SAL check-in, I'm back! Unfortunatley with less to show than I had hoped!

Another look at 'Anne's Orchard Clutch'

You would think with this new found energy and creativity I would actually have made some large in-roads on this piece. But alas, it seems to be destined to be a project that is constantly a little neglected, save for weekend mornings with a cup (or two) of coffee.

Having said that, I am almost finished all the leaves, which means I am almost finished the first side of the bag. However, I think I may take out some of the original leaves. They have been stitched in pale grey. Initially I thought this was a good idea. However now they are the only grey leaves amongst the white ones, they look a little out of place. I will finish this side of the bag and then make a decision. Or perhaps ponder further whilst stitching the other side.

annes orchard clutch update - almost finished the leaves

Slowly but surely…

And so slowly but surely this piece progresses along. It is a really lovely piece and I do enjoy stitching it. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to juggle it with the other projects.

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31 thoughts on “Anne’s Orchard Clutch – and an almost finished half way point!”

  1. Glad you are back, Catherine,mImhave missed your posts! We do go through seasons of high production and low, that’s for sure! You are filling in some big areas, looking forward to what is stitched in your next update!

    1. Oh, you are always so supportive Kathy, thank you! Yes, I feel like I’m making some real progress now. As soon as I work out how to move onto the next part!

    1. I’m quite partial to the pale grey too! I think I will leave it until I’ve probably finished most of the second side and will then make a decision. It’s not like there is a shortage of areas to work on!

    1. Thanks Sharon. I think part of the problem with these problems that just move along as I stitch through them is that there isn’t enough of a plan!

  2. Glad you’re back! I know how good it can feel to have your enthusiasm return after an unexpected hiatus. Have you considered using more shades of grey for the other leaves? That might make the first ones blend in better and save you having to do any frogging.

    1. Thanks Sue! Yes, a little holiday was needed I think 🙂 I am thinking about adding more greys in. It might be time to ‘start afresh’ on the other side of the purse and make a decision that way!

  3. Do not worry about how little time you have, and progress you are making, instead just be happy that the time you do have is being spent enjoyably on this project. Its a hobby, so the aim is to be doing something you enjoy and not to get it finished quickly Catherine.

  4. Welcome back. Your stitching looks great. I love the colors on this project. Just enjoy the process, it will get done eventually. ?

  5. Good to hear from you. I’m not sure about the pale grey myself, but I think it is something that will have to wait until you’ve done everything else, then you can see whether it needs to be all white…

    1. Yes, I’m with you, Rachel. I think the best plan to stitch the rest, including the second side, and then make a decision. I do have a feeling it will come out though.

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