A Little Lamb is slowly appearing

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Wool Embroidered Blankets

An update on my Progress of the Sheep Baby Blanket, being encouraged by the lovely participants of the SAL, arranged by the lovely Avis of Sewing Beside the Sea

Looking back to where we last were!

Developing a sheep's wool using French knots

I had made a start on the first lamb, after finishing Mummy off with a nice smile. I had also decided to change my approach to the stitching of this lamb after my problems with consistency on Mummy sheep. So a lot more haphazard in approach, but hopefully that means it will all blend together a lot better! So far, I’m liking this change in approach! It also means I’m not worrying as much about the blending of the colours, as it is all a bit of a ‘mess’ anyway.

I’m also using different threads on this lamb (and time will tell what happens with the final lamb – it might turn out to be a black one if my ‘stash’ doesn’t extend far enough!). I’m using a lot more Paterna Yarn, which is a lot thicker than the Gumnut Yarn and Gloriana thread that were used principally on Mummy sheep. I’m actually quite pleased with how this is working, as it’s giving changes in texture, not just colour!

After three weeks of stitching

French knots are a great way to add texture and interest to a piece. Here, they are used to create sheep's wool!

Not a lot of stitching has happened on my poor little sheep blanket these past few weeks – I have been focusing on getting my canvas work piece moving along. Which it was until this past week, when an impromptu road trip last weekend, followed by a busy week, has meant not much of anything has happened! Thankfully after a restful Saturday, I’m feeling a lot better, and am eager to sit down and stitch!

So the result of three weeks of stitching is not much, and is all down to my ‘coffee cake and craft’ afternoon with friends! I have to say, this is the perfect project for such gatherings – it is very easy to stitch whilst chatting away, and doing the same stitch over and over again! It also helps with the ‘boredom’ I often feel of doing the same thing over and over.

So unfortunately, you may need to look very closely to see the progress on this piece this time round! Let’s hope next time there is a bit more to show!

Join the others!

Whilst I don’t have much to show you on my SAL project, I’m sure the other participants won’t disappoint! 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, Mary Margaret and Timothy. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to!


Avis
,ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

See you in three weeks for the next update on this blanket – and hopefully, a finished lamb!

Learn about how French knots are being used to create a great, tactile baby blanket!

34 Comments

  1. virtuosewadventures

    The little lamb is developing nicely, if not as quickly as you might prefer!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Rachel, I just haven’t had the time I had hoped for the last couple of weeks!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Avis. Little by little indeed!

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  2. underatopazsky

    French knots are perfect for working while chatting!

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    • Catherine

      They certainly are! I always get a lot more done whilst there than I do at home whilst I’m dithering about it!

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  3. claire93

    little lamb is looking fine to me . . . it’s impossible to find enough hours in the week to do everything we want to accomplish, so little and often is the way to go.

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    • Catherine

      Completely agree! I just wish the ideas would slow down rather than do the complete opposite!

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      • claire93

        lol well I’ve just discovered the joys of crochet, at the tender age of 53, and brain is already full of potential gifts I can crochet and bestow on my adult off-spring who usually have to bear the brunt of mother’s new foibles.

    • Catherine

      Thanks Fiona! And thanks for the link up 😊

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  4. daneesey

    I think your little lamb is taking shape quite nicely! I love working with French knots . . . and Colonial knots, too. Which are you using? Your flosses add great dimension to those woolly little bodies! 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks! I’m using French Knots for all the sheep. Mummy sheep had them worked with several wraps, but this time round they are the traditional French knot. It’s been a long time since I’ve used a colonial knot – I’ll have to look up how to do them again!

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  5. katechiconi

    I love the fact that the lamb is blonder than Mummy sheep, and because you’ve randomised the stitching, I think its coat is going to look much more variegated. Pretty good progress, given that you’ve been busy with other things!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks! I’m liking my approach to this one a lot more – live and learn! I think I’m just ready for this project to be finished….

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  6. marymargaretripley

    That is the most adorable project! I do not envy you the french knots though. I am not good at them at all! 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for the encouragement! Thankfully I do enjoy French Knots – just maybe not in this quantity!

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  7. stitchingranny

    Every stitch counts and a little progress is far better than no progress. You are young and busy with work and a social life, no one should expect hours of progress from you anyway. Just enjoy it after all that is why we have a hobby.

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    • Catherine

      Thank you for being so kind! I am definitely going with all progress is progress on this one – I’m just ready to move onto something else!

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  8. Dima

    You’ll get there 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Slowly but surely…. 😊

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  9. Gail

    I love your French knots on those sheep! Keep sewing.
    !

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Gail. They are coming along so that is positive!

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  10. Myth illogical

    That looks like a lot of work! But it seems to be well worth the effort as it’s coming along very nicely and looks like it will be very cute!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks! It is a lot of work, and not overly interesting doing the same thing over and over, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along!

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  11. lbick

    Your baby sheep is looking good. You are very brave to tackle so many French knots 😀

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    • Catherine

      Thanks. Brave is one word, silly is another! 😀

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      • lbick

        lol either works 😀

  12. Julie

    This is coming along slowly but surely. Sometimes a slower project is nice to come back to, especially if you are working on other things in between. Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for hosting and your encouragement Julie! I do like having something like this. It was beautiful and sunny the other day, so my hubby and I went for a walk with the dog to the park, and I just sat and stitched in the sun!

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  13. craftycreeky

    I love the way you’re stitching the fleece, the french knots look great 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks! It is definitely an effective technique to use for sheep’s wool 😊

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  14. marilyn1998

    Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Enjoy your week ahead.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks for hosting! I’m hoping to have something a little different to share this week!

      Reply

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