Returning to the SAL – An Anne’s Orchard Clutch Update

Firstly, I’m sorry I missed the last check in!

Life has been a little chaotic over the past couple of months. We have however now moved, and despite a lot of work and an ongoing legal case (which sums it all up!), we are now successfully ‘moved’. You would have thought moving across Sydney would be easier than moving across the globe, but there you have it!

I’m also pleased to say that I think my ‘creative juices’ have started to flow again! I will write more in another post, but we are now somewhere where we are both much happier, have space, and I can already feel the creativity starting to flow again. 

Just to give you a hint, this is my view that I had whilst I stitched today. And with the doors wide open, it was almost like stitching outside!

Stitching with a view with Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

And now for my update!

You will pleased to see that despite my last few updates being nothing, I have actually managed to achieve something this time on my version of ‘Anne’s Orchard Clutch‘.

Whilst not a lot of progress to be sure, it is something. And at this point, I’m happy for just some stitches to have been put it!

I decided to work on the ‘leaves’. I also decided to break the ‘rules’. Why and how you ask? Well the how is that I have stitched them using satin stitch. But I didn’t put in a split stitch line to begin with!

Why you ask? I’ve always been so adamant about the importance of this. It was mostly, a test for myself, to see how this fabric would respond. It’s a denim type fabric, and I’ve noticed that the usual ‘rules’ don’t seem to really apply to this fabric. So I decided to see what would happen if I didn’t put in that split stitch line to begin with. And the result? Whilst you can definitely tell it hasn’t had the stabilising line stitched in, I actually don’t think it’s that bad. So I will be leaving it in!

And the second ‘why’ is because I had heard that traditionally, crewel work didn’t have a split stitch line. This piece is a far cry from traditional crewel work, but it did still raise my curiosity.

Detail of progress on Anne’s Orchard clutch stitched by Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

And a progress picture

I also decided to move the frame around a bit, so you can see the more ‘bigger picture’. It also highlights the need for a bit of a wash once all done.

The leaves I have just stitched have also been stitched with a different ‘tip’. I actually don’t think I like any of the variations, so once the rest is complete I will make a decision on how to proceed with them.

Update on progress of Anne’s Orchard clutch Stitched by Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

And now it’s time to 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.

CindyHelenLinda, HeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMegan, Deborah, Connie
 ClareMary MargaretRenee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and Sharon.

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

33 thoughts on “Returning to the SAL – An Anne’s Orchard Clutch Update”

  1. Love your view, glad life is settling down a bit now, sounds to have been a pretty stressful few months! Lovely to see your progress, this piece always looks so elegant.

    1. It hasn’t been an easy few months, but it’s nice things are getting back to normal. And our new furniture arrives this weekend, so I think we will then able to say we are ‘moved’.

    1. Ok, I redid and the pictures loaded for me. The view is amazing…I am big fan of crewel work and this is a beautiful piece. Excited to see the finished work ~ Sharon

  2. What a hassle the last few months have been for you! That view is fine compensation. I am glad that you are settled and back to sewing.

  3. Catherine, wow! You’ve made so much progress on this. I always admire your embroidery skills — seeing your work makes me look at every piece of fabric and wondering how I could embellish it. Your new view is glorious and I’m glad that you’re feeling more settled.

  4. Hi! Sorry if I could not comment on your work,leave you a greeting, in the past few weeks.Due to a violent storm,my internet connection has failed and in addition to damaging the computer has created damage to the central cabin of the network.I hope you will excuse me .It’s very nice job!

    1. Hi Carmela! You certainly don’t need to apologise! I’m sorry to hear of all your recent troubles, I hope you are safe – that is the most important thing. I have been having my own problems, but not due to anything as dramatic as you, more just the need to buy a new computer!

  5. Glad you are now settled and with a beautiful view to boot. Nice to see you stitching again and whats more its nice to hear you are enjoying it again.

    1. Thanks Helen, it’s so nice to feel ‘at home’. I’ve also managed to get ‘my space’ completely organised and it’s so wonderful to stitch in!

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