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!
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.
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.
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.
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Connie , Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and Sharon.
See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.