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

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After an inadvertent miss last SAL check in with a few things going on in ‘life’, I’m pleased to say that I am back this check-in, and I’ve even managed some stitching!

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, HeidiJackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Connie , Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and Sharon.

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

25 Comments

  1. Great to have you back Catherine and so happy that you are now more settled! The view looks amazing.

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    • Thanks Deborah! Now it’s time to start stitching!

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  2. I love your new view, no wonder your creativity is flowing again and lovely to see how your project is progressing. Jenny x

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    • Thanks Jenny! It’s a nice feeling after feeling not much like stitching or being creative for a while.

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  3. I could sit and stare from your doorway all day! So pleased to hear you can now settle back into creativity again. Looks fabulous so far 🙂

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    • Thanks Avis – yes it is a lovely view, we are very lucky!

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  4. 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.

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    • 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’.

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  5. For some reason all the pictures would not load for me.

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    • 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

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      • Thanks Sharon – it is a nice piece, and something very different to what I normally do. A nice ‘easy’ stitching piece 🙂

  6. Your view in your new home is beautiful! I hope you are feeling all settled in. And your stitching progress is lovely!

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    • Thanks Renee. Let’s hope there is more progress next time!

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  7. What a lovely view you have. No wonder your stitching mojo is back 🙂

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    • Thanks Carol. It is certainly helping I’m sure!

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  8. 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.

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    • It’s been a hassle to be sure, but I think in the end it will all be worth it.

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  9. Great to see your embroidery growing again! It´s looking so good!

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  10. Good to know you are now settled. What a cracker of a view!

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    • Thanks Rachel. It’s nice to finally feel settled again! Life may resume to ‘normal’ – whatever that means!

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  11. Great work I especially like the flowers on this one.

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    • Thanks Helen. I’m quite pleased with the flowers myself 🙂

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  12. 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.

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  13. That’s some view all right! Well worth the move, I’d say! For what it’s worth, I like the way the leaves look, at least in the photos. Carry on!

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