SAL Update – Repeating linked chain stitch

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I’ve been busy working on my silk shading piece these past few weeks, so I’m afraid there isn’t a lot to share this check in. For the sake of consistency, there is a repeated stitch on the sampler this time – linked chain stitch. 

Progressing with the elephant sampler?

I admit, even I had to look back at the last photos to work out what I had achieved on this over the past three weeks! I have had every intention of doing this ‘little by little’ as my ‘fifteen minute’ project, but somehow that has just not happened. So don’t feel bad if you can’t see what has been done!

Linked Chain Stitch – Repeated

The last few times we’ve looked at this piece, we’ve spoken about ‘consistency’ in design and appearance. And in keeping with this, I decided I would go back to linked chain stitch, and complete the two lines that lead into the existing stitching in this stitch also. I’m still debating how to fill the half eggs that are in the centre of these two lines. And to be honest, I probably should have completed them first, but anyway!

And whilst I didn’t get as far as completing the edging this time round as I had hoped in our last check in, I really did appreciate all your comments and suggestions on which stitch to use to do this. I haven’t forgotten, and couching was by far the biggest winner! So a big thank you! You never know, maybe next time it will have been put into action.

What’s coming up on the blog?

It’s been a while since I’ve shown you my progress on my silk shading piece, so stay tuned for an update (and a pop of colour!) on that this week.

I’ve also designed a few little Christmas ornaments and I’m looking forward to doing some ‘festive and non serious’ stitching on those over the coming days, before getting back in full swing on the silk shading piece. I have a lot of homework to get through over the Christmas break, so there’s not much time for ‘other stitching’.

A few of you will know that I have a couple of ‘stitchy advent calendars’ this year. One from DeVerye Yarns in the UK, and one from Atelier 196 in Paris. In the break between Christmas and New Year I’ll be doing a little ‘review’ of these two ‘calorie free’ advent calendars so we have lots of time to think about it for next year!

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.

And as it is our last check-in before Christmas, I wish everyone in this SAL a lovely Christmas period with your family and friends.  I for one am quite excited as my Mum and Dad are visiting all the way from Australia!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, LindaMary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

30 Comments

  1. Margaret Creek

    Beautiful stitching as usual 🙂 I like the sound of a stitching Advent Calender!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Margaret. I’m really enjoying the stitching Advent Calendars. So much fun! And I’m not yet tempted to eat my husband’s chocolate one!

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  2. Kate Chiconi

    I’m looking forward to seeing the elephant revealed in all its glory. Can’t be long now, surely?

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kate, though that’s what I thought last check in! I’m hoping over Christmas to get him finished. There really isn’t much more to do!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Margaret!

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  3. Carole

    It’s coming on beautifully 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Carole 🙂

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  4. Kathy Reeves

    I too am anxious to see all of Mr. ELephant, he must be looking quite spectacular with all your hard work! The stitching advent calendar does sound very interesting, too! Enjoy your family over Christmas, and a wonderful, blessed New Year to you as well!

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    • Catherine

      I’m looking forward to seeing him out of the hoop too! I’ve not seen his face for some time.

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  5. Helen Rowen

    You have such a lot on the go that any progress is good and as long as you feel you have made some, what we can or cannot see is irrelevant really lol. I am longing to see a big picture of your elephant.

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    • Catherine

      I think everyone is wanting to see the whole elephant – hopefully next time!

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  6. Claire

    hope you have a fun Christmas!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Claire, same to you!

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  7. Avis

    I like all the stitches in this design and the thread colours are beautiful too.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Avis. It’s been a fun project to work on on and off over the past (couple of!) years.

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  8. Cindy

    I am always in awe when I go to your blog. I never could get into embroidery. I did start out doing it but when I discovered cross stitch I never looked back. I really enjoy seeing what you are working on.

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    • Catherine

      Oh thank you so much Cindy! That is incredibly wonderful to read that. I really do want to inspire people! I’m the opposite to you though – once I discovered embroidery I haven’t touched cross stitch! Though I still have one very old cross-stitch WIP that will have to make an appearance one day…

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  9. Magpie Sue

    I’m looking forward to seeing the stitching advent calendars. I’m sure it’s not a new idea but I don’t remember seeing anything like that in recent years. Also looking forward to seeing more work on the elephant. Good thing he’s patient! But first things first. Enjoy your time with your folks and have a happy holiday season!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Sue, and I hope you have a great holiday season too!
      This elephant is definitely winner of the patient award ☺️ I think part of me will be sorry to not have him to work on any more!
      I’ve not heard of stitching advent calendars before either. Like you, I’m sure they aren’t new as such But I’m loving them!

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  10. Anne Lawson

    You seem to feel that you haven’t done much, but I am astounded by all the stitching you are doing! Like the others I am looking forward to seeing the elephant in all its glory, and intrigued by the advent calendar. Enjoy Christmas with your Mum and Dad. They will be a very special Christmas gift for you.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Anne, stitching certainly takes up a lot of time, it is just which project it is!
      I wish you a lovely Christmas too.

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  11. Rachel

    Elephants are patient creatures, so I’m sure he won’t mind if progress is slow.

    Have a lovely Christmas with your folks!

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    • Catherine

      I was just watching a David Attenborough documentary on elephants last night, and the comment was made about how patient and intelligent they are!
      Happy Christmas to you too 😊

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  12. Gun Adrian

    Love the way you are using the different stitches on the elephant!!!!!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Gun. It’s a fun way to do a sampler!

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  13. wybrow1966

    Lovely work, and I am also enjoying watching your silk work progress. What stitch are the pink ‘v’ shapes sewn in?

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Deborah 🙂 Stay tuned for a silk shading update shortly. The pink ‘V’ are stitched in bonnet stitch in a perle 5 thread. You can read about that one in this post here. It was one of the earlier stitches!

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  14. Renee

    Your stitching is lovely! Enjoy your Advent Calendars! They sound much better than chocolate to me. 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Renee. I’m enjoying my little presents each day!

      Reply

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