A Sheep Update – one lamb has almost appeared!

It's time for another check on our SAL projects - see how the little lamb is coming along!
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


Not a lot of progress had been made in the previous three weeks check in – it was a real case of ‘spot the difference!

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!


It is a bit of stretch to say ‘three weeks of stitching’ – as I admit, I didn’t put a single stitch in until Avis reminded us of the check in this weekend!

I didn’t have an excuse of not meeting up with my stitching buddies either – we did meet up, I just choose to work on the turtle with the materials from the Delectable Morsel’s club!

But after stitching on my canvaswork piece at the RSN on Friday, I still wanted to stitch, just not at the slate frame, I decided it was a good opportunity to put in a few French knots. And I have to admit, I was a little bit amazed at how quickly it grew when I just sat down to do it! Lesson learned there. So whilst I didn’t quite get the little lamb finished, he (or she!), is getting very close, and a short stitching session should see it finished. Then there is just one more to do!

Join the others!

We are a rather large group encouraging each other in this wonderful stitch along, so do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to, and will be settling in with a cup of tea to see everyone’s wonderful creations!

,ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

See you in three weeks for the next update on this blanket. I actually am starting to believe the end is in sight!

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


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31 thoughts on “A Sheep Update – one lamb has almost appeared!”

    1. Definitely not just you! I felt so guilty last time at hardly doing anything on this project I thought I should lift my game!
      Despite it not being the most exciting thing to do over and over, it certainly is effective!

    1. Yes, it’s amazing what one dedicated stitching session can achieve! There is one more lamb left. I did consider changing it for a tree, but I think that would throw the whole piece off so I’ll push through all those French Knots!

    1. Thanks Avis. I so busy with my Certificate pieces everything else goes in the back burner. Though I’m very appreciative of that whatever the reason, this project is finally moving along!

    1. Thanks Carole. My RSN piece up takes up a lot of time, so it’s hard to fit other pieces in when I’m juggling a few projects with self imposed deadlines!

  1. That lamb is almost ready for shearing, lots of nice thick fleece! And you really do have a lot of other projects on, so I wouldn’t feel too badly about spreading your attention about 🙂

    1. Thanks Kate. I’m getting excited about the prospect of this one getting ready for a face, and only having one more to do. Despite the monotony, it is a nice project!

    1. So many – you are right about that one! There is one more to go after this one. But I’m hoping that will be easier to find the motivation as it is the last one!

  2. I’m not surprised the turtle blindsided you – that looked like fun! But it is always valuable to have a project for when you simply want to stitch, rather than thinking and planning about your stitching..

    1. Absolutely on both fronts! The turtle was fun, and was a good little project to just ‘play’, something I don’t think I’ve ever done before. But I was very glad to have this no thinking required project to pick up on Friday night!

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