A Group Stitch-a-long-the start of a gift

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A new project – but not the elephant! A ‘stitch-a-long’ gift for a friend

I know last time we checked in for our three weekly update, after finishing the baby blanket, I had said I would start back up with the elephant I started a while ago as part of the TAST Challenge of 2016. But if I’m completely honest, I haven’t even got the poor elephant out of the WIP box!

So what I thought I would share with you as part of this SAL update, was a little project I’m working on with a group of friends. We are all stitching a part of the piece, and then we will stitch all the quarters together to make a whole completed piece. So I am calling this a SAL for the SAL!

If you have been reading my SAL updates for any period of time, you will know that most of the stitching I achieve for the project I’m dedicating to this SAL is stitched with a group of friends. We meet up roughly once a month for a lovely morning or afternoon of crafting time. Sometimes we eat more cake and drink more coffee than we do craft, but that is all part of this little group! Sometimes cake, coffee and a chat is what we all need.

Sadly (though maybe not sadly for her), one of our number is moving away from the area at the end of summer. And because I have too many ideas than is good for me, I thought it would be a nice idea to make something for her as a leaving gift.

The other ladies agreed with me (at least I’m not the only crazy one!), and we decided on making her a wall hanging for her new home. We thought it would be nice to encompass our ‘Coffee Cake and Craft’ into the piece, whilst also incorporating other little elements into it.

Thoughts on a design

The lady leaving is a very good crocheter – there were days when the rest of us were doing more drinking and eating than anything else, and she would have made quite a lot of progress on her project! She also loves cats, hence the ‘cat theme’. Two of the ladies are cross-stitchers, we have one very proficient quilter, and then there is me. So a nice mix of crafts and skills!

So I came up with the following little design. There isn’t any cross stitch involved, but both ladies were eager to learn other stitches, and are working their way through whipped back stitch! I think everyone but the quilter is glad they aren’t working on that – so fiddly, and she did manage to get it all sorted a lot quicker than what the rest of us would have.

I didn’t think to take progress photos of what everyone achieved yesterday, so I’m afraid you will have to make do with your imagination for a part of it!

Sketching a design for an embroidered gift

We are using Renaissance Dying threadsย (I love how lovely and soft they are, and they have a nice range of ‘brighter’ threads which was what we wanted). In a bit of a stash busting exercise, we are using quilting fabric backed in calico (from possibly the most organised display of fabrics I have ever seen in my life!).

Once I get the squares back, I will stitch them together on the sewing machine (I’m reasonably certain stitching in a straight line will be ok!), and add in the final couple of touches. They have designated me as the best person to make a ball of wool – which I will need to think about! I’m thinking padded satin stitch, but it won’t be a true padded satin stitch, as I want to have different directions showing on top to give the impression of a ball of wool.

So something a little different today, but a stitch-a-long of a different kind!

A silhouetted cat for a simple but effective design on a hand embroidered gift

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.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Timothy

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update. And you never know, maybe even an elephant!

36 Comments

    • Catherine

      Thanks Alex. I like the idea of ‘different’ gifts!

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  1. Claire

    a lovely design for a cat lover ^^

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    • Catherine

      I thought it was quite appropriate!

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  2. Kathy reeves

    That is so cool. I think Imwould just attach a small ball of wool instead of trying to stitch one! But as I think about it, i notice that my pillow across the way has a very nice cross stitch ball on it. Send me an email, if you want it, and I send a picture of the chart.

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    • Catherine

      Oh thanks Kathy, that might be useful to get an idea at least! I was also thinking of a Pom Pom ball of wool ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Christina

    Sounds wonderful…especially the cake and coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Catherine

      Yes, the coffee and cake is much needed at times!

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  4. Margaret Creek

    What a lovely idea, I’m sure she’ll treasure it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Margaret- I’m sure it will bring back happy memories!

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  5. Julie

    Such a thoughtful gift idea, I bet your friend will love it. I can’t wait to see how the ball of wall turns out and the finished wall hanging too. Thanks for sharing with us at #HandmadeMonday

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Julie. I’ve got a few different ideas brewing for the ball of wool, so watch this space! Thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Carole

    That’s a great idea. What a lovely thing to have, to remind you of friends.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Carole, we thought it was a nice idea!

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  7. Kay

    Your cat is beautifully drawn, I’m sure she will love it

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kay. I’m hoping it will bring back happy memories!

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  8. Deborah

    Lovely idea, and love the cat design.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Deborah- lets hope I can pull it off!

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  9. Gun Adrian

    This is a very nice idea! Iยดm sure your friend will love it very much!!!!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Gun. I hope so!

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  10. Rachel

    What a lovely idea. You might find a bit of interweaving of woollen threads over a padded satin stitch base would make a good representation of a ball of wool…

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Rachel. I do like the idea if a raised ball, interweaving the threads is great idea! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. Dima

    It looks like a lovely project. You will have to share with us the result.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Dima. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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  12. Jessica Grimm

    Hmm, how about whipping a bead with wool? That would make a lovely ball of wool and it is easy to attach to the wall hanging. Love the whole project idea!

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    • Catherine

      I hadn’t thought of a bead, but that’s a great idea! I even have a few in my stash. A few ideas to try out! Thanks Jessica ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. CathieJ

    What a pretty design and such a nice idea. I am sure she will love this and remember all of you fondly when she sees it hanging in her new home.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathie. I’m sure she will as well, and we are having fun making it for her too

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  14. Christie

    Such a fun idea! What a cute cat design!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Christie! I think it’s quite cute too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Teresa

    I love cats too, and I think it will be a lovely gift. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week, and I hope you come back to share the updates. Pinned!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Teresa and thanks for hosting!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Roseann ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  16. Mary Margaret Ripley

    What a wonderful, fun, gift for her. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Mary Margaret. It’s really lovely stitching along with a group of friends on the one project.
      I’ve just published this SAL’s post, so you can see a bit more of it!

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