A Group Stitch-a-long-the start of a gift
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!
We are using Renaissance Dying threads (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!
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.
See you in three weeks for the next SAL update. And you never know, maybe even an elephant!