It’s hard to believe another three weeks has absolutely flown by, and it’s time for another SAL update!
After saying over the past few updates that ‘next time’ I would share the progress on the elephant, I thought it was probably time to at least have a look at him and make some decisions on how to finish him off.
The Elephant from TAST
Since it has been quite a while since we’ve seen the elephant, I thought a little bit of background might be a nice place to start.
This little elephant, in essence, is a sampler I started back in 2016. Sharon from Pintangle runs TAST, Take A Stitch Tuesday. It’s a great way to get introduced to new stitches, as she really does have some very unusual stitches in her library as well as the more commonly known ones.
I wasn’t keen on doing a traditional sampler. The idea of an image that I could use to sample stitches appealed to me a lot more.
The basic design of the elephant is from the adult colouring book by Millie Marotta, her Animal Kingdom book.
When I stopped working on the TAST stitches (I can’t actually remember why, but I imagine it was due to a lack of time!), this is what the ornately decorated elephant was looking like.
Having a fresh pair of eyes on a piece is often a good idea. Even if it is your own eyes looking at something after a period of time!
Generally speaking, I don’t think it’s too bad to be honest! There’s some tension issues on a number of stitches, and some stitches where I don’t think I stitched them correctly. As a piece that was designed to help me learn new stitches and improve my stitching, I think it definitely helped in both of those areas. Whereas now I would probably pull some of these stitches out and re-stitch them, I’m not going to do that here. It’s all part of the journey!
One of the problems I recall having with this piece is ‘fitting in’ the various stitches as they came up on TAST. In standard samplers this isn’t a problem, as you aren’t working to a particular design. But when you have design lines to fill, it does become little tricky!
With a look back at it, I can see some areas where a simple stitch like chain stitch or stem stitch would work best. But I will look through the TAST archives and try and find a few ‘interesting’ stitches to fill in some of the areas. There’s a lot going on already on this elephant, so it will be a balancing act to get it finished, and also keep it within the ‘style’ that this piece is!
If you have any ideas on how to fill or outline some of these areas, do let me know! Next time, I’ll have looked into some of these stitches and come up with some solutions I hope.
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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.