Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Peppermint Purple 2023 Blackwork SAL - Week 4

 It's hard to believe the final weekly release for January of the 2023 Blackwork SAL hosted by Clare of Peppermint Purple has been release already, but it's true. Does anyone other than me feel like January has absolutely flown by? It seems like it was New Year's Eve just last week, not nearly a month ago. Perhaps it's just another sign I'm getting older. LOL

One of the things I've come to love about this particular SAL is how quickly each of the weekly filler boxes can be stitched. I downloaded this week's release before I started working for the day this morning and was able to stitch the block during my lunch break with even a few minutes to spare.

This photo shows the center portion of the design with weekly filler boxes 1-4 and the interior cross stitch border completed. I've actually started working on the exterior cross stitch border as well, but it's not visible in the photo.

As a reminder, I'm stitching this piece two over two on 32 ct white Jobelan fabric using DMC 823, 3810, and 4030. The 823 is used for the navy backstitch and cross stitch borders. The 3810 is used for the weekly filler blackwork, and the 4030 is used for the variegated cross stitch motifs. There are free layouts for this SAL, but I purchased one of the four optional companion packs. The layout I'm using is companion pack 3, border 4 (shown below). The numbers in the diagram indicate which weekly filler goes into each box.


Since each weekly box on the SAL is fairly small (17x17), I'll probably just post monthly blog updates for this piece. If you want to see weekly updates, you'll be able to find those on my Instagram account

Monday, January 23, 2023

Temperature Quaker - Week 3

It's time for another weekly update on my 2023 Temperature Quaker project. The design is from Sarah Hughes, also known as Stitchin' Mommy. Sunday's update included putting in the little blocks of color for January 15-21. Our temperatures were pretty consistent here last week, so I only had to use two colors for this update.


I'm stitching my version on 32 ct. white Jobelan using the "hot" temperature ranges included in the chart. I'm using the recommended DMC colors for each range as well. For reference, here's a photo of what the chart model looks like.

Since there are only 10 days remaining in January, I will probably skip posting an update next Monday. Instead, I will likely wait and just post my next update on Wednesday, February 1 to show my completed motif for the month of January. 

It's almost time for the WIPocalypse update for January. I'm planning to get that drafted up this week to post next Sunday (January 29), so be sure to come back by for that if you're interested.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Temperature Quaker - Week 2

One of my on-going projects for 2023 the Temperature Quaker design from Sarah Hughes, also known as Stitchin' Mommy. Rather than stitching it on a daily basis, I've made it a weekly project. Each Sunday I'll add the stitches for the previous Sunday through Saturday. Here is my update for Week 2, so I've now got January days 1-14 stitched.


I'm stitching my version on 32 ct. white Jobelan using the "hot" temperature ranges included in the chart. I'm using the recommended DMC colors for each range as well. For reference, here's a photo of what the chart model looks like.

I'll be back again next week with my Week 3 update.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Peppermint Purple 2023 Blackwork SAL

I need another large SAL like I need a hole in my head, but here I am anyway. LOL I've been intrigued by the yearly blackwork SAL hosted by Clare of Peppermint Purple, but I've never joined in because I've never done any blackwork. After seeing one of the layout options for the 2023 SAL on Friday, I decided to join in because I loved it so much! 

Here's the layout I've chosen.

As you might deduce from the layout, this is a year long SAL with a new filler block released each Wednesday. The basic SAL is free which includes two layout options. There are also four optional companion packs available for purchase, each of which contains four additional layout options. The layout I've chosen is companion pack 3 border 4.

Here are the colors I've chosen to use for this project.

I'll be using the 823 for the backstitch and cross stitch borders. I'll be using the 3810 for all of the weekly blackwork fillers in the 52 weekly boxes. Finally, I'll be using the 4030 (DMC Variations - Monet's Garden) for the cross stitch motif borders.

I initially planned to stitch this piece on some 40 ct white Verdal evenweave fabric. After doing a bit of test stitching using the week one filler pattern, I decided that just wasn't going to work. It was too small to really see the details of the blackwork. I regrouped and decided to go with a piece of 32 ct white Jobelan evenweave instead. I'm stitching over two fabric threads using one strand for the backstitch/blackwork and two strands for the cross stitch.

The photo above is of my day one progress on Saturday. I'm really pleased with how much progress I made since this is my very first blackwork project! I put in the center navy borders as well as the filler stitches for weeks one and two. After that, I moved out and started working on the interior cross stitch motif border. I'll continue to work on putting in borders until the week three filler is released on Wednesday, January 18. Or, I might decide to stitch on something else. Who knows?! LOL

Friday, January 13, 2023

Cliffside Stitches Cross Stitch Tiles SAL

I don't think I've shared about this project on my blog yet (other than putting it on my WIPocalypse plans post), so I figured now would be a good time to talk about it. My very last start of 2022 happened around 10pm on New Year's Eve. As I was waiting for the ball to drop on 2023, I figured I would get in one more new start for the old year. The project I chose was the free Cross-Stitch Tiles SAL (stitch-a-long) from Cliffside Stitches. She also has a free Egyptian Blackwork Tiles SAL running concurrently with the cross-stitch version.

In both cases, this is a mystery SAL with a new tile being released each Saturday (US time). The final design will consist of 36 tiles plus a border. It can further be customized through three different templates with different small borders around the tiles themselves. I've opted for the medium template which is just a simple backstitch border around each tile. 

Since I didn't start until New Year's Eve, I'm several weeks behind on mine. This release coming tomorrow (Jan. 14, 2023) will be Tile 17. As you can see from my progress photo above, I'm only up to Tile 3 so far. That being said, I think I've made good progress for only having worked on this project for a total of 13 days and have even squeezed a start & finish on the January block of A Year at Hawk Run Hollow in there, too!

As I mentioned, this is a mystery SAL, so we don't know what the final design is going to look like other than there will be 36 tiles and the border. Here's a peek at the model from Cliffside Stitches showing blocks 1-15 which have all been released already. 

My version looks slightly different than the model, and I'm not just talking about the colors (more on that in a bit). There are actually three different templates which can be used with different borders for the tiles. The model is shown using the Full Template which includes a full cross border around each tile. I'm using the Medium Template which has a backstitch border around each tile. Finally, there is the Open Template which has no border around the tiles. Since the stitch count will change depending upon which tile border is used, each template also includes a slightly different outer border as well as other optional borders. Even beyond just the borders, there are several ways to customize this tile sampler to make it unique.

As for the colors I chose for my version, this bedding ensemble was my inspiration. I love the mix of the navy, aqua, and coral. Once I get my SAL piece finished, I might have to buy this bedding so I can hang my framed SAL in my bedroom. LOL

I ended up deciding to go with the lighter orange color from the comforter and pillow rather than the brighter coral. I just like the way it looked with the navy and aquas better when I was buying my threads. These are the colors I ended up going with for my project. I think they're a really nice combination from the inspiration photo.

Choosing colors for this type of project always puts me in a bit of a panic. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I'm always worried I won't pick the "perfect" color combination. I have to say, I'm super pleased with my color choices for this design. I really love how they look together. For those who might be wondering, I'm stitching mine two strands over two fabric threads on 32 ct. white Jobelan evenweave fabric.

The final tile for this SAL will be released on Saturday, 27 May 2023 which happens to be Memorial Day weekend here in the United States. Since I didn't start mine until Week 14 of the 36 week SAL, I'm not sure if I can get caught up to finish it by the end of May. As much fun as I've had stitching on it this week though, it might happen! Time will tell. :) 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Temperature Quaker - Week 1

One of my on-going projects for 2023 is stitching the Temperature Quaker design from Sarah Hughes, also known as Stitchin' Mommy. Rather than stitching on this design on a daily basis, I'm making it a weekend project. My plan is to stitch each week's temperatures on Sunday. Since January 1 fell on a Sunday this year, I held off and started stitching on it January 8 instead and stitched days 1-8.

I'm stitching my version on 32 ct. white Jobelan using the "hot" temperature ranges included in the chart. I'm using the recommended DMC colors for each range as well. For reference, here's a photo of what the chart model looks like.

I'll be back again next week with another update.

Monday, January 9, 2023

First Start & Finish of 2023

As you may remember from my recent 2022 Recap & 2023 Plans post, I selected A Year at Hawk Run Hollow as my new start for the new year. I'm stitching the blocks as individual pieces instead of one large piece. So, after one week of stitching, my first new start for the year is also my first finish of the year.

I'm stitching all of the squares on 40 ct Light Mocha (a.k.a. Mushroom) linen from Zweigart. I'm stitching them one strand over two linen threads using the DMC conversion from the chart.