Thursday, January 16, 2014

SAL Crazy!

    I joined Facebook in the fall and have been overwhelmed with the number of needlework groups and SALs available there.  I never thought of myself as a joiner,  preferring instead to do my own thing with my stitching and working on pieces that caught my eye at the time.  I don't know if this is a change in me or if I just didn't know myself as well as I thought I did  but I have now joined 5 SALs hosted by various groups on Facebook!!
   I have started some new pieces within those groups so I guess there is some enabling going on  but  I'm hoping to finish some of my UFOs in  a couple of them too.  Several of these started the beginning of the year.  Within the confines of Sampler World I'm working on the Snooty Parrots Sal and have completed the assignment for January.  It is stitched on 40 ct. Lakeside Vintage Exemplar with GAST.

Then, I am also working on the Quaker Medallion SAL and have now completed the January assignment for this piece as well.  It is stitched on 40 ct. Lakeside Meadow Rue with my conversion from DMC to GAST.

The third SAL is Dorothy Walpole.  Since I was ahead of the schedule on that one, from the Scarlet Letter SAL, (yes, I guess you could call it Double Dipping!!) I haven't worked on her yet but here is a pic of where I left off the last time she saw the light of day.

Wow, I didn't realize how long it had been since I worked on her!!  I makes me glad to have her back in a rotation again. I would really like to get this one finished this year.
  The other 2 SALs I've joined haven't started yet.  One begins on February 1st and the other doesn't start until March so I will post about those when the time is closer.  I my defense, I would like to add that I only joined these last 2 because I have projects already started for each of them and I'm hoping the SAL will motivate me to get them finished!!
    So that brings us to AW 1662.  I was reading the Scarlet Letter Year blog the other day and I saw a post by someone who is working on this one too.  She had just finished my favorite band and it really got me motivated to get back to work on mine.  This is a pic of where I left off:

And this is where it is now:

I am currently working on the top edge of the checkerboard band (my favorite) and I hope to be able to make some real progress on it this weekend.  It is the January weekend for IHSW and I would love to just sit and stitch for the long weekend but my son will be here and I don't know how much time I will be able to spend on needlework.  You want to spend time with the family when you can!!
   Well, that's about all for now.  Hope you all have a good long weekend of stitching!!


  1. They are all wonderful samplers! What a fantastic group of projects with beautiful stitching. Can't wait to see your progress.

  2. Wow, you will have a busy and fun year! I am also working on many of the same SALs. Love your AW. It was after seeing Wilma's recent progress on the SLY blog that made me place the order and now seeing yours too I am very excited to get my chart in the mail! :) We will all have fun working on the SALs this coming year. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Your WIPs are great samplers. I will enjoy watching your progress!

  4. I caught the SAL bug, as well!!! LOL! I'm really enjoying it. Your pieces are just beautiful!

  5. I love SALs too, they are so motivating. I have restrained myself from joining FB because I don't want to spend more time on the computer but have heard about all the SALs going bon there. Sounds very tempting, lol.
    Great WIPs you are working on!

  6. Had to stop by to see your Snooty Parrot. Looks good! I stitched Quaker Medallion a few years ago; it's a lovely design. Have not stitched Dorothy Walpole though. Your stitching is lovely, Laura!


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