Monday, December 12, 2016

SAL mania!

I have never been a big fan of SALs, as I tend to be a "moody" stitcher; that is, I work on whichever design I am in the mood to work on on any given day. But the three that I'm currently working on (and actually keeping up with, even more surprisingly!) have small enough parts that it is much easier to stay current; once I fall behind I tend to put the whole project away and forget about it.

The first one I started was Tempting Tangles' Welcome SAL, which has now released seven parts; the next part will take us to the halfway point:

The second one that called to me was Ship's Manor's Beautiful Sea SAL. I tried to resist this one, but after seeing the first couple of parts I caved in and signed up, and I'm glad I did because I really like it. It has now had five parts released:

The last one to join the line-up was Kitty & Me Designs' Never Ending Sampler SAL, which called to me because I love to play with colors and specialty stitches. This one is now up to six bands, with the next one coming out soon:

Pam Kellogg, who is offering this SAL for no charge, has a Go Fund Me page set up for her husband's cancer treatment. It would be nice if people who are enjoying the SAL could donate even $5 or $10 towards Scott's treatment. There are currently 216 members in the FB group, and this doesn't include those stitchers who aren't on FB; that would add up pretty quickly.

In other stitchy news, I finally started on my first Nora Corbett model this past Saturday, and made good progress over the weekend while watching season 2 of Poldark. I put off starting this for a few days after I was ready because I was actually kind of scared! I know it's silly, but I feel like my work is not going to be good enough for the designer who has been my absolute favorite for over 20 years. I feel better now that I have jumped in and started, and hopefully will get positive feedback when I send them in.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!


  1. I'm sure you can do it. your work is lovely.

  2. Beautiful work! Your Never Ending Sampler is looking gorgeous. I'm not on Facebook, but I love your idea of every stitcher who is enjoying this SAL contributing to Pam's Go Fund Me campaign. I couldn't stitch this wonderful project in good conscience until I helped out. :O)

  3. Beautiful stitching and progress Melanie.


  4. Very beautiful progresses
    Happy xxx
    Ciao Giovanna

  5. Congrats on keeping up with 3 SAL's!!
    They are all pretty.
    I'm sure your mode stitching is beautiful.

  6. It's not silly and I'm sure your models will be loved! Your stitching is so gorgeous how could they not?! I'm finishing my first Nora as we speak (Bewitching Pixies Raven) and I've had a lot of fun with it.

    Beautiful progress!

  7. I'm sure your Nora Corbett is gorgeous! Your SAL pieces are both lovely and have nice calming colours.
    Good luck with your 2017 stitching!

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