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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hello again,

I just wanted to add two more update pictures from Anne.  She is really moving along and is way ahead of the stitching schedule.  Here are the pictures:

Great job Anne!

I would like to mention, Anne expressed concern over the bright color of the peacocks.  As I stated earlier in the SAL, dye lots of hand dyed silks can vary considerably.  If you feel that a color is too bright, or too light, or whatever, feel free to change it to something you like better.  There are no hard and fast rules for the colors used in any sampler, and I encourage you to use your own color sense if you don't like what I've chosen.  That will release the designer in you!

Yours in friendship and stitches,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hello fellow stitchers,

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter.  The stitching schedule for April is going to be the upper right quadrant of the sampler:
You will note that I’ve added a few motifs from the body of the sampler, i.e., the peacock, apple tree, hearts and crown. You will stitch these on both the right and left quadrant of the sampler. I’ve also included the queen stitched grape cluster/strawberry centered above the carnation motif. If you are current with the schedule, you will have already stitched the center carnation motif but, if not, stitch that now as well. Stitch everything in the illustration above (if you didn’t already stitch the upper case alphabet, you can stitch it now). NOTE: the Eyelet in the right corner border of the floral border is stitched using Belle Soie "Chester’s Blue". As indicated in last month’s schedule, I’ve left out the interior of the lozenges, as they are over one and can be quite tedious. In future schedules, we will intersperse the over one stitching and the house stitching with other elements of the sampler interior so that you don’t get too bored or overwhelmed with the redundant stitching areas.

If you did not complete March’s schedule, you can incorporate that into this month’s schedule. Attached to this schedule are several shots of progress photos from SAL participants. Great job! As always, if you have any questions of comments, you can contact me at

Thanks again for your participation in this SAL and have a very happy spring!
Yours in stitches,

P.S.  Here are update pictures from two of our SAL members:
Anne's progress:

Kay's progress:
Congratulations ladies and thanks for sharing your pictures.  Looking very, very good!