Cross Stitch, SAL

SAL – Bookshelf Cat – Happy dance !!!

I have a finish !!! I received « Frederik the Literate » (by Dimensions) on Christmas 2015 and as usual immediatly started it, before putting it away for 9 months due to having more important projects. From there I’d say I was officially stitching it on a period of a year and a half. // J’ai fini un projet ! J’ai recu « Frederik the Literate » (par Dimensions) Nowel 2015 et comme d’habitude je m’etais ruee dessus avant de le mettre de cote quelques semaines plus tard pdt 9 mois, parce que je voulait finir d’autres projets plus anciens. Je pense qu’officiellement je l’ai brode sur une periode de 1 an et demi.

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As this SAL motivated me to finish a UFO, I’ve decided to pick my next UFO on the list, long resented because the pattern is insanely difficult to read (especially with blurry pictures). Seasonal Dragons, Spring, by Patricia Allisson. // Etant donne que le SAL m’a motive a broder « Unfinished object » , j’ai decide d’en prendre un autre dans ma pile, que j’avais mis de cote parce que le modele que je metais photocopie etait illisible. Season Dragons, Spring de Patricia Allisson.

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The chart is quite complicated as ALL backstitch is drawn in black on the chart and the only indication of what is what colour requires some reading, and deciphering. « Use green *** for the leaves contours, and green *** on the borders » , borders of what ??? // Le modele est tres complique puisque tout le point arriere est dessine en noir, la seule indication pour la couleur a utiliser est ecrite ailleurs et il faut decrypter les instructions du style « Utiliser tel vert pour les feuilles, utiliser tel vert pour la bordure » La bordure de quoi ?

In order to make my life more simple I have scanned and reunited all pages into one to view on my tablet, as I usually miscount when changing pages, and I will also be reading and looking at the reference image to colour code my backstitch on the chart, so I never have to read those darn instructions again ! // J’ai scanne et reuni les pages en une a l’ordinateur pour lire sur ma tablet, puisque j’ai tendance a mal compter d’une page a l’autre, et je vais aussi changer la couleur des lignes du point arriere en analysant le modele et la photo reference.

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Here’s where I left it out of sheer frustration last time, in february 2016, almost 2 years after starting it (YES!!!). Ironically, I put it aside in 2014 because I was stitching it too quickly, and look what happened…. // Voila ou je m’etais arretee en fevrier 2016, presque 2 ans apres l’avoir commence (Oui…). Je l’avais mis de cote en 2014 parce que je trouvais que je le « brodais trop vite » et voila ou on en est…

Please visit the other participants blogs as they are making wonderful things, and if you want to join us, Avis is the one you want to talk to ! // N’hesitez surtout pas a rendre visite aux autres participants qui travaillent sur de magnifiques projets et si vous voulez vous joindre a nous, Avis est la personne a contacter (en anglais) !

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28 réflexions au sujet de “SAL – Bookshelf Cat – Happy dance !!!”

  1. Bonjour
    Ah, c’est super, ton chat de bibliothèque est terminé.
    Bon, le projet délaissé que tu vas reprendre est un sacré morceau avec toutes ces couleurs.
    Bon Courage pour la reprise de ce magnifique dragon. Et surtout, ne le lâche plus.
    Bon Dimanche déjà très chaud. Gros bisous.

    1. C’est un sacre morceau effectivement, mais j’ai fait pas mal cette semaine 🙂 je suis obligee de travailler a l’envers en faisant le point arriere en premier , puis poser une aiguille pour broder une feuille avec l’autre, et ainsi de suite. Merci beaucoup !!

  2. On a tous des projets longs laissés de côté …je me souviens de ton magnifique dragon !! Je suis contente de le revoir !! Allé courage tu vas y arriver….😊… bravo pour ton très beau chat on va essayer de ne pas le réveiller 😪 lol…..bisous bisous !!

  3. Congratulations on the finish! It looks fabulous. I hope you have a special place for it to be hung. Your next project sounds very frustrating, but it also sounds like you have a solution. Good luck! It is a lovely project.

    1. Thank you! For now it’s just going to sit inside a drawer like the rest, I don’t fancy framing anything ,too expensive, I just enjoy stitching 😀 – Yes the dragon is a little bit frustrating but I’ll power through, metallic threads, beads, labour intensive backstitching, you name it !

  4. I love that kitty in the books, congrats to you! This dragon looks amazing, I hope that the new prep work you’ve done with your tablet makes for a much more enjoyable stitching experience.

    1. Thank you 🙂 – Yes , I reckon I’m also more comfortable with it than I was 4 years ago, I just have to stitch with two needles to switch between crosses and back stitch for the border.

  5. Congratulations on a beautiful finish. Will you get it framed?
    Love the dragon project but it’s so frustrating when the instructions are difficult. It’s not hard to do them properly, so I don’t know why some companies don’t. The one that I’m doing at the moment has the backstitch on separate pages so it doesn’t obscure the symbols for the cross stitch. So much easier, and the instructions are clear too. Hope you manage ok with the dragon. It sounds like you have a good plan for it 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 Am pretty proud of this one. Framing is unlikely, however I might get tempted to make it into a cushion cover, I’m not sure how fast cross stitch cushions get damaged however… – Indeed the instructions for the dragon are a huge mess but I’m getting the hang of it. Like you I prefer having a separate chart for the backstitch, which is what I do with my own charts for easy readability. I’ll manage don’t worry 😀 , it’s about having fun at the end of the day

  6. What a fabulous finish! That’s one WIP done and dusted 🙂 The dragon looks very complicated but I’m sure you’ll relish the challenge and make great progress with your three weekly updates. Did you know the cross stitched cat design is only part of a much bigger picture called Cats in Book Stacks Charles Wysocki? Fancy doing the other bits?

  7. old Frederick looks very happy there, asleep on the bookshelf. Well done!
    As for dragon . . . all I can say is, you do tend to like intricate . . . and you can’t say this design doesn’t fit the bill.

  8. Bravo pour le chat de bibliothèque, c’est une magnifique broderie !
    Bon courage pour le dragon, c’est aussi une très belle broderie à réaliser. Bonne continuation !

  9. Congrats on the finish! This UFO Project is so cute! I really love the borders. I’m sure with the motivation of this group you’ll be done in no time! Great idea scanning it into your computer.

    1. I simply HAVE to finish it, my mom bought the supplies for my 20th birthday and it has so many beads, metallic threads and other that it would just be a waste if I didn’t finish it. i have sussed the border however, kind of. Planning on focusing on it as much as I can cause if I go back on the dragon I’ll get it done in no time, and then left with the boring stuff….

  10. That dragon project is exactly why I hate charts with symbols instead of colours. Colours I can interpret quickly and make decisions if I want to change things, but with symbols I have to check and read, check and read. You’ve made a good start, so hopefully it won’t be put away again. And Frederik is lovely, a great finish!

    1. To be honest with you, some colours are really close to each other even when on the aida, so symbols it is 😛 – The main problem is the backstitch not being clearly colour coded. To keep track of my colours and symbols I make my own thread cards where I write down all the symbols and attach a few strands of each colour. When I run out I go back to the skein to cut some more. And Thank you 😀

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