SAL Project Peacock and New Project Update

The last 3 weeks have gone by so fast and we have been so busy I only have worked on Salvador for a couple of hours. Sad I know but it is summer here in the US and busy is the name of the game for about another 2 months.  

I am slow finishing this project because all of the fun colors are done and I am left with the super light browns and creams and whites which are very unexciting.

I don’t know if you can see much of a difference but I did finish 3 more colors completely.  There is back stitching to do too.

Here is where I stopped 3 weeks ago:

And here is where I am today:

I have to admit I did start a new project and that took some of my SAL time.

I am learning to design my own cross-stitch designs and charts. For those of you that design your own I admire you greatly. It’s hard work and I have already modified and ripped a bunch of stitches out and restitched. It takes patience but I am loving it so far!

Here is a glimpse of what I have started to design:

It’s going to be an autumn tree with some sort of saying whether a Biblical quote or something else. Lots of red and orange and yellow leaves. I have already modified and ripped out the trunk once.

I have got to get a better chart drawn. When I asked the woman at Joanne Fabrics if they had any graph paper she had no clue what I was talking about. Sigh…

I can’t wait to keep going with both projects! Until next time… -MM

The members of the wonderful SAL group I am part of are doing some pretty spectacular projects. Click on the links of names below to visit their blogs and see what they are working on! 

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Timothy

Published by marymargaretripley

I am a professional Bakery Manager at a privately owned grocery store. I also owned my own bakery for over four years. I have been baking for 15+ years professionally. I also teach canning and preserving classes and have been gardening since I was 5 years old. I live in Western, NY with my husband, teenage son, Bernie the Cat and Muffins the Hamster.

18 thoughts on “SAL Project Peacock and New Project Update

  1. Hang in there Mary Margaret! It is hard when you have the least liked parts to do at the end! I finally started outlining as I go, because I hated it so much! I think your design had a great start. I’m wondering if you can just print some graph paper? I’m going to poke around, I know it is easy to find music staffs to print.

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    1. The tree that i drew was on a downloaded 18 count printable graph paper which was ok but it was so tiny that it was impossible to write any symbols in the squares. very frustrating. I was thinking of blowing it up on a copier and just taping multiple sheet together to get a big enough grid.

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      1. UFDA! I can see how having the matching size would be handy, but I think I would rather have a larger size to write on, as long as there are bolder lines every 10 squares….I think that would work for me, but then again, maybe not!

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  2. Not sure about the US but here in the UK you would be more libel to find it in a good quality stationers than in a craft shop. The only other option would be printing it off the computer but sometimes printing ink can be messy when you trying to colour over it.

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  3. Salvador is looking gorgeous and you’re very brave to be charting your own design ^^
    Here, the place to look for graph paper is in a stationary shop, since mmost school kids need that sort of thing for school.

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