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Part 1A of #ZoeSAL is now out!

If you’d like to join us along this stitching adventure, membership is available HERE.

Model stitched on Manuscript evenweave (Lakeside Needlecraft exclusive):

Model stitched by Shazie on Platinum linen (Zweigart):


15th April – Part 1A

It’s so good to be able to finally stitch the first stitches of a new SAL, isn’t it!

Here is some advice for this first part:

  • TOP TIP 1 – do you use the loop method to start a new section of crosses or a new colour? If not, give it a try! It’s particularly helpful for small areas like the small clusters of 3 green stitches we have to stitch here.
  • TOP TIP 2 – for the same reason, you may also want to check out this technique to end a lone stitch (or 3!)
  • TOP TIP 3 – Part 1 isn’t fully encased into a stitched outline – to help you count and see where the left limit is, you may want to baste a quick running stitch to the left of the area you’re working on (see picture below). I would strongly recommend using a light colour thread for this – it won’t show as well as a dark colour, but it is much less likely to leave a trace once you remove it!
ZoeSAL - Faby Reilly Designs

Happy stitching !!

Faby  xx

20th March – Getting Ready

You’ve joined #ZoeSAL? Brilliant! So pleased you’re taking part 🙂

You’ve got a bit of time to get your supplies organised, then. They’re all listed in the Welcome Booklet along with loads of other useful content. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, here’s what you can do while we’re waiting for the 15th April to get fully started:

  • TOP TIP 1get your fabric ready, and place it onto your choice of stitching frame (here’s a good tip on how to attach your fabric to your roller frame, if that’s what you’re using)
  • TOP TIP 2 – start stitching the outlines of section 1 (here’s another useful tip on how to do this to save yourself a lot of heartache!)
  • TOP TIP 3 – specifically for this SAL: as you’ll see from the Welcome booklet, some of the outlined areas are touching. That’s because they will both be stitched, and folded back to created a double sided section. So when you stitch your backstitch outline, stitch the markers along the outside of each section, but NOT along the backstitch that runs across a section:
  • TOP TIP 4 – You may also notice from these photos that I only stitched a marker every 10 stitches, rather than every 5 stitches, as mentioned on the tutorial – that’s because this outline is quite large (200 stitches wide!), so I got a little lazy 😉 A marker every 10 stitches will do very nicely for this project.

Happy stitching !!

Faby  xx

8 Responses

  1. kkloose@gmail.com
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    My first SAL!

    • Faby Reilly
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      Oh excellent! I’m really pleased, no honoured (!), that your first SAL is one of mine 🙂 Hope you really enjoy it!!

  2. barbarastitcher
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    Oooo, looks so pretty! And will learn something new – to make a box! Excited!

    • Faby Reilly
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      Wonderful – so pleased you like the look of the tiny preview 🙂 !

  3. Carole Benson
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    Can’t wait. This will be my first Box. 😘😍😘

    • Faby Reilly
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      Yay!! Fabulous! Hope you enjoy it Carole 🙂 !!

  4. Shazie
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    I can’t wait to get started on mine.

    • Faby Reilly
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      Hope you have a fun time stitching it, Shazie 🙂 !! xx

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