Thursday, 28 November 2019

Seasons SAL - Announcement Post

I wanted to do a SAL that was easy for many people to keep up with while still having a bit of fun and my fiancé suggested doing a Seasons SAL - while I've not done it exactly the way he was thinking of (a larger pattern spread over three months), it was a great idea and this is what I have planned for it: I will give a pattern at the beginning of the month four times a year. You will get a winter, spring, summer, and autumn pattern.

What:

  • This is a SAL to make four 50 x 50 embroideries.
  • Each pattern is 50 stitches square.
  • The patterns can contain any of the following and more: whole cross stitches, backstitch, French knots, and stitches that are based on a series of straight stitches. 
  • There will be four patterns that are given once every three months. 

 Where: 

  • All patterns are posted here on my blog.
  • There is a Facebook group to share progress and talk about the project here.

When:

  • Patterns will be given on the first of the month every three months - there is a "calendar" in the side bar so you can see the exact dates.
  • I will start on the 1st of January 2020.

Fabric:

  • I have rounded up the numbers to the nearest 1/4 inch working from the actual size of the stitching to make sure you have enough fabric. 
  • Fabric amounts are given based on stitching over one bunch of Aida or over two threads of evenweave. 
  • Fabric amounts are given working on the basis that you will stitch the pattern only
  • If you decide to stitch over one you will of course need less fabric. 
  • I have given 3 inches / 7.62 cm of fabric on each side for finishing (for cm it's converted from inches). 
  • If you wish to calculate the fabric for yourself based on your plans or with less finishing space then this is a helpful tool.
Size in inches per embroidery:
  • For 14ct Aida/28ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 3.6 inches square.
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 9 3/4 inches square.
  • For 16ct Aida/32ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 3.1 inches square. .
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 9 1/4 inches square.
  • For 18ct Aida/36ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 2.8 inches square.
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 9 inches square.
  • For 20ct Aida/40ct evenweave.
    • The pattern is 2.5 inches square.
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 8 1/2 inches square.
Size in cm per embroidery:
  • For 14ct Aida/28ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 9.14 cm square.
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 25 cm square.
  • For 16ct Aida/32ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 7.88 cm square.
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 24 cm square.
  • For 18ct Aida/36ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 7.12 cm square.
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 23 cm square.
  • For 20ct Aida/40ct evenweave.
    • The pattern is 6.36 cm square
    • It requires a piece of fabric that is 22 cm square.

Floss:

  • Floss is calculated based on using two strands over one (or two for evenweave). 
  • Skein amount is given for DMC floss which has six strands and eight metres long - if you use another brand you may need more floss. 
  • Because each pattern is different in floss requirements I am can't give floss requirements up front.
I hope you are as excited as I am to do this SAL - it will be easy to keep up with due to its small size and infrequent patterns which will mean you could do this alongside another SAL or large project. I hope to see many of you in the fb group as well as here! If you have any questions please do ask! Either here or in the fb group works (a mention will help me see the fb post!) and I'll answer ASAP!

I'll be back tomorrow for a Friday Freebie and Saturday for the very last SAL announcement post! 

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