Wednesday, 30 December 2020

2020/2021 NYE Mystery SAL - Part 1

Welcome to the first part of the NYE Mystery SAL! I hope you are ready for the mayhem that's to follow! I'm sure you are just as ready as I am to say goodbye to 2020 and what better way to do it than while stitching?! If you are new to the high speed mystery SALs that I host then I suggest having a look at the **Mystery SAL Tips** before starting just to help you start right. If you are only just finding this SAL, you can find the information post here.
Being the spoilsport I am, I won't be sharing any pictures on this blog till the next part so that the first time you see what the next part looks like is when you open the pattern PDF. This means that you won't see a picture of part one till I post part two.
This is what I'll be stitching with. The fabric is Jodyri Designs 18ct opal Aida “Emerald Forest” and I'm using the following Jodyri Designs threads: Vanilla Cake, St. Clements, Carnelian Quartz, and Red Dawn. The linked threads are regular line threads and the other two are Limited Editions.
Here is mine all set for part one! In case you are wondering why I do the backstitched outlines first: it helps me with placement of the stitches (as long as I remember to skip the first stitch next to the outline) and it means that I don't have to do it afterwards as it's not my favourite part of stitching.

Don't forget to mark your embroidery in some way, so you know what the right way up is before stitching! Many people (that includes me!) have managed to turn their embroidery 90 degrees between stitching sessions and had to rip before continuing.

DET stands for DMC √Čtoile — when making the palette for √Čtoile in PCStitch I wasn't allowed to re-use DMC as a code, so I had to pick something else.

Colours used this time:
  • Colour B (DMC 809 on the pattern)
  • Colour D (DMC 820 on the pattern)
Number of stitches:
  • 48 — in Colour B
  • 20 — in Colour D
For a total of 68 stitches for this part.

You can find the pattern here. Please count carefully — you don't want to make a mistake today.

See you for the next part of the mystery in 4 hours!

I do not expect anyone to be able to be up to date at all times during the SAL — you need to eat and sleep at the very least so expect to be “behind” part — if not all — of the time! It's part of the nature of this type of SAL for this to happen, so being “behind” is the normal state of affairs. If you are a slow stitcher expect to finish “after” the SAL has “finished” — though TBH the SAL is always available, and new people find the patterns on a regular basis, so it's never really over.

On all social media sites the tag to use is: #NYEMysterySAL — let's make the world see what we are up to!

PS: Don't forget you can ask all your questions in the comments below and there is a Facebook group to share your stitching results etc. which you can find here.

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