SAL: Trick Or Treat Update

Here we are at the end of another year and another three week check in on our project. I have continued working pretty steadily even with other holiday projects needing completion. ‘Perry’ has been my faithful companion as I work. Setting the time each day has really been helpful in getting this project worked on.

You may remember my last posting with the start of trick or treaters walking down the street. It certainly seemed odd to me. At first glance I realized my choice of aida cloth color was wrong. The white simply was lost. In fact after a good start I was disappointed with the over all choice from the get go. But that was behind me. Now what the heck was wrong with these kids out for treats besides the white thread being lost?

Of course, I had skipped a step, the row of homes came first. So out came the stitches, thankfully not too many of them and I started on the houses.

Here is where I am now. Much better πŸ™‚

I need one more home, I need to add some more greenery (shrubs), perhaps a tree between the orange and red house or another home. I was thinking a bat and I’ll be ready to start on the kids. I was also thinking about putting this project into a ‘tea’ bath when I am done to darken the cloth. I am just feeling as this progresses that the cloth is all wrong. It should be dark and gloomy/spooky. Does anyone have any thoughts on that or an idea what I could use or do?

The year has come to an end. Our three week check ins have helped make this year seem to go by so quickly. Good riddens to 2020, I am not sad to see you end. I have accomplished so much with the encouragement of the group. It’s been so much fun to follow you all. You’ve not only encouraged me but inspired me.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 17th January 2021.

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About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

22 thoughts on “SAL: Trick Or Treat Update

  1. claire93 December 27, 2020 / 4:04 pm

    this project is really keeping you on your toes ^^ and looking lovely!

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  2. gingerninjacrafts December 27, 2020 / 4:57 pm

    It’s looking great, I’ve never done any tea staining of fabric but I’m sure someone will have the answers! Here’s to a better year in 2021 and thanks for all the SAL fun this year, Jenny xx

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    • Sharon December 27, 2020 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you Jenny. Hoping for some great ideas and I am sure I will get them. It sure has been fun this year in our SAL world πŸ™‚

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  3. Sewing Beside the Sea December 27, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    Every time you show this I keep seeing new things that I missed last time. This time it was the leaves falling from the trees. It’s looking great!

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    • Sharon December 27, 2020 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you Avis. I love those little leaves πŸ™‚

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    • Sharon December 27, 2020 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you. Its a favorite of my brother, I just may surprise him with this as a gift πŸ™‚


  4. Deb December 27, 2020 / 8:52 pm

    I don’t have any ideas , a.though if the background was a little darker your ghost who is dancing with its pail so secretly would show up a little more. Love the falling leaves.

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    • Sharon December 27, 2020 / 9:42 pm

      Hope someone has a clue on what I can do with this πŸ™‚

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  5. magpiesue December 27, 2020 / 8:59 pm

    Oh how frustrating to realize you skipped an entire row! At least you caught it early on. If you dip the whole thing in tea you’ll darken the stitches as well as the background. That might not be an improvement. You may be able to sponge-dye the background with a tea bag. That way you could darken specific areas and not others as much. Other than that I have no suggestions. It’s such a cute project, it’s a shame you’re having so much trouble with it.

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    • Sharon December 27, 2020 / 9:45 pm

      I thought of that too, it would darken everything and thats not the effect I want. The sponge dye method might work. Having never done this before I am going to have to really go slow and careful with this idea πŸ™‚


  6. kathyreeves December 27, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    What about β€œpainting” on some navy blue RIT dye, so you can control it? It it works, you could always either unpick the ghost or stitch over the top of him. I don’t know if it would work, but I bet the RIT website might have some creative techniques that could help you.

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    • Sharon December 27, 2020 / 9:46 pm

      Thats a great idea. Will have to take a look on their web site. Thank you Kathy πŸ™‚

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  7. Laura White December 28, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    I’ve never tea dyed a piece, but I worry your threads would darken too.

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    • Sharon December 28, 2020 / 2:56 pm

      You’re so right and I hadn’t thought that far head. Kathy had an idea to sponge blot areas…still up in the air on what i will do


    • Sharon December 28, 2020 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you Nanette – you made me smile. I don’t feel that way but I sure appreciate you saying that.


  8. rutigt December 29, 2020 / 10:10 am

    Great progress in spite you have to rip some stitches off πŸ™‚

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    • Sharon December 29, 2020 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you – I feel really positive about my progress this posting πŸ™‚

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  9. Carole December 30, 2020 / 9:39 am

    Those little houses are fab! Hope you find a solution to the colour issue πŸ™‚

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    • Sharon December 30, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you – no solution yet πŸ™‚


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