SAL: Christmas Greetings

Time again for the SAL 3 week update. At our last posting I had finished ‘Wild Flower Jar’ but did not post what I would be working on next. Scanning ebay and amazon I settled on my next project, a Christmas in July pick.

It’s a kit by Joy Sunday from amazon. Titled The Skating Santa Claus, I will be calling it ‘Christmas Greetings’

It’s an interesting kit. I have never worked a kit with the pre-colored stitching directions. I admit I was a bit shaken when it arrived and I opened it. Was it because it was something new, was it too challenging, or was it that it’s actually pretty darn simple to follow? Notice it says ‘Ecology cotton floss’ on the above photo.

The 14 ct aida cloth came with the edging bound – that was nice. Once I began the kit, I discovered the cotton ecology floss seems cheap and low quality. With my small start to this project I can already tell it will be a challenge to work with. The floss splits and tangles easily. I toyed with the idea of changing out the floss but decided to keep going. I really loved the design but I am sitting in the fence with this.

I also bought a second kit. I am not the best online shopper – This kit was also by Joy Sunday and is exactly the same. It arrived just a few days ago. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I am sure I was drawn to the whimsie ness of these kits. We’ll see how this first one proceeds before deciding if I will be working the owls or these become Goodwill items.

This SAL is organized by Avis. Below is the list of fellow SAL members. Everyone is working on different projects and live in many different time zones and around the world. So check back often. Our next posting will be August 15th.



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.

26 thoughts on “SAL: Christmas Greetings

  1. claire93 July 25, 2021 / 3:27 pm

    that looks like a fun design.
    As for made in China kits – I’ve never bought any. Prices are always so low that I’m suspicious of quality ^^

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    • Sharon July 25, 2021 / 3:44 pm

      It’s for sure I did not shop responsibly this time 😦


  2. Lindashee July 25, 2021 / 3:39 pm

    Those are very pretty designs but I got a big bundle of threads for one of my birthdays which were unbranded and while I’m not usually an advocate of paying more for brands if unbranded is just as good… those threads were an absolute nightmare. The ones I had also ripped and thinned out, they were very lumpy/uneven and not shiny like DMC/Anchor threads. They couldn’t handle going through the needle and the fabric as many times as DMC and the final result was quite disappointing. Depending on how much you got these for, maybe you can keep the chart and start over with quality threads, or else I might advise passing them on indeed 😀

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    • Sharon July 25, 2021 / 3:47 pm

      Everything you wrote is so right on. I already thinking I may just try swapping out for the good ol’ DMC threads before I go any further. Thanks for the encouragement.


  3. Cathie J July 25, 2021 / 4:33 pm

    I would swap out the floss. That Santa pattern is so adorable.

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    • Sharon July 25, 2021 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you Cathie ~ that’s exactly what I have decided to do 🙂


  4. Sewing Beside the Sea July 25, 2021 / 7:41 pm

    It’s so disappointing when a kit isn’t up to standard. What is the point of thread you can’t stitch with? You’d probably also find the dyes would bleed if you decided to wash your project so you’ve made the right decision to swap for better floss.

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    • Sharon July 26, 2021 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks Avis for your thoughts. I hadn’t thought of bleeding…good point. I have already begun matching colors 🙂

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  5. rutigt July 26, 2021 / 7:21 am

    I´d swap the floss, because both Santa and the owls are too cute not to be perfectly done!

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    • Sharon July 26, 2021 / 1:37 pm

      You’re so right, it was the design I fell in love with that had me overlooking some of the information before purchasing. Swapping floss!

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  6. stitchingranny July 26, 2021 / 7:28 am

    Swap, Yes Swap. This is such a pretty design Sharon and you will only end up disappointed if you carry on with the cheap thread. So swap now and have something you will be proud to finish xx

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    • Sharon July 26, 2021 / 1:38 pm

      Yes ~ I am swapping 🙂 This is too cute not to do it right


  7. kathyreeves July 26, 2021 / 1:32 pm

    Swap the floss, you’ll enjoy stitching instead of fighting with it! I have actually never had a kit, can you believe it?! My first cross stitch came out of a pattern booklet, and then I subscribed to a magazine, and I’ve still got a long list of projects I want to stitch, I think I must be weird!

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    • Sharon July 26, 2021 / 1:42 pm

      wow thats funny not weird because I have never done a cross stitch your way ~ we sure are a consistent pair 🙂

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  8. Deb July 26, 2021 / 4:28 pm

    I can see why you fell in love with these kits! Their so cute… swap that yarn ,throw the other stuff out that’s my vote too.😀

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    • Sharon July 26, 2021 / 4:32 pm

      The votes are in and the swap is in progress 🙂


  9. Texas Quilter July 26, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    I bought one from Joy from Amazon – I returned it! They are from China and horrible thread and fabric. Amazon is good for returns if it is fulfilled by Amazon. Hugs

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    • Sharon July 27, 2021 / 2:08 pm

      Hi Nanette – I hadn’t read the details wooed by the cute pictures. Never again. I have swapped out the threads now and will continue on. The fabric is ok but…. I have returned at amazon they are a good place to return too


      • Texas Quilter July 27, 2021 / 2:14 pm

        When I wanted to do cross stitch I first went to Amazon. I found out that Joy was China and go to another on line store. They have things on sale all the time and are a good source. Shame that everything is from China. Have a great day – I am going to work on a post – YEA. Have a lot to show. Hugs

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  10. craftycreeky July 26, 2021 / 9:19 pm

    I would swop the floss too, they’re cute designs but I must admit I’ve rarely heard a good review of Joy Sunday kits, both re quality and that many of their kits are apparently unofficial copies

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    • Sharon July 27, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      I have never never bought these Joy Sunday kits and never again. Now reading ‘unofficial copies’ very interesting. I have swapped out the floss now and will continue on with this one. Thank you for the information

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  11. Susan Nixon July 27, 2021 / 12:50 am

    Both look great. I love the idea of Santa taking a little time out for a short skate to relax those delivery muscles!

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  12. Carole July 28, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    It’s a lovely design, but what a shame about the threads. I’m so glad you’ve decided to swap them. It’ll be much better with good quality threads.

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    • Sharon July 28, 2021 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you Carole for the encouragement. I have already restarted with the new thread and it is working sooooo much easier 🙂

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