Linen and Threads SAL 2018

March is almost over, and so is the March section of my Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler SAL. The section has a border around it, but I decided to play the waiting game and see what April brings, and then choose whether I want the border or not. If I end up keeping the border, I think I might go for the same long-armed cross stitch that I used for the February border. If I don’t keep the border, I’ll add some regular cross stitches along the vertical edges.

L&T SAL - March finish
L&T SAL – March finish

Figuring out the colors for this section was pretty difficult. I’d wanted to use my main color for the dragons, and splash around other colors for the remaining items, but I had a hard time deciding on the secondary colors. I actually colored in the chart to see how various combinations appear, but I didn’t like any of them. Finally, I even tried to change the colors of the dragons, but honestly, that looked even more horrible to me. πŸ™‚

Eventually, I had enough of the agonizing planning, and decided to just make the dragons first and think about the other colors later. And in the end, discarding color after color, most of the section ended up in the main color. Surprisingly, I’m not too disappointed. πŸ˜‰

Speckled Sun

The most time I spent was on the Sun. I tried using the pink for it, but it was too overwhelming. I then used a yellow which was too underwhelming. I definitely wasn’t going to shop for a skein that’s exactly the right shade of yellow/orange, so I tried out something else and liked it – making the first set of half stitches in pink, and overlaying them with the other set of half stitches in yellow. It gives a somewhat speckled appearance to the Sun but not in an attention-grabbing way, and I like this look better than if it were a solid shade.

Now to see what April will look like, and figure out how to finish the March edge!

18 thoughts on “Linen and Threads SAL 2018

    1. Thank you, Tony! I think I actually breathed a sigh of relief when I finally felt that this section didn’t turn out all too bad. Hope next month is easier when it comes to color selection. ☺

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  1. I am loving this (and collecting months for later stitching). I hope you end up really pleased with your color choices when you’re done, because they’re beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for the support, Maia! πŸ™‚ I think I might end up more happy than unhappy when I’m done. When it comes to long term projects that have the time to grow on you, the seemingly bad stuff starts looking insignificant after a while. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Kat! Constantly having to look up the pattern is the only patience-wearing aspect of this one. Wish I could use some augmented vision tech to overlay the pattern on my stitching. πŸ˜†

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  2. Your piece is looking beautiful!! I can’t wait to see what you have decided about the border now that the April section is out. I have hit so many road blocks on this SAL since November. But I am happy to say that I have finally started it this week and I am finally loving my selections. I will be posting on my blog soon πŸ˜‰ I love what you did with the sun. So pretty. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! And yay you finally started! The two bands in the SAL might help you in catching up quickly. πŸ™‚ I’m really looking forward to your updates – I know your selections will be just awesome. πŸ™‚

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