Last month, I decided to participate in my first SAL. That's fancy insider cross-stitcher speak for a stitch-along. It's also my first time stitching up a design from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery exness trading. The Frosted Pumpkin is definitely a new exciting force in the cross-stitch world. Their designs are cutesy but not TOO much so (as I'm not very into cutesy, personally) and heavily influenced by the Japanese kawaii style. Surprise! Kawaii is Japanese for CUTE!
As I love to travel, the "Let's Go on an Adventure" stitch along seemed perfect for me but I wasn't sure of the 1 year commitment. So I let 3 months go by to get a better sense of what I'd be stitching. That's right, you can still join. You'll just have to catch up a bit. Here's how it works...
When you sign up, you get a pattern with ALL the details. What fabric to use, what floss. And remember, you won't be able to SEE the whole pattern so it's best to use their recommendations or take your own risk. For example, I chose a much lighter fabric than is recommended. And now my whites aren't showing up and may need some outlining in the future exness trade. Not a disaster...but be prepared!
So I received a pattern that was the basic outline for the piece. Borders and the phrase "Let's go on an adventure." On the first of every month, an updated pattern is mailed out and you get to "visit" a new country. January - London, February - Paris, March - The Netherlands, April - Switzerland and I have yet to start on May's installment so I'll leave it a mystery for now. Each month is a perfect little project. Not too big and not too small!
We have a selection of Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery patterns available right in our store. However, Stitch Along projects are only available online directly from them. You pay a one time price and the pattern is automatically delivered to your email inbox every month! Feel free to join along with me by buying the pattern here. Yes, It's now May but you can easily catch up! We carry all the DMC threads you need and also have a range of Aida and linen in many counts. I've done mine on linen but you can easily stick to 14 count Aida. You can also stitch along with others online by joining The Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-along Facebook group. Just request to join and share your progress. Many other stitchers are adding their own touches and modifications to the pattern so it's a great place to get some inspiration and make this project your own.