Plans for 2015

We are nearly through the first week of November and the end of the year is creeping closer. We still need to make it through Christmas and all that surrounds it (and my American friends still have Thanksgiving to survive too), but there is no denying that 2015 will be here before you know it. And, as we all know, I love to plan. Which means it is now time to discuss our 2015 SAL.

I ran a poll throughout the month of October asking what you all were interested in stitching for next year’s SAL. Here is how the votes broke down:

2015pollresultsSo, by a small margin, Smalls win for next year. That is good news for the ornaments voters too, since ornaments absolutely count as smalls! As for those of you interested in a finishing SAL, I propose posting a finishing tutorial every other month (hey, I know my limitations), and possibly doing some sort of round-up or check-in post on the alternate months for finished pieces. What do you all think? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below or to email me.

So, what will the rules be for the 2015 Smalls SAL? Super simple: stitch a small in a month (approx. 50 x 50 stitches, but you decide what is small to you), post a picture on your blog, and then come here and post your link on my check-in post. Just like this year, there will be a draw at the end of the year, and every check-in gets you one entry. I’ll also be sticking to the final Wednesday of the month as the check-in day.

I will be posting the official rules, sign-up form, email reminder form, sidebar graphic, and all that other fun stuff in about two weeks. By then I hope to be able to share what I plan to stitch next year. You may remember that 2012 was dedicated to one ornament from each of the then published Just Cross Stitch ornament issues, 2013 was the year of Dragon Dream ornaments, and 2014 has been the year of Teresa Wentzler smalls. I won’t deviate too far from my past themes for next year, and maybe I’ll offer a couple of bonus points to anyone who can guess what I plan to stitch. šŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’d love to hear from all of you about how you feel about the plans for 2015. I hope you all join in, for all 12 months, or for just one or two. All of us stitching together is lots of fun, and sharing our smalls provides encouragement and motivation. And, goodness knows, I can use all the encouragement and motivation I can get!

 

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19 Responses to Plans for 2015

  1. Dima says:

    I won’t be participating this year (I usually prefer stitching bigger projects) but I will be looking forward to seeing what everyone will stitch šŸ™‚

  2. Heather says:

    I’m not much into smalls but it will be fun seeing your progress!

  3. Christine says:

    Not sure if I’ll participate or not. I want to finish The Castle before I start on anything else.

  4. Kate Lantry says:

    Sounds good to me šŸ™‚ Count me in for next year’s Smalls SAL; hopefully I can complete more than I did this year. I’m a slow stitcher, so there’s only a marginal difference between a small and a mini for me. Thanks for hosting the SAL again šŸ™‚

  5. Shari says:

    I think this just wonderful…I started out strong in 2014…and somehow fell off over the year. I certainly tried to join far too many things. I love the idea of smalls though and will try to pick up again. I’d love to learn to do some ornaments as well. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  6. Susan says:

    Thank you for hosting again next year. As I tend to stitch larger projects, participating in the SAL has allowed me to have fun new starts and also finishes!

  7. Joanne P says:

    A pie chart! I do love a statistical graphic!

    I am definitely in for next year and my guess is going to be Hallowe’en ornies from JCS. Because that’s what im going to be stitching

  8. Linda says:

    Count me in. I will be stitching the smalls. I am not a finisher yet, so I wouldn’t participate in that part or do we have to.

    Linda

  9. Anna says:

    I’m in for smalls, and I really like the idea of finishing. I think finishing was one of my goals for this year, but I can’t say I did much on that! Cheers.

  10. Angela Ng says:

    Happy to see the results… Yay!!! Will continue to join in the fun.. šŸ™‚

  11. Suz says:

    A pie chart! so fancy! šŸ˜‰

    I won’t take place in the smalls SAL (I do like watching SALs, I’m just a commitment-phobe and when I do smalls is just so erratic), but I’m excited for the finishes tutorials. I was one that voted for finishes because I just need to do something with all of the pieces I have.

  12. Kim says:

    Love the smalls again! Count me in.

  13. Emma says:

    Oh I love a good pie chart!

    Hooray! I am glad it will be smalls again, although I think next year the majority of mine will be ornaments šŸ˜€

    I am hoping to do better in 2015, I think I only managed 3 check ins this year šŸ™

  14. Gwen says:

    I am looking forward to stitching some more Smalls next year. The finishing is also welcome, maybe I can reduce my to-be-finished pile.

  15. Ann Christie says:

    I will be participating again this year, and thanks again Heather for hosting. My stitching projects started out great in 2014, but I haven’t continued very well. Hoping to do better in 2015. I love the idea of finishing as well, this might motivate me to finish some ornaments from many years. šŸ™
    Happy Stitching!

  16. Maggie says:

    Hi, I’m so glad i found your blog, i have been thinking about what to stitch next year and had already decided that small things would be good, I have a plan in mind already but i would love to join in your Smalls SAL šŸ™‚
    I struggle with finishing so will look forward to your tutorials šŸ™‚

    I have added your blog to my list.

    Maggie x

  17. apxstitch says:

    This sounds like fun, just might join in!

  18. Nathaly says:

    I love it!! I would participate in the next SAL 2015 .. the ornaments sounds great .. kisses from Peru .. šŸ™‚

  19. Nathaly says:

    I love it!! I would participate in the next SAL 2015 ..  the ornaments sounds great .. kisses from Peru .. šŸ™‚