It's been a month - 'Let's Relax' with another SAL!

by Kate Anderson on Apr 27, 2021

It's been a month - 'Let's Relax' with another SAL!

Wait a sec - this doesn't look like cross-stitch!

That's because it isn't! Hot off the heels of my first stitch-along, I decided to continue the trend and try my hand at another embroidery pattern, releasing it as another stitch-along!

What is a "stitch-along"?

In case you don't know the term "stitch-along" (or SAL for short), it means a group of people follow along a creator with producing a finished 'stitch' (whether that's needlepoint, knitting, crochet, etc - anything with "stitches").
The creator of the pattern will basically live-stitch a piece while people who have purchased the pattern, their own materials and tools, create the same piece in their own space, in their own time at their own leisure. They can decide to join the live streaming or (in my case, not every case though) can catch a pre-recorded version of the stream after the fact.

How can I join the SAL?

It's easy! I will be streaming myself creating this pattern [again!]; "Let's Relax" from the very beginning of preparing your fabric to the end, by finishing your hoop (and everything in between, obviously!). It will be streamed through my Instagram account starting this coming Monday; May 3rd, 2021 at 2pm PDT. Click here to find this in your local time!

The live sessions will run that week and I don't expect we will need more than 3 days. 4 if I get asked lots of questions or my kids interrupt me constantly - hah!

Do I need an Instagram account to join in?

Yes; if you wish to join live, Instagram will require you to create/log in to an account for you to be able to watch live. It's silly; but I guess they want to be able to track accounts and curate feeds and such, and not have "wandering" accounts or whatnot. I don't pretend to understand, I just know you will need it to join live.

If that doesn't work for you, I will be uploading the live session videos after they've happened to my YouTube account, so go subscribe over there to see when they pop up!

I want to join but I can't make it live!

That's no problem! After the stream is done, I will be uploading the session to my Instagram channel. That way you can use the "series" feature through the native Instagram phone app and stay on top of where you last left off!
So you can check it out at your own leisure, or even go back and watch it again!

The finished look of the Let's Relax pattern
Isn't it adorable?

Will there be closed captions?

Unfortunately, Instagram doesn't natively include live closed captions with their streams. However, as mentioned, I will be uploading the sessions to my YouTube channel, that way you can use either the captions that it auto-generates or (if it lets me), the captions I've entered. Just remember though! I am Australian, so I am unsure how well the auto-captions will hold up deciphering my accent. It might be rather amusing.

You can always ask me questions if it does mis-translate what I've said ❤️️.

What else?

I can't wait to see your work-in-progress for this too, so don't forget to use the hashtag #tlksal so I can see!

Do you have any questions or concerns that I haven't covered here? Please comment below if so and I'll do my best to answer! Either way though, I look forward to doing this adorable little pattern once again and with you all. It ought to be fun!

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In a previous life (AKA: pre-kids), I was a web des/dev & photographer who loved to dabble in numerous arts and crafts. Now, I'm a cross-stitch & embroidery pattern designer and full-time mum to Charlie & Alex, with adult-diagnosed ADHD. Closet nerd, self-proclaimed hermit and professional procrastinator. I have a secret crush on modern architecture, brush calligraphy, sweets, pretty nails and pastel colours.