Ship’s Manor Through the Window SAL is 12 parts plus a border. A unique view “through the window” with a monthly pattern section released. The stitch count for this one is 148 × 191. The pattern for this stitch-a-long is $14 and available at http://www.shipsmanor.com/through-the-window-sal/, where you can also purchase the beautiful hand dyed fabric in a variety of styles if you’d like to use the color Erik created for the SAL.
Connie Gee Designs TWO YEAR Backstitch Design SAL Yes, you read that correctly, this SAL spans 2018 and 2019 with 25 design sections plus a border. The stitch count for this project is 135 x 135.
This is a FREE stitch-a-long to participate in. You’ll find all the details and pattern downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2018-2019-sal.html
Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads The 2017 mystery sampler was such a huge success that they’re doing a new one this year. This is a large project with the stitch count at 209 wide x 478 high. They announced in the SAL’s Facebook group that the overall theme for the 2018 design is Medieval menagerie. The SAL is FREE to participate in and all of your pattern and download information can be found at http://linenandthreads.com/mystery-sampler-stitch-a-long
Guardians of Notre Dame Mystery SAL from Ingleside Imaginarium Last year they did a beautiful birthstone dragon SAL. This year’s design is sure to be stunning when complete, I am really looking forward to seeing it come together and reveal the sections. The pattern is 165 x 163 stitch count and will be released one section per month. The pattern is $18 and can be ordered via the Ingleside Imaginarium Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/576654449/guardians-of-notre-dame-mystery-stitch
Ann Niven 1804 SAL from Ship’s Manor is a historical reproduction sampler from 1804 being released in five parts. The stitch count is approximately 290 x 356. The pattern does include specialty stitches, but Erik is also providing cross stitch only alternatives for those parts if you’re not comfortable with the eyelets or if you prefer to stitch on aida fabric instead of evenweave. The pattern is $12 and there are thread packs available if you’d like some of Erik’s hand-dyed silks (which I highly recommend). You’ll find all of the details about this sampler at http://www.shipsmanor.com/ann-niven-1804-sal/
Beverages SAL from KLT Charting featuring 12 parts and finishing up in July 2018. The overall stitch count for this project is 178 x 244. The PDF version of the pattern is £9 and can be ordered at KLT Charting http://www.kltcharting.co.uk/2018-beverages-sal-5710-p.asp (There are print versions available for an additional charge if you prefer.)
Enjoy the Ride Fair Themed SAL from Caterpillar Cross Stitch is an eight part mystery stitch-a-long project that finishes up in August 2018. The overall stitch count is 131 x 174. The pattern is £11.80 and can be ordered from the website https://www.caterpillarcrossstitch.com/products/enjoytheride-sal There are also kits available for this one if you prefer to order your supplies and pattern all at one time.
Seasons Change SAL from Carolyn Manning Designs is a year long SAL that will turn out to have four mandala patterns within it, one for each season. The stitch count for the full project of all four mandalas together is 197 x 197 (quarter that off if you want to stitch them separately) The pattern is $16 and you can find all of the information on the CM Designs website http://www.carolynmanningdesigns.com/stitch-along/The-Seasons-Change-Stitch-Along/
Swans and Shears Mystery SAL from Tempting Tangles is sure to be a fun one. Quaker style design has traditional medallions plus will reveal hidden scissors and swans throughout the design. The overall design stitch count is 176 x 148 and will be released in 16 parts. The cost of the pattern is $5 and can be purchased through the Tempting Tangles Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/580789583/swans-and-shears-mystery-sal-quaker
My Own Sweet Home Mystery SAL from Tempting Tangles is a Valentine themed piece with a heart shaped bungalow house. The overall stitch count is 132 x 132 and will be released in 16 parts. The cost of the pattern is $5 and can be purchased in the Tempting Tangles Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/578973899/my-own-sweet-home-mystery-sal-valentine
Into the Jungle SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is sure to be packed with cuteness and fun. Overall project size is 131 x 191 stitch count. The pattern only option is $18.95 and can be purchased through their website with kit options also available if you prefer to buy all the supplies and fabric https://www.thefrostedpumpkinstitchery.com/collections/clubs/products/into-the-jungle-pdf-cross-stitch-pattern
Seasonal Streets from Lakeside Needlecraft Stitch count for this project is 143 x 191. The pattern is £15.99 and there are fabric and thread packs available on the website if you prefer to order all of your fabric and supplies at once https://www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk/seasonal-streets-pdf-chart-and-kit-options-20053-p.asp
Buds in Bloom SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft started in December with some lovely poinsettias and will end just before April begins. It’s never too late to join and started. The stitch count is 170 x 60 and the pattern is £9.99 (fabric and kit options available) https://www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk/buds-in-bloom-sal-399-c.asp
Dogs and Cats Through Time from Lakeside Needlecraft is actually two SALs. You can purchase the patterns for both together for £27.99 or individually for £15.99 each. The stitch count for each SAL is 190 x 160. Fabric and floss packs are available as well. You’ll find the information for these at https://www.lakesideneedlecraft.co.uk/cats-through-timedogs-through-time-sal-416-c.asp
A Year of Animal Fun from Tiny Modernist includes a sectioned border so that you can stitch the entire year’s patterns together or individually. The overall stitch count is 181 x 209 for the full project. The pattern is $30 and the details can be found at https://www.tinymodernist.com/collections/stitch-a-longs/products/2018-yearlong-stitch-a-long
Birds & Flowers Biscornu of the Month from Tiny Modernist is a new seasonally themed biscornu pattern each month. This is really more of a subscription than it is a stitch-a-long, but does have a similar overall community feeling.
It’s $44 for all 12 patterns https://www.tinymodernist.com/collections/biscornu-of-the-month/products/2018-biscornu-of-the-month-club
Sunbonnet Sues & Hes from Lesley Teare is just too cute. The full project with the borders is 121 x 157 stitch count.
You’ll find the patterns for this FREE monthly SAL both on Lesley’s blog and in her the private SAL Facebook group that she’s set up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/322109094855799/
Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL from Magical Quilts and is going to be another big sampler, with the overall stitch count at 143 x 502, being created from weavers draft patterns found on the Antique Pattern Library that are being converted into cross stitch patterns. This SAL is FREE to participate in, you’ll find the patterns on the blog each Wednesday (weekly release!) https://magicalquilts.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-new-big-project-2018-weavers.html
Class Schedule Harry Potter Themed SAL from Armada Designs has me fan-girl swooning over here. Each block of the 192 x 279 stitch count sized design will feature a subject from everyone’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry. There are several options, you can get just the pattern for $12 or you can choose fabric and kit options if you’d like. There’s even a custom needleminder you can order! https://armadadesignsstitchery.com/collections/class-schedule-sal
Mini Mandala per Month Blackwork SAL from Brodeuse Bressane can be stitched all together as a sampler with 12 parts or each month’s mandala can be stitched separately. They’d make lovely ornaments at 40 x 40 stitch count for each mandala. You’ll find all of the details on this FREE stitch-a-long project at https://brodeuse-bressane.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
Modern Folk Embroidery A Primitive Quaker Year Mystery SAL will be released as one part per month throughout the year. The overall design is a big one, with stitch count at 251 wide and 382 high. Border pattern is free, 1st installment is £0.75 and future installments are £1.50 each. You’ll find all of the information and can purchase the patterns at https://www.modernfolkembroidery.com/product-category/mystery-sal-2018/
Randje per Week 2018 SAL (translates to edge/border or band per week) is going to be a big project at the end of the year, the total stitch count is 103 x 1289. This is a FREE stitch-a-long to participate in and patterns are posted to the blog each week. You’ll find the patterns and information at https://randjeperweek.blogspot.com
Reflets de Soie 2018 Mystery SAL is sure to be as lovely as last year’s piece. You may need to turn on Google Translate to get through the pages, but it’s worth the effort. You’ll have to add the instructions and the pieces to your shopping cart to receive them, but they are FREE and you won’t be asked for any financial info since the total will be $0. You’ll find all of the pieces on their website http://www.reflets-de-soie.fr/epages/62027478.sf/sec3de1f696a9/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62027478/Categories/Grilles_gratuites
Legendary Creatures Alphabet from Cloudsfactory is a year long project featuring a different creature of legend for each letter of the alphabet. The stitch count is 202 x 295 and the pattern is $19.99. There are thread and fabric kit options available or you can purchase just the patterns. You’ll find all of the details and ordering information at https://cloudsfactory.net/legendary-creatures-alphabet.html
Red Band Sampler SAL from iStitch Designs is a year long project designed to be stitched on a strip of banding. The cost for the pattern is $27 and the SAL runs for 28 weeks, the design will cover 100cm of banding. You’ll find sign up information for this project at http://istitchcharts.blogspot.com/2017/12/red-band-sampler-sal.html
Stitcher Village SAL from MaxiStickt is a year long stitch-a-long project with a new village motif being published on the blog each month. (You may need Google to translate the page for you when you visit the blog). This is FREE and registration is not necessary. You’ll find the first blog post about the SAL at http://maxistickt.blogspot.ca/2017/12/jahreswechsel-2017-und-einladung-zum.html and the thread list at http://maxistickt.blogspot.ca/2018/01/frohes-neues-jahr.html
Prickly but Cute SAL from Fuzzy Fox Designs is a cactus themed stitch-a-long. The title doesn’t disappoint, they are definitely cute. The pattern pieces are $1.62 each in the Fuzzy Fox Designs Etsy shop and listed together in their own category https://www.etsy.com/shop/FuzzyFoxDesigns?section_id=22099588. When you purchase Astrid (the first cactus) you also get the border and full thread list.
Game of Thrones SAL from 8 Bit Stitching will give us all something to do while we wait for the final book and the new season of the television show. This is a 13 part SAL that begins February 1. Note that the chair pictured is not the SAL pattern, the design will be revealed later. The pattern is $8 and can purchased through the 8 Bit Stitching Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/583273425/stitch-along-4
Mill Hill Monday SAL is a new Facebook group for a perpetual stitch-a-long that I created for those of us who are addicted to stitching up Mill Hill kits. I’ll be stitching my Mill Hill kits on Mondays throughout the year and I invite you to join me and share your own project progress in the group. This is FREE to participate in. Bring your own stitching and join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/224469291428374/
Kitty and Me Designs Never-Ending Sampler SAL is exactly as it sounds, an ongoing stitch-a-long with pretty sampler bits from Pamela Kellogg. You can stitch all the parts or just some of the parts, or mix and match parts in different orders. Since it’s ongoing indefinitely, there’s no exact size or stitch count to give and everyone’s pieces will be totally different. You’ll find all the information at http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/p/never-ending-sampler-stitch-along.html
The Neglected Floss SAL is an ongoing project put together by a group at DeviantArt that’s going on its third year now. This year they’re going to have 12 biscornu patterns (47 x 47 stitch count each) to help you use up those leftover bits and pieces of threads that you just can’t part with. There will also be a border provided (153 x 202 stitches) in case you’d like to stitch them as a sampler instead. I really love this idea and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone stitches. This is a FREE stitch-a-long and you can find all of the details at https://mattsma.deviantart.com/journal/JANUARY-Neglected-Floss-SAL-718086917
Gifted Gorgeousness SAL from Serendipitous Stitching is all about the generosity of stitchers. Each month on the 15th you post about anything which is a gift, either to you or for someone else. You’ll find the sign up page and all of the information at http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.co.uk/p/gifted-gorgeousness-2018-sign-up-page.html
Smalls SAL at Stitching Lotus is an ongoing bring your own design sort of SAL. Stitch one small design of your choosing per month and share your finish on the last Friday of each month. You’ll find the information, including the monthly dates, on the Stitching Lotus blog at http://stitchinglotus.ca/smalls-sal-2018/
WIPocalypse is an annual SAL in it’s 7th year for 2018. You make a list of the works-in-progress that you want to make progress on throughout the year and check in each month. There are additional challenges and themes to keep everyone motivated and having fun. You’ll find the information for 2018, including the monthly themes and the Olympic Stitching challenge, on Measi’s blog at http://measi.net/measiblog/wipocalypse_main/2018-wipocalypse-info-page/
International Hermit & Stitch Weekend has been going on for several years and takes place the 3rd full weekend of each month, from Friday through Sunday. We’re all busy and life is hectic, so the idea here is to set aside one weekend to get some stitching done and relax. This SAL has been moved to a Facebook group, but the information is still available at Joysze.blogspot.com and of course you can still blog about your progress and stitching projects. You can join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/757401391130415
Christmas Ornament SAL for 2018 You might remember from last year’s post that this is one of those forever ongoing SALs and is FREE to participate in for folks who want to stitch holiday ornaments throughout the year. You can even sign up to post your ornaments on the blog. You’ll find all of the information on themes and signing up at http://christmasorniesal2015.blogspot.com/
TUSAL ~ aka the Totally Useless SAL ~ This one has been around for awhile. The idea is to empty your ort jar (your thread scraps) on the New Moon of every month and share a photo of your snippets. It’s free to participate in and it’s a fun way to look back and your stitching progress over the month. You’ll find all of the info on DaffyCat’s Stitching Blog under the TUSAL label http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/search/label/TUSAL
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the stitch-a-longs and groups that are out there in the cross stitching world this year, but it’s a good starting point if you’re looking for an SAL to participate in. If you know of one that I haven’t mentioned, please do leave a comment below and point us in the right direction to join and stitch along! 🙂 Enjoy & Happy Stitching!