The People Choose Freedom!

This SAL is all about what you want to see on the blog.  Each month I ask for suggestions for themes and then put them up to the members of the IHSW Group on FB to vote for their choice.  This is what they have chosen:

August - Freedom
September - Geometric
October - Wizards

FREEDOM ! - William Wallace Freedom | Meme Generator

Although this year it's been more of this feeling:

friday's here freedom! oh, wait... - William Wallace betrayed ...

2020 has not been a good year for freedom, but lockdown saves lives, so keep at it!  My current motto is "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should".  Your Government may be telling you it's OK to gallivant all over the country/other countries but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Back to freedom in our stitching,  At first glance, cross stitch doesn't seem to have much scope for freedom.  The pattern, fabric and threads are all prescribed by the designer.  The little xxx are all lined up and regimented, each one with the top stitch in the same direction.  Many new stitchers think you need permission to change the smallest detail.  But no, once you have bought the chart (or downloaded the freebie) you can change it as much as you like!  The only caveat is that you cannot claim it as your own design.

So what have I changed the most?  I guess my spooky conversion of Lavender & Lace's Enchanted Alphabet is pretty near the top of the list. 


My version:

This is another design where I took a traditional style chart and totally changed it to have an Andy Warhol vibe:

Original design:

My version:

Following on from the William Wallace themed memes, this is an older piece I stitched after a visit to Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.  This is the castle from the film Highlander, one of my favourites.

This is quite different from my usual style of stitching but I just love the soft colours.

Beth of Beth's Needlework Stash has a nice piece where there is a pattern but the stitcher gets to decide where the stitches go.  You can see it here - Autumnal Abstract

There are a lot of blackwork designs where you stitch the outline and then have the freedom to choose the internal patterns.

We have also seen the rise of the Pick Your Own Adventure style Mystery SALs where choices are made by the roll of dice.  Ann from Colorful Cross Stitches is doing a Harry Potter themed one right now - Colorful Cross Stitches

Now it's over to you.  All you have to do is make a post on the theme of Freedom, mention The People's Choice SAL (you can copy the picture I used at the top of this post and in my side bar) and my blog. Please link up using the URL of the actual blog post, not the home page of your blog. I look forward to seeing what you all post.



edit to add - the first three blogs linked up are a really diverse interpretation of theme - I love the creativity of my friends.

Finally, I need your suggestions for the next poll. Any thing, no matter how obscure, weird or random will go into the poll. Keep the theme suggestions to a single word or two - so you could have Cats, or Blue, or Holidays, or Warmth etc. Really anything which could be illustrated in cross stitch.

Looking forward to reading them all!

The People Choose Freedom!