Odd Thread Designs Free SAL 2021 – Introduction


It is now just under 2 weeks until we start this SAL! YAY!!

Now’s definitely the time to check: do you have all the supplies you need?

You can still keep it simple and order a Kit!

(Although it is late enough it might not reach you for the very beginning of the SAL, but I will be sending them out as fast as I possibly can)

You will need: 14 Aida Fabric – ideally 21″x21″

Final Size of this project is 13.79″ x 13.71″ (193 x 192 stitches) so anything 15″x15″ or larger should suffice.


NOTE: In prepping for this SAL, I discovered that DMC996 and DMC3843 are essentially the same color. If you would like to simplify by substituting one for the other, feel free to do so.

Substitutions of colors is totally up to you! Substitute you favorites wherever you like, just be sure to note which colors in your version go where!

For those of you forging your own colorful path:

I’ve created a printable key that will help you keep track of which new colors you’ve assigned to each symbol:

The printable key also includes the number of skeins you will likely need to order if purchasing anything new. Otherwise, the image above includes the computer-generated estimates of how much floss will be used, but keep in mind the computer does not account for floss used jumping between areas of color, nor does it account for frogging and tangles, so the estimations are only the amounts needed for the actual stitches.

Please use your best judgement to account for any surplus you may need for your individual stitching style.

And, of course, you will need a needle.

However you prefer to hold your fabric is up to you. I am using a 10″ Hoop for my stitching.

Following Along…

Join the Facebook Group to chat about the project, share your progress and see what others are doing! This is where it gets really fun when folks get crazy with their colors!

Looking Ahead

This SAL will be the most “intense” for months 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 as these months feature a full page (55×70 stitches) of pattern information to follow.

Months 9, 10, and 11 will be “medium” intensity (55×56 stitches). And months 4 and 8 will be “light” (29×70 stitches) while month 12 will be the lightest (29×56 stitches) which will also be good for the holidays. Hopefully the lighter months will allow for everyone to keep up, but if not – No Worries! Everyone stitches at their own pace and this activity is meant to be fun and relaxing, not stressful!

Even after the SAL “ends” in December, I will leave all the webpages with the patterns up through the end of March 2022 in case anyone fell behind.

E-mail Updates

New pattern releases will be sent via e-mail (just like the link to this page) or you can bookmark the SAL Main Page to see shortcuts to all pages featuring the pattern parts.

Fabric Preparation

With a project this large, you will want to make sure your Aida is prepared. Aida edges tend to fray easily. To prevent this, you will need to either tape the edges, or run them through a sewing machine to help hold the fabric together as shown below. (Kit Buyers: No worries! This step has been taken care of for you!)

Gridding is optional and totally up to your individual preference! I only marked every 10 stitches along the edge of the design for ease of building in the border. I assumed, after stitching the border and building from there (or any other edges), the marked edges would provide enough reference for me.

Despite keeping it simple, my markings still turned out to be off by 1 stitch, so be careful! (lol)

Questions, Concerns, Comments

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments feel free to post on the facebook group or, if you prefer, email me at oddthreaddesigns@gmail.com and I will respond as soon as I can!

Otherwise, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas (or happy whatever you celebrate, OR just a happy next few days if you’re more “none of the above”) and I look forward to stitching and chatting with you all!

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