Despite the amazingly warm welcome I've had at The Stitch Specialists Yahoo group, and the volumes of encouragement received from the group's members and moderators, I am choosing to abide by the rules, precepts, and dictates of the group owner, Abi Gurden in regards to a SAL for Tree of Stitches. In inviting members to join her group, and stitch this gorgeous design, in accordance with Abi's dream of sharing her knowledge of stitchery with novices like me, I am dedicated to being a worthwhile member of the group and sharing my excitement over her incredible designs with others. As I have seen a multitude of other members sharing their progress on blogspot, I too have shared my excitement and encouraged others to join and participate in The Stitch Specialists with the view of adding value to the group. As most of you know, I enthusiastically respond to blog entries and posts in all of my yahoo groups. I love to talk to other members, with an eye towards creating opportunities for dialogue. I hope that this may put to rest ANY perceived ulterior motives that I may have in stitching this piece. Anyone who is a slow joiner, like I am, and is also stitching this project, please remember that the The Stitch Specialists group rules apply. This blog is not, in and of itself, a stitching group, just as the blogs where I saw the Tree of Stitches are not stitching groups. This is merely a forum in which I, and others, may choose to share progress on this project as well as other projects. My intention in offering this SAL is so that the latecomers to this design have some extra encouragement on a SAL that most members have completed. The Stitch Specialists group has, in some ways, moved it's focus on to The Great Escape. There may still be questions about Tree of Stitches, and I encourage The Stitch Specialists members on this SAL to post all their questions to the The Stitch Specialists group. I am a novice. Abi started this group so that stitchers like me could learn the stitches from her personally, and I, in no way, wish to overstep that relationship.
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