Can you believe that 2021 is finally here? I can’t (in fact, I am still writing 2020 on everything). 2020 flew by but it also felt like it lasted several years at the same time.
My 14 year old has declared 2021 as 2020 part two, fingers crossed he’s not right!
Anywho, to get the new year off to a spiffing start, why not join in on one of the many stitch alongs that have started making their way to the surface? There are so many to choose from catering to all interests, stitching levels and ages.
So, without further ado, let us begin!
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Peppermint Purple: A Year of Blackwork
Last years Peppermint Purple stitch along (or SAL if you are part of the cool kids club) was so successful, Clare is kindly doing another one. And it’s free. How choice is that?
Even if you are new to blackwork, I’d suggest giving this SAL a go as it will help you improve and it doesn’t cost anything so you have nothing to lose.
Join the Peppermint Purple SAL here
A Year of Gnomes
Cross Stitch 4 Everyone has released a new 2021 stitch along with monthly gnomes. I mean, that’s pretty brilliant.
I don’t gnome anyone that wouldn’t love this (sorry. Kind of).
To join the SAL, you will need to purchase the pattern on Etsy and then join the Facebook group, there the files will be released every month. You can also sticky beak at everyone else’s progress as well which is always fun.
Cost: $22 for the whole year
Start stitching gnomes here
Broadway Stitch Along
Taylor and Cromwell have designed a fun Broadway themed stitch along. Since we can’t get out and go see any shows at the moment, the next best thing is to stitch them all!
This stitch along started Feb 3rd so it’s not too late to play catch up. Get that broadway spotify list firing and start stitchin’.
Cost: $24 for the year.
Get ready to stitch the Broadway SAL here
Stitchonomy: A Year of SAL’s
It’s back, baby! A whoooole year of free stitch alongs brought to you by Stitchonomy. The next one starts mid April so all you need to do at the moment is sign up via the Stitchonomy website and sit back in anticipation. Easy huh?
Sign ups close April 2nd but you can sign up for the newsletter to get the heads up on upcoming SAL’s and other fun stuff.
Join in Stitchonomy’s Year of SAL’s here
Supernatural Show SAL
Creepy Domestic is bringing us this Supernatural themed SAL. Taking inspiration from Long Dog Samplers (my favourite designer at the moment) there will be text and images from the show. Perfect for any supernatural fan.
Get stitching here
Modern Folk Embroidery Stitch Along
A stunning piece designed by Modern Folk Embroidery that weaves the traditional with the modern. There are two options for this years stitch along, either a monochrome or two-tone. However, as always you can take creative control and put your own spin on this beautiful stitch.
Cost: €19.80 for the whole year or €1.69 for each months instalment.
Get caught up here
Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler
Linen and Threads have been putting out a mystery sampler every year since 2017 and they are stunning. Past mystery samplers are still available on the website so if you are feeling ambitious, go ahead and download those as well to add to your collection.
This year’s sampler is called Talavera, inspired by Mexican and Spanish pottery from Talavera de la Reina in Spain.
Start the mystery here
Caterpillar Cross Stitch: Made to Create SAL
Part one dropped 25th Jan and is a 6 part mystery arts and crafts inspired stitch along designed by the fabulous Caterpillar Cross Stitch.
I have several Caterpillar Cross Stitch charts, they are fun, vibrant and eye-catching. This SAL will no doubt be just as eye-catching.
Get creating here
Serendipity Make-A-Wish Charity Sitch Along
A stitch along with a difference! The Serendipity Make-A-Wish Charity Stitch Along is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. Instead of paying for the pattern, you are encouraged to donate to the charity, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics have pledged to match donations up to $30,000.
The patterns start being available for download on March 1st and will be released every two weeks.
Cost: A suggested $15 donation to Make-A-Wish
Serendipity Stitch Along
Cunning Cross Stitch
Cunning Cross Stitch are known for releasing pop culture themed stitch alongs and this year is no different. There are two announced, an Animal Crossing stitch along and a Magic Kingdom one.
Past Stitch Alongs include Letters from Hogwarts, Book SAL, FoE SAL and Drag Race RuSAL which are all still available on the Cunning Cross Stitch website.
Cunning Cross Stitch 2021 SALs
Cross Stitch Studio Mystery SAL
Wildlife is the theme for Cross Stitch Studio’s Mystery SAL. It is bound to be a stunning chart filled with detail.
To join simply purchase the PDF download on the website and you will be directed to a super secret underground club (a Facebook group) where each instalment will be released in due course.
Cross Stitch Studio Mystery Stitch Along
Urban Stitches After Dark SAL
If you like boobs and willy’s then this is your stitch along. The Urban Stitches After Dark SAL is an adult themed blackwork piece full of, well, boobs and willy’s.
Maybe not one to display about the house with small children or pearl clutchers also dwelling but still a fun stitch that will have you sniggering the whole way through.
Stitch a few peens here
Climbing Goat Designs Wonders of the Solar System SAL
Detailed and accurate are hallmarks of Climbing Goat Designs and this SAL will be no different.
Experience the wonders of the solar system in stitches over 11 months. Each planet is designed as accurately as possible according to planet details and relative size to each other..
Stitch some planets here
Aster’s Amazing Adventure Stitch-a-Long
Fuzzy Fox Designs brings you Aster’s Amazing Adventure in stitch along form which runs from mid March until September 2021 in 28 instalments.
The border, moonscape and Aster the alien designs are included in the initial download so you can make a start all ready for the first pattern drop.
Start your amazing adventure
There is no planet B Cloudsfactory SAL
The CloudsFactory There is No Planet B SAL features 24 endangered species from around the world and features not only your stock standard DMC thread but also the super fancy Etoile threads as well.
This stitch along started in January but if purchased after it starts (which you will have done if you are only just reading this now and want the pattern as I was a bit late to the game this year), you will have access to al the previous months downloads as well.
Cost: $19.99 for the whole year’s patterns released monthly or kit options are available to purchase as well from $39.95
Download the SAL here
Barbara Ana Designs Dreaming Girl SAL
Creative Poppy Patterns has teamed up with Barbara Ana Designs to bring this dreaming girl SAL to life.
The dreams of the young redheaded woman will be revealed in each part of the chart released.
Stitch your dream girl here
Classic 8-bit video game stitch along for those 80’s and 90’s kids and nostalgia lovers.
The frame consists of bright building blocks and the first month was Kid Icarus themed featuring Pit, Eggplant Wizard, and a Big Heart.
Go down memory lane here
Autumn Lane Stitchery Dark Queen of the Seas SAL
Part 5 has just been released in the Autumn Lane Stitchery SAL but ho boy it’s a goodie!
Mystical, dark and stunning, you won’t regret starting this.
Get lost in the depths of stitching here
Tea Cup SAL by Lesley Teare Designs
Lesley Teare has found the way to my heart in this SAL, tea! Twelve tea cups and twelve months will see you through this SAL.
Bringing a blend of blackwork and cross stitch together these teacups are truly beautiful heirloom quality.
Start your tea cups here
Lindy Stitches Funky Menagerie 2021 SAL
If you love funky animals then you’re going to love this stitch along. Featuring real funky animals and sampler styled funky animals it will sure to be a roaring success (see what I did there?).
Get funky here
So there are a few stitch alongs to join in on. A little something for everyone. There are many many more out there as the rise in popularity increases each year so you are bound to find one you like the look of. If there are any that you think we should all know about, leave a comment below.