Paine Free Crafts 2022 Stitchalong (SAL)

A SAL (Stitch-a-long) is a project that we all stitch at the same time, encouraging one another along the way. They can be mystery, partial mystery, or fully known.

Join the SAL here 

The Paine Free Crafts 2022 SAL is rather different to our usual chart offerings. It’s also different to the 2020 stitchalong!

It’s not a full coverage design like most of our designs.

It is based on a particular artist’s work, but it is NOT available as an art piece from the artist, so you won’t be able to see it or get a print of it or anything – our SAL is unique (don’t worry though, the artist gets full commission etc).

It is split into areas.

There are some areas that are full coverage (requiring “over 2” stitching)
There are some areas with partial (fractional) stitches and backstitch.
There are some areas with blackwork designs.

So.. on to the details…

There will be 11 different parts. The first will be released in January 2022. The plan is for the others to be released every month (probably on the 1st), so the SAL will last until November 2022, leaving December for finishing it off.

There are OPTIONS for some of the parts. So yes, you’ll get to customise your own design to a point 🙂

We recommend 28 or 32 count evenweave, stitching with 2 strands of floss, over 2 strands on the fabric, simply because of all the fractional stitches. This makes the design effectively 14 or 16 count. Backstitch in 1 strand (or two if you prefer a bolder look).


The size is: 320 (width) x 414 (height) stitches.

Floss list is now available on the website listing for the signups.


This means you need fabric (including a 3 inch border on all sides) of size:
on 28 count: 29″ x 36″
on 32 count: 26″ x 32″

We recommend plain fabric, or Easy Count fabric (but bear in mind with Easy Count that not all charts will line up with the squares, so it may be easier to use plain fabric!).

You can join the SAL at any time while it’s still going on, and get access to all the charts already released, and those still to come. When the SAL finishes, the charts will be available only as the individual charts.

Enough already, who is the artist and what is the theme?

It’s Chris Dunn, and the theme is the “Wind in the Willows”


Nope, it’s not free. We have artists commissions to pay.

It’ll be £15 for the PDF only. Kits will be available at the usual prices (28 or 32 count plain white fabric only)

Where do you sign up, and how will it work?

Join the SAL here 

 Put the product in your cart, check out as normal. You will get an order confirmation but you will NOT get a chart at this moment.

Each time there’s a new part released, you should get an email telling you it’s ready. If you don’t get the email, don’t fret, just check the website to see if it’s there when you expect it to be.

Go to the website, by clicking on the email link or looking for the SAL category, add the new part to your basket and check out. You won’t be charged if you’re on the SAL, as there’s a bit of magic going on behind the scenes with discount codes!

Can I get a kit for the SAL?

We’re offering 32 count and 28 count (both in Zweigart plain fabric) kits. You’ll still get the pdfs, but you’ll get all the threads (presorted), needles, and fabric, and all the other goodies you have come to expect with a PFC kit! You will also get a couple of extra goodies specially designed for this SAL and exclusive to the kits!

Timescale… depends on demand, but I hope we’ll get them out in our usual timescale (please allow  10-14 days to be made, then shipping times).