FREE SAL FAQ's
QUESTIONS COVERED (just click to pop to the answer):
- Is this free like last year?
- How do I join?
- Where do I start?
- Do I need to join the Peppermint Purple CLUB or buy the companion pack to participate in the SAL?
- What is the companion pack?
- What is the Peppermint Purple Club?
- I just bought the companion pack. Is there a way to download the whole thing or do I have to do each one individually?
- I purchased the companion pack how do I get it ?
- How can I join the Members Area?
- What count material is recommended?
- How many strands should I use - 1 seems really thin?
- What size material do I need?
- Can I create my own layout and/or colours ?
- I have created my own layout/border - can I share it?
- When are the weekly releases made available?
- Are the Blackwork and Cross Stitch/Blackwork fillers all on the same file?
- I don't like this weeks provided filler - can I change it?
- I am considering joining the Facebook group, but what are the group rules?
- I missed a week, where can I find it to download it?
Is this free like last year?
How do I join?
You can either join the Facebook Group, or join the Members Area here on the website. Both will have access to all the weekly fillers, however anything optional eg. Borders, are only available in the Members Area
Where do I start?
Once you have joined the instructions can be viewed:
Do I need to join the Peppermint Purple CLUB or buy the companion pack to participate in the SAL?
No - both of those are optional.
What is the companion pack?
This is an OPTIONAL extra of 6 more layouts, each with 2 borders (and you get access to all of them). View Details
What is the Peppermint Purple Club?
This is not related to the 2023 sal, but you will see it mentioned. It is a membership club I offer with free patterns monthly and discounted purchases; details can be found by clicking here. You DO NOT need to be a Club member to participate in the SAL.
I just bought the companion pack. Is there a way to download the whole thing or do I have to do each one individually?
Yes - there is an option in the Companion Pack Members Area to download a zip file with everything in and you will also receive it when you purchase.
I purchased the companion pack how do I get it ?
Make sure you have a customer account on the same email and log into the Members Area then click the Purple 'Companion Pack Area' button to access all the files. You will also be able to log into your account and download it using the link found at the bottom of the page when you click on the order number.
How can I join the Members Area?
Please Click Here to request to participate - it's all free !
What count material is recommended?
If you are new to Blackwork then I recommend 14ct aida. If you are an experienced stitcher then feel free to use your normal counted material.
How many strands should I use - 1 seems really thin?
I recommend 1 strand of floss....it seems thin but just trust me.
Some people do prefer a thicker look though and if you prefer to use 2 strands then please do, this is your creation and you have to love it.
If you are doing the cross stitch/blackwork filler option then I recommend 2 strands for the cross stitches...Top tip: if you want to not keep swapping between 1 and 2 strands on your needle, then do your first / of the cross stitch, then do it again, and then do two \ with your 1 strand of floss.
What size material do I need?
The layout pack will tell you the more common count sizes on the front page. Please allow extra for a material border. If your count of material is not stated then the stitch count is also on the front page and be used in the Material Calculator.
If you are using any of the provided borders, the sizes and stitch counts are also on the front page of these pdfs.
Can I create my own layout and/or colours ?
ABSOLUTELY ! Part of the fun is seeing everyones creations
I have created my own layout/border - can I share it?
Yes - Once you have access to the Members Area you will find all of the Members Borders/Layouts in there and there is a link to submit any you design.
When are the weekly releases made available?
The Summary files are provided on the friday after the last wednesday of the month (the individual weekly files will then be removed the following Monday).
Are the Blackwork and Cross Stitch/Blackwork fillers all on the same file?
Yes they are, and you can do whichever you prefer, or both, or a mixture etc
I don't like this weeks provided filler - can I change it?
You can personalise fillers eg, add initals, dates etc, but if you change the actual fill itself then please obscure this in photos as I end up with lots of emails behind the scenes. People think there are alternatives, they have the wrong week etc. and they just cause confusion.
I am considering joining the Facebook group, but what are the group rules?
These can be found by Clicking Here
I missed a week, where can I find it to download it?
All of the fillers are, at the end of the month, consolidated into Summary files - these can be found in both the members area and the Files in the facebook group. These summary files are created on the friday after the last wednesday of every month, and the individual files are then removed the monday after. After that time the only way to get the individual files is by purchasing the Companion Pack as access to them all year round is one of the perks of the pack.