Highlands Landscape – Stage 8

I’m Happy Dancing today!

This is where I was up to last time. It was still rolled around the frame at the top so you can’t see the sky yet.

Stage 21

Here it is with all the back stitching done. It’s finished :-).

Finished

My sister bought me this kit for my birthday and I think she made a great choice. I’ve really enjoyed stitching it and its brought back many memories of wonderful holidays spent in the Scottish Highlands.

The back stitching on the thistles in the foreground was a nightmare to do so I ended up doing my own thing. It’s worked on 14 count aida but the back stitching on the chart was anywhere but in the holes. I’m very happy with how it turned out. I think if I’d tried to follow the chart for the thistle details I would’ve still been stitching now. I did intend to have it all framed in time for the Happy Dance but the shop is closed temporarily. I’ll get it done as soon as I can and let you see it then.

Some readers might remember Helen who is rejoining the group after a break. I’m looking forward to seeing which project she’s chosen to stitch along with us. Welcome back Helen!

Please also take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 31st May 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 7

It’s time to show an update on the Highlands Landscape cross stitch. Designer credits are here. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 18

You’ll be pleased to know the cross stitching is all finished now.

Stage 21

There’s just the back stitching details to add and then I’ll take it off the frame and let you see the whole thing. I expect to be Happy Dance next time :-).

We’ve got a new member to welcome into the group today. Her name is Sherrie and you’ll be able to check out her blog by clicking her link below. I’m looking forward to seeing which project she’s chosen to complete for the SAL.

Please also take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 10th May 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 6

It’s almost the end of March already! Our clocks went forward by an hour this weekend which means we’ll have lighter evenings and more time in the daylight to enjoy being out in the garden. I can’t remember the last time we had so many consecutive sunny days. Spring is definitely here.

Here’s another update on the Highlands Landscape. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 15

I continued to stitch in my usual fashion along the bottom but needed to roll the fabric further up. That means the top won’t be visible again until it’s off the frame.

Stage 16

One section at a time. More thistles and grass.

Stage 17 This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 18There’s still one more row to stitch in the foreground but it’s only 90 x 22 stitches instead of 90 x 30. That’s still a lot of stitching so I’m going to make the last of the crosses my target for the next update and then the final stage will be the back stitched detail, two stages from now. It should be finished some time in May.

Please take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 19th April 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 5

It’s time to show you another update on the Highlands Landscape. Here’s where I was up to before.

Stage 12

Last time, several readers commented that it looks finished. I have to agree that the design could’ve been framed at this stage and, if I hadn’t been enjoying stitching this one so much, I could’ve just done the backstitch and called it done. However, there’s more…

Stage 13   and more…

Stage 14

and this is where I’m up to now.

Stage 15

That’s 5/7 of the cross stitching finished. Then there’ll be some back stitching to do.

Please take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. Welcome aboard our two new members Laura and Cathie! I’m looking forward to seeing which project they’ve chosen for the SAL. Linda is also rejoining us this time. Welcome back Linda! We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 29th March 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 4

Short and sweet this time…

It’s time to show you another update on the Highlands Landscape. Here’s where I was up to last time.

Stage 9

I continued stitching along the bottom from the left hand side as usual. Plenty of lovely purples in this bit.

Stage 10

Ooh! More purples and sheep.

Stage 11

This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 12

The sheep will have some back stitched detail which I’ll do at the end with all the rest.

Please take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. A warm welcome back to Jenny! We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 8th March 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

 

Highlands Landscape – Stage 3

Well that must’ve been the fastest three weeks ever! It’s time to show you an update on the Highlands Landscape already. Here’s where I was up to last time.

Stage 6

I didn’t have to do any more diagonal stitches this time and I haven’t looked ahead on the chart to see if there’ll be any more but I suspect it’ll be all full crosses from now on.

The first bit I tackled was the section on the left hand side. I knew the tree would try my patience with all those greens but I’m happy with how it turned out and I didn’t need to unpick any errors so that’s good.

Stage 7

I must admit, in all the times I’ve been to Scotland, I’ve never seen blue water inland but that’s what the chart said to stitch. The cottages are beginning to make an appearance.

Stage 8 

They’ll have a small amount of back stitched detail but they’re already obviously cottages.

Stage 9

I didn’t notice while I was stitching but there’s a reflection of them in the water. Would there be a reflection from this viewpoint? I’m no artist so I’ve no idea if it looks OK.

If I can get another 3 small squares done for next time I’ll have more than half of the design stitched. I’m spending loads of time out in the garden at the moment and, if it wasn’t for the SAL, I’d be stitching far less than this. I’ll start at the bottom left hand side again and see how far I get. There should be more heather and sheep coming up.

Please also enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 16th February 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 2

Happy New Year everyone!

Yes, it’s 2020 already. I won’t be making any New Year’s resolutions because I’ll fall at the first hurdle. I think I’ll just plod along and see what the new year brings. Hopefully there’ll be plenty of crafting time and then I’ll be very happy.

It’s time to show you an update on the Highlands Landscape. Here’s where I was up to last time.

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It mostly consisted of diagonal stitches with a few full crosses thrown in for some texture on the clouds. I continued stitching one square at a time.

Stage 4 There were still lots of diagonals to stitch. That tree at the bottom left was a nightmare!

Stage 5It’s nice to see a bit more colour. There’ll be a tiny bit of backstitching to do on the top half but I’ve decided to do it all last. I may regret that decision.

Stage 6I’m going to start at the bottom left hand side again and see if I can complete another 3 small squares for next time. Maybe the cottages will make a full appearance.

We’ve got a new member joining the SAL from today. Her name is AJ and I can’t wait to see which project she’s chosen to stitch. Welcome to the group AJ.

Please also enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 26th January 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

A New Beginning

I’m introducing my new SAL project today. It’s another cross stitch kit and a change of style for me this time. Here it is:

Cover

As you can see from the packet, it’s an Anchor kit of a design called Highlands Landscape. My sister bought it for me for my birthday last year. She likes to keep me out of trouble. I love the picture because the Scottish Highlands is one of my favourite places to visit. I could happily live there but unfortunately the Highland midge finds me far too tasty so that isn’t going to happen!

The design finishes at at 5.5 x 12.5 inches which isn’t huge but it’s full coverage and there’s a lot of confetti stitching as well as blended shades which use two different threads at once.

I’ve enlarged the chart as usual and chopped it up into 21 squares of about 30 x 30 stitches each. I’m going to try and complete 3 of those squares for each SAL update. The top half has hardly any back stitched detail but the foreground has a lot so it could take 8 or more updates to complete.

I started at the top left corner. Some of the stitches are just diagonals and others are full crosses, giving a little bit of texture to the clouds. The photo doesn’t show it very well.

Stage 1

By the time I started the second square I was getting more used to changing from half to full crosses so I didn’t have to unpick as much.

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Here’s the first 3 squares finished.

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It’s been fun to stitch something completely different. I always enjoy the starts and finishes most of all. The biggest challenge this time will be keeping up the pace I’ve set myself. I know I don’t have to finish this much every time but when I set myself a challenge…

Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. Several members are starting or restarting a new SAL project today. I can’t wait to see what they’ve chosen. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 5th January 2020. Yes, 2020!!!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Garden Shed – Happy Dancing!

I’m Happy Dancing today and there’s at least two other SAL members joining me this time. The Cut Thru Garden Shed by Bothy Threads is finally finished.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 19b

Here’s the last bit before the back stitching was done. There’s also a bit that isn’t visible along the top edge as it was still on the frame at this point.

Stage 20a 

Here it is off the frame and with the back stitch completed. Ta-daaa!

Stage 20b

I’m really pleased with this one and I’ve enjoyed every minute of stitching it. Having started to stitch this in October 2018, I’m very happy to finally have it done and ready to frame. It’ll soon be hanging alongside my other two from this series. You might have already seen them in previous posts.

Here’s a quick reminder…

The first one I stitched was the Cut Thru Camper Van. There’s actually two versions of this design available now. They’re quite easy to tell apart. I bought the one with the most detail. Not the best photo.

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My favourite of all three is the Narrow Boat. Again, the photo was taken through glass so it isn’t the best.

I’ve got two more Cut Thru designs in my stash but my next project isn’t going to be one of those. I’ll show you what I’ve chosen for my new SAL project next time. It’s something completely different for me, a landscape. It certainly won’t take me more than a year to complete it!

Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 15th December 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Garden Shed – Stage 19

Here is my SAL update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch kit. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 18b

The next square was quite straightforward and relatively quick to stitch with not too many thread colour changes. Here it is without the back stitched detail. Not a lot going on is there?

Stage 19a

Here it is with the back stitch completed.

Stage 19b

One last push and it’ll be finished. I’m looking forward to starting something new already.

Sadly, Clare has decided to leave the SAL. Helen is taking a break while she’s concentrating on other things. Connie, who was previously a long-term member, is rejoining us from today. Welcome back Connie! I’m looking forward to seeing which project you’ve chosen to show us.

Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 24th November 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.