Woodland Sampler – Stage 1

It’s time for another SAL update. After completing Tiny Treasures last time I decided my next SAL project would be the kit that my sister bought for my birthday. It’s called Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

Woodland Sampler

I zig-zagged with the sewing machine around the edge of the supplied 16 count aida fabric, pressed it and clipped it to the frame. All was going well. The charts are on A3 paper and the print is VERY small so I needed to make a working copy to mark off as I stitched. I set myself a target of getting the tawny owl finished for this update. This is how far I got. I’ve stitched for many hours and I’m really disappointed with how long this much took to complete.

Stage 1

Eagle-eyed readers will notice the fabric isn’t aida. I did try but there are so many fractional stitches that I couldn’t get my needle through the aida in the right places and it was all a mess. I swapped it for 32 count evenweave. I don’t enjoy stitching on evenweave but I had no choice. More whinging coming up…

Some of the half stitch symbols weren’t showing up very well on my copy so I needed to refer to the chart to check. That wasn’t very helpful because the print had worn off the original where the paper had been folded! I’d literally taken the chart out of the pack, laid it flat, made a copy and then folded it back up. The print and/or paper must be very poor quality.

Most of the owl that I’ve stitched so far is made up of fractional stitches. I’ve been tearing my hair out LOL. I’ve moaned to everyone around me and now I’m moaning here as well. Anyway, as if all the fractional stitches aren’t enough, there’s a load of back stitching to do over the top. Most of the half stitches that are next to each other are only a shade different. I’m sure this design could’ve been just as effective if it was done in full crosses and backstitch. It all seems a tad unnecessary to me but I’m not an artist.

However, I do love the design and this kit wouldn’t have been cheap so I’m determined to finish it. The threads are Anchor brand so they’re good quality and the supplied fabric was nice too. I can use it for something else. I might have to buy some new dancing shoes for when this one is done but I’ve got plenty of time to save up because it’s going to take ages!!

Sorry for all the whinging. I feel much better now I’ve got it off my chest. I promise to be more chipper next time.

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

Tiny Treasures – Happy Dance

It’s time for another SAL update. Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the original chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 11

As you can see there were only 8 boxes to complete so me and Claire decided to sprint to the finish line. We did it!

Stage 12

This is why we’re Happy Dancing this time 🙂 It’s a long way to scroll down!

Finished

As usual I made the process so much more difficult for myself by changing and adding to lots of the original designs from the beginning. Once I’d started to make everything more densely stitched to suit my thread choice I had to keep it up or the top bit would’ve looked wrong. I struggled towards the end to redesign or come up with something completely different from the original but I managed. All the boxes and flowers are different. There’s 70 flowers and 52 boxes. I think I’ll finish it up as a wall hanger. If not, it’ll be framed but I’m not in any hurry to get it done. 

The design finished at 10 x 27 inches but you could choose any number of the boxes and flowers to make something a more suitable size for your needs. It’s been a very enjoyable project to stitch, especially as the chart and instructions are so clear.

Do you want to know what I’m going to stitch next? OK then, I’ll tell you. I’d already pulled something out of my stash and put it to one side ages ago but then it was my birthday and my sister bought me this gorgeous kit. It’s a cross stitch design featuring some of my favourite animals, namely foxes and hedgehogs. I think it’ll take a long time to stitch this one but it’s perfect for the SAL in that it has several different animals that I can do in stages.

Woodland Sampler

I know Claire is also Happy Dancing today and there’s bound to be others as well.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 2nd May 2021.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 11

It’s time for another SAL update. Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the original chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 10

Me and Claire agreed to finish the rest of the flowers and outer border this time. If you take a look at her opened out version you’ll see how big it is.

Stage 11

Just 8 boxes left to fill. I can feel a Happy Dance coming on!

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 11th April 2021.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 10

It’s time for another SAL update. Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the original chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 9

Another four boxes and 5 flowers have been added.

Stage 10 

My knitting is finished so that’s no longer a distraction from Tiny Treasures. However, we’ve had lots of lovely sunshine during the past couple of weeks and the garden needed attention. It would’ve been a shame to stay indoors and miss out on all that vitamin D wouldn’t it? The garden looks so much tidier!

One of our long term members Sue has sadly decided to leave the SAL. I’m sure she’ll still be crafting so pop over to her blog and see what she’s up to when you get a chance.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 21st March 2021.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 9

It’s time for another SAL update. Just a quickie this time because I’ve still got the knitting bug.

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the original chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 8

Another four boxes and 5 flowers have been added.

Stage 9

Three rows of boxes to go. I’ve been trying to finish knitting a scarf before it gets too warm to wear it. Fat chance of that happening here soon! It’s still really cold and dark and wet, wet, wet! I’ve started a few seeds indoors and the seed potatoes have arrived but it’s far too wet for outdoor gardening at the moment.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may stitch. need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 28th February 2021.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 8

Doesn’t time fly? We’re more than half way through January already! It’s time for another SAL update.

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 7

Another four boxes and 5 flowers have been added.

Stage 8

I really like the basketwork box this time. There’s now only 4 more rows to stitch before our Happy Dance.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may stitch. need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 7th February 2021.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 7

Happy Christmas to everyone if you celebrate it and best wishes for 2021. This very strange year has flown by!

Now for the SAL update….

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 6

I’ve added another four boxes and five flowers. The outer border has been extended by a couple of inches past the edge of the photo because I just kept stitching until the pieces of thread were all used up.

Stage 7Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 17th January 2021.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 6

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.Stage 5

Here’s where I’m up to now after filling the 4 empty boxes and adding 10 more flowers and borders.

Stage 6

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 27th December 2020.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 5

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 4

Here’s where I’m up to now. I’ve unrolled it from the frame a bit so you can see it all, even though it looks a funny shape.

Stage 5 

Lots of knitting is going on here at the moment but not much stitching. It’s still growing though 🙂

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 6th December 2020.

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

Tiny Treasures – Stage 4

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 3

I haven’t done as much for this update but I’m pleased it’s coming along. Here’s where I’m up to now.

Stage 4

There’s a tiny bit of the border hiding. It’s rolled under the frame on the right hand side.

I’ve been busy doing loads of jobs outside in the garden recently and there’s still lots to do. It’s good to be out in the fresh air but it doesn’t leave much time for stitching. The daylight hours are getting shorter so there’ll be more time for crafting soon. Maybe I should get some quilt tops out to quilt. It’s a while since I’ve done that and it’s a nice cold evening activity.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 15th November 2020.

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