Next To Go Stage 12

Hello everyone,

It’s time to share progress on the SAL project again. This is how far I’d got for the last update.

Stage 11

This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 12

There’s just the back stitch detail to add now. Then I’ll have a finish to share next time.

The kit is from the James Herriott Collection.

We have two new SAL members joining us this time. Please welcome Linda and Catherine who both have some lovely projects on their blogs. I’m also pleased to announce that Wendy has returned to the SAL after a short break. Grab a cuppa and take a look at how everyone else is progressing. Just click on the names below and you’ll hop over to their blogs. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, DebbieroseChristinaSusanKathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy

Our next updates will be posted on the 29th January 2017.

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 maybe 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, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

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  1. This is looking fantastic, & now the man has a body & head too. Is finishing on the horizon yet.

  2. Your mystery man has a face. He will be very handsome when detail added.

  3. Not long to go, then! I’m so glad the phantom shepherd is headless no longer 🙂

  4. claire93

     /  January 8, 2017

    looking great, Avis, and backstitch is going to make a load of difference for next time

  5. witchylin

     /  January 8, 2017

    Not long to the final stitch now. 😉

  6. Wow that is a LOT of progress! You’re so close to finishing!

  7. He looks great with his face, and what a lot of work! I bet you can’t wait to have him all finished now.
    Thanks for the welcome to the SAL!

    • You’re very welcome Catherine. I only have three cross stitch projects on the go at once. They are all very different. My reward for finishing one is to start another 🙂

  8. jessicacrafts

     /  January 8, 2017

    Ooh. No longer headless . so close to a finish 🙂

  9. Avis, this is so exciting!!! I can’t wait to see it finished. Will you frame it, or do you have other plans?

  10. Looking great, nearly there 🙂

  11. Well, hallo Mr Herriot!! 🙂 I have been waiting for this moment!

  12. Nice progress. Can’t wait to see your finish.

  13. There is a man! You are making great progress with this one. I can’t wait to see the finish on the next update. Great job!

  14. Christina

     /  January 8, 2017

    Wow! So close to the finish, that’s exciting! I like how the background is left unfinished, just some grass behind the dog and the rest is left to the imagination and the story we create when looking at this piece. Looking forward to the finishing details!

    • I thought it was a bit like a watercolour painting where everything fades into the background. I haven’t done anything in this style before but I like it.

  15. Looks great. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  16. Oh he looks so much better now that he has his top half 🙂

  17. magpiesue

     /  January 8, 2017

    I bet you’re nearly finished with the details stitches by now! It looks great. It will be interesting to see what you choose to work on next. 🙂

  18. You are getting so close to the finish and it is just beautiful! Can’t wait to see your finish.


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