Next To Go Stage 13 – Happy Dancing

Good morning,

It’s SAL update time again. This is how far I’d got for the last update.

Stage 12

Here is the finished picture 🙂

Stage 13b

There is one difference in addition to the back stitching. Can you spot it?

I’ve really enjoyed stitching this one. The back stitch on the jacket was a bit of a nightmare but the rest was a dream! The thread colours are so rich in real life and the quality of the kit was first class. I did have to enlarge the chart by 100% so I could work from it but that was easy enough to do. The kit is from the James Herriott Collection. There are lots of others in the set depicting Border Collies and farm animals.

The finished piece has now been gifted to a dear friend who originally gave me the kit as part of her cross stitch clear out. She can no longer see well enough to do cross stitch herself and has admired the progress of my stitching over the last few months. It seemed like the perfect gift to return it to her all finished, particularly as she has a special birthday coming up soon.

One of the best bits about finishing a project is that I can start another one. This time, me and Claire will be stitching the same thing but in different colours. My OH bought me this chart over a year ago from The Crafty Kitten


This is the third design I’ve stitched by Ink Circles. It’s called Cirques des Triangles. The other two are Cirque des Cercles and Cirque des Coeurs. I’ve chosen to stitch with a turquoise and sea green variegated thread (DMC 4030) on white 16 count aida fabric. I look forward to sharing progress next time.


Please take a look at how everyone else is progressing with their projects. 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, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy

Our next updates will be posted on the  19th February 2017. See you then!

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 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. Wow the backstitching really brings this to life. Well done on your finish. I love Ink Circles but haven’t completed one yet. Someday LOL.

  2. The dog on the right now has a russet patch on his cheek! I do love his nice tweed jacket now; it may have been a nightmare, but it was definitely worth it, as was the definition of his features. It’s a lovely piece, but I expect you’re dying to get on with the new work!

  3. What I meant to say was, the dog HAD a russet patch and now doesn’t… Duh.

  4. Great job, well done. I love the colours of the new project

  5. claire93

     /  January 29, 2017

    backstitch makes such a difference and really brings this piece to life. Well done!

  6. i love this cross stitch and the back stitching really makes it pop! Nice work.

  7. Congratulations on a magnificent finish. The backstitch really brings the project to life. I’m sure your friend will adore this picture

  8. A beautiful finish, the bs certainly was worth the hard work as it makes such a difference. I have seen your new stitch challenge, finished in a similar colour and it looked beautiful so I look forward to seeing your new piece grow.

  9. That coat is really quite amazing!!! I enjoyed playing I spy; Pupster is looking more like himself now. 😉 Your new project looks a bit tricky, love the color. Isn’t it a great feeling to start something new because you finished something big!!

  10. jessicacrafts

     /  January 29, 2017

    Ooh. You’re next project looks really great. I look forward to seeing how it progresses.

  11. witchylin

     /  January 29, 2017

    I would like to say that the picture looks so much better in ‘real life’ and I am thrilled to bits to have it. This week it will be at the framers. Finally I have found the perfect place to hang it so it will be seen by lots of people. It is worth having this ancient Birthday to receive such a thoughtful gift. The new SAL is going to be gorgeous with these wonderful colours.

    • That’s great news. I wasn’t expecting it to be framed so soon. I enjoyed being part of its circular journey and I look forward to seeing it hanging where it belongs. The new project is going to be so much easier to stitch.

  12. Congrats on a beautiful embroidery!!!!! What a great work you have done 🙂 The backstitching really made it! Love the colored yarn you have chose for your next project!!

  13. I love it! I’m always amazed at how much life a simple backstitch can bring. He is one very handsome fellow!

  14. Christina

     /  January 29, 2017

    Lots of finishes this time around! Yes, I can definitely see the lovely details that the back stitching provided to the finished piece. What a lovely gesture to gift the finished piece to your friend. This new project looks intriguing and I love the colors you chose. Variegated thread is so much fun to use and it will definitely pop against the white background. I was asking Claire, how long did the last one take to complete?

    • It’s difficult to say how long it took because we only did a small section every three weeks. However, I’ve included a link to Cirque des Coeurs above which is similar and I did that one in three weeks while I was on holiday. They are quick and very easy to stitch.

  15. The back-stitching lifts it so much, especially the jacket, I’m sure your friend will be thrilled with it.

  16. Congrats on a beautiful finish. I’m always surprised by how much difference the backstitch makes. It may be a chore sometimes but always worth it.

    Love, love, love the colours for the new Ink Circles project.

  17. Maia Tuitele

     /  January 29, 2017

    That is a lovely finish!

  18. Oh wow, well done Avis!! You stitched this so quickly! It looks great. I love the thread colours you’re going to use for Circle de Triangles.

  19. That is just sooo cool! i’ll have to get Boss Human on to this


  20. Your project is beautiful. That was a lot of line work on the jacket, but so worth it.
    So much fun to start a new project

  21. Denby

     /  January 31, 2017

    Wow!! it looks great. I liked it before but the backstitch certainly brings it all to life. Your patience never ceases to amaze me. Well done.

  22. Congratulations on your finish! It’ beautiful! I did notice that you changed the one puppie’s face to be all black and gray. He looks sweeter 😉 I LOVE your new project. I have not done an Ink Circle before, but I think I may want to try. Your threads are gorgeous for this one and I look forward to seeing you stitch it.

    • You are welcome to join us if you wish. We’ll be stitching it in small stages so there’ll be plenty of time for other projects as well. Compared to the designs you stitch, this is a piece of cake!

  23. Awesome occupation, well done. I cherish the shades of the new venture..

  24. Wow the backstitching truly breathes life into this. Well done on your wrap up. I cherish Ink Circles yet haven’t finished one yet….

  25. The back stitching is doing a great ‘finishing’ job here! It looks so good, well done!

  26. Nice work–this came out wonderful!

  27. Caroline Farrell

     /  April 4, 2017

    You have created a master-piece. I have been trying to source that chart for some time now, its quite “old” now, I love how the James Herriot collection stitch out. Yes the back-stitch can be a nightmare but wow it surely does bring the project to life. Well done on completing this one, Love your work

    • Thank you and welcome to my blog 🙂 I’ve seen the charts and kits come up on Ebay quite regularly. Set up a “follow” on there and you’ll get an alert when there’s one available.


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