Getting Ready – Stage 7

We’ve had loads of snow this week and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching all the blizzards sweeping across from east to west because I was lucky enough to stay at home most of the time. It’s the type of snow that’s very dry rather than dirty and slushy so it’s nice and easy to walk on. Unfortunately it’s a bit too dry for building snowmen or I’d be out there having fun!

Anyway, I’m doing that very British thing (apparently)…talking about the weather, so I’ll get on with what I’m supposed to be showing today. This is where I was up to last time. The picture is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works.


This is how far I got with the next square. The bottom has now been scrolled around the frame so you won’t see that bit again until it’s all finished. I’ll be continuing to stitch the blackboard on the left for next time and I’ll hopefully get the backstitch completed on this section as well.

Stage 7

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 25th March 2018.


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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. Great progress, looking fantastic

  2. claire93

     /  March 4, 2018

    looking very impressive, Avis! I’m still trying to finish the top half, so I can begin tackling the bottom half you’ve already done, but there’s more to it than I thought!

  3. Woo hoo! Flowers and the blackboard. Now I can see how this will join up to Claire’s version 🙂

  4. Stellar effort. That blizzard was chilly looking on our news reports.

    • We had 10 inches of snow in the garden which is unheard of here on the cliff tops. We usually watch the snow being dropped on the sea. Thankfully we’ve had rain all day today and most of it is thawing or already washed away.

  5. Looking good Avis! I am so interested to see how closely together you and Claire finish these, with the difference in detail. I first thought the bottom was more stitching with less detail, but now I am not so sure. It does have a lot of subtle color changes, and they can be challenging, at least for me.😉

    • There are lots of different shades but in large enough blocks to make it grow fairly quickly. It wouldn’t be anywhere near as difficult if the chart didn’t use several varieties of black triangles for symbols, all next to each other! I’ve made a few mistakes even after enlarging the chart considerably.

  6. This is possibly the biggest cross stitch I have ever seen!

  7. Lovely bouquet of flowers and great progress!

  8. Christina

     /  March 4, 2018

    Well done Avis! You’ve made good progress there 🙂 What count is this again?

  9. magpiesue

     /  March 4, 2018

    This seems a perfect project to work on during snow days. 🙂 It’s looking so good!

  10. It’s coming along great. Good for you.

  11. Great work!

  12. Looking great! You are making great progress.

  13. It’s coming along so well! It’s so good to see you and Claire work in it in different sections as we can see where your projects are heading!

  14. Great progress — this design has so much personality!

  15. It is looking great!

  16. Those flowers are so pretty! Looks like they’re quite detailed. Did they take ages?

    • Yes, I had to unpick several times because of choosing the wrong colors and only realising after I’d blacked out the chart. They’ll look better when the backstitch is done.


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