Getting Ready – Stage 8

It’s time to show an update on my SAL project again. The picture is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 7

I’ve now got the top left section squared off and the backstitch has really made the flowers in the vase pop.

Stage 8

Next time I’ll be working to the right. There’s two faces in that square but I’m not sure I’ll get that far. I’ll try!

Hayley and Tony are new additions to the group this time. A warm welcome to both!

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 15th April 2018.


KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

HeidiConnieJackieSunnyHayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy


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. Looks great! The back-stitching makes such a difference. If we put yours and Claire’s together now we get the whole picture 🙂

  2. Great progress, it’s looking fantastic

  3. tonymarkp

     /  March 25, 2018

    I can’t believe how fast you can get this going! It looks fab.

  4. claire93

     /  March 25, 2018

    your fabric is looking wonderfully crisp as always, as you add backstitch to make those détails pop! I need to stop chickening out of backstitch and add some myself.

  5. You are really motoring through on this Avis! Such a fun, quirky piece, have you started thinking about how you will finish it? Framing, pillow, a shopping bag?

  6. Christina

     /  March 25, 2018

    Great job! Those flowers really did come to life and I like the back-stitch on the chalk board. I really like how you section off the patterns to work towards a goal. I should do this with the remainder of my project.

  7. You are making great progress on this one. I can’t wait to see it all finished. Looks great!

  8. magpiesue

     /  March 25, 2018

    Every single time it’s amazing to me the difference backstitching makes in a design! It’ll be fun to see how far you get between now and the 15th. 😉

  9. I love the disembodied arm reaching in! Good job Claire’s already given us that bit or I’d wonder where on earth that came from!

  10. Looks great. It’s amazing the difference back stitching makes. I’m really liking this project.

  11. very nice Avis

  12. 1. Whoever found out that backstitching is making embroideries come to life, should have a gold medallion for that! 🙂 2. I saw the original painting and I understand why you would like to stitch the other half as well 🙂

  13. This is coming along so well! The backstitching really makes everything come into focus!

    • I’ve just done one of the waiter’s heads today and it’s just a peach coloured splodge. The backstitch is everything on this design.
      I’ve been trying to comment on your blog but you don’t allow WordPress bloggers to comment. Any chance you would consider adding that facility? I emailed a while ago but you mustn’t have received it as I didn’t get a reply.

  14. Great progress. I love that vase of flowers. The backstitch really makes those flowers pop 🙂

  15. Those back stitches make such a huge difference! This will look great with some faces appearing.

  16. Great progress Avis. I am envious!


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