Getting Ready – Stage 9

Good morning everyone,

Time for another update on the SAL project today. It’s from a kit by Design Works based on part of a painting by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 8

This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 9

Those peach coloured splodges will become faces with a bit of backstitch. I hope to square off this section and get the backstitch done for next time.

We’ve got two new members to welcome into the group this time. Megan is a very talented artist and she’s recently opened her own Etsy shop. Timothy was with us until October last year and he’s now rejoined the group.

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 6th May 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, 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. You’ve got a lot done this time. Such fun seeing you and Clair coming at the same finish from different directions.

  2. Excellent progress. I love it when the backstitcch is added and it all comes together.

  3. Great progress, I love watching this develop 🙂

  4. Avis, impressive stitching as always

  5. This round of back stitching will really change the picture. It is fun to be able to see the difference. Lots done for you!

  6. tonymarkp

     /  April 15, 2018

    You’ve got lots done and you’re very organized about how you’re working on it. It helps to get the backstitching done little by little.

    • I used to leave backstitching until the end but it makes sense to spread the load with this one as it’s a fully stitched design. I must admit I didn’t realise that at the time of purchase. I just couldn’t resist the price!

  7. claire93

     /  April 15, 2018

    Two faceless waiters lol. Looking forward to seeing them become more human next time.

  8. It’s going to be even more fantastic when you bring the waiters to life by backstitching their faces! Nice work.

  9. Great progress, it is certainly growing

    • It’s just a case of keeping going. Cutting up the chart has definitely kept me motivated because I can’t see the huge amounts that’s still to be stitched.

  10. Great progress Avis! It’s really coming together. I like how you backstitch as you go. Definitely saves doing it all at the end

  11. Lovely progress and thank you for the highlight 🙂 (I really need to get working don’t I ?)

  12. Both yourself and Claire are making excellent progress.

  13. Christina

     /  April 15, 2018

    Great progress! Looking forward to seeing the chef’s faces 😊

  14. Great progress and great embroidery 🙂

  15. So much done since you started this piece I remember seeing the very beginning of it when you started. The picture is so cute I can’t wait to see the faces.

  16. You are really making great progress on this Avis! I always look forward to seeing your progress on this piece.

  17. Great progress. Poor waiters with their blobby faces though LOL


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