Getting Ready – Stage 15

Hello everyone,

Time for another update on my SAL project called Getting Ready. It’s from a kit by Design Works and the picture is part of an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 14 a

The lady now has a head! No backstitch detail yet. I’ll complete that once the top of this square section has been done.

Stage 15We’re welcoming Connie back to the SAL this time. Please pop over to say hello and hop around the rest of the lovely blogs by clicking the names below. There’s a lot of really lovely stitching going on. 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 9th September 2018. Where is this year going?

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie

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. Oh, you must be getting close now! It’s such a fabulous and fun design. Can’t wait to see it next time!

  2. Great progress, looks fab!

  3. Nice to see Madame emerging at last. It can’t possibly be much longer now, you’ve made a lot of progress.

    • I think I’ll be done in six weeks time. Then I’ll start something new. I’ve already chosen which project so that’s a good motivator.

      • I think I’ll be taking a short break from the SAL after I’ve finished the cushion. I don’t have a plan for a new project (at least, not yet), and my arthritis is playing up a fair bit, so it’s the perfect opportunity to stop for a little while.

  4. claire93

     /  August 19, 2018

    well done Avis. We’re almost there!

  5. Ahh the lady has a face at last. You are getting closer Avis

  6. Some excellent progress Avis, I’m sure the lady finds writing less difficult now that she has a head! Add the arm and she will be cruising along!

  7. I love the way you are stitching this piece – block by block. Does it make it easier to complete the backstitching this way?

    • I’m finding it a lot easier this way. If I have a back stitch or two that overlaps the blocks I just leave them until the next section is done. From now on, there’s no other way for me to tackle larger projects. I wouldn’t do the back stitch section by section if I was working on a hoop but I always stitch on a scrolling frame so this method works for me.

  8. Looking fantastic!

  9. Looks fantastic, great progress

  10. NIce to see her face 😀. Not much longer now. I have really enjoyed watching this project grow.

  11. Christina

     /  August 19, 2018

    Hurray, the lady has a head! haha! Great progress Avis 😀

  12. I was just about to comment about the lady with a head and Christina beat me to it! Great progress.

  13. JJ Crafts

     /  August 19, 2018

    Oh la la! This is going really well and looking great

  14. tonymarkp

     /  August 19, 2018

    She is the “Headless Shoulder Rider from Sleepy Hollow” no more! Great progress! I’m you’re thrilled to have the people in the picture mostly completed so you can get the full effect when you look at it and work on it at the same time.

  15. It’s funny seeing the little race between you and Claire, seems like she overtook you compared to the few times before. Both pretty close to the end though that’s great 😀

  16. You and Claire are both so close! Looking forward to your happy dances!

  17. Like!!!! That lady is looking so good 🙂

  18. Ooh, it’s getting closer to a finish. Nice to see her with a head too 🙂


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