Getting Ready – Happy Dancing!


Woohoo! It’s finished at last! This Design Works kit is from an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time. There was still quite a bit to do but me and Claire wanted to finish at the same time so we made a run for the finish line together.

Stage 16

There was a lot of stitching to do in this section but it was plain sailing with so few colours in the blackboard. I got that done much faster than I’d expected to.

Stage 18 a

There wasn’t too much back stitching to complete either. Just the writing on the board and a few outlines but it does make a difference.

Stage 18 bHere’s the finished result. As you can see, it’s off the frame so you can see the whole picture now.

Stage 18 c

It’s been a fun project to stitch but I really didn’t expect it to take almost a year to complete. The first post for this one was dated 8th October 2017. Maybe if we’d realised it would take that long, we would’ve chosen something else.

One of the best things about this project was the price of the kit which was only £5. Total bargain! I’ve done a few Design Works kits now and they’ve all been great quality. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more (especially in a sale).

It’s been great fun working on this at the same time as Claire because we could chivvy each other along. I might not have been so motivated if it hadn’t be for her and the rest of the SAL members who’ve been so patient, watching it grow so slowly. Thanks for all the encouragement folks!

The best bit about finishing a project is that I get to start a new one. I think a few SAL members will be starting something new this time. Me and Claire have both looked in our stashes and we’ve decided to do different projects for once. I bet you can’t believe it LOL. We’ve tried to choose something of similar size and hope to finish together as usual but the kits we’ll be doing are very different.

This is what I’ve pulled out to start very soon. I’ve had it in the drawer for ages and it’s time it saw the light of day. I love the Bothy Threads Cut Thru Designs. The original design was by Amanda Loverseed.


I’ve made a working copy of the chart and chopped it up like I did for the last project. I’ll be sticking to the same method of stitching a square at a time. It helps to motivate me. This one is worked on 16 hpi aida so it’ll be a little finer to stitch than the last one. That suits me.

I’ve already stitched two of the Cut Thru series and have a few more in my stash. I know, I’m very naughty but when I see a bargain I can’t resist. The ones I’ve already done are the Narrowboat…

cimg3184_thumb …and the Camper Van.


They were both fun to stitch and I think the Garden Shed will be too. I’ll be starting at the top so there won’t be too much stitching to show next time as a lot of that section is unstitched sky. It’ll give me a chance to get used to stitching 16 hpi again and also time to do other things. First I need to catch up with all the other blogs and see what everyone else has been up to over the last 3 weeks.

Please hop around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 21st October 2018.

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. Well done great finish. I too have a cut away in my stash, I also have an autumn version of the girl I’m doing, so a decision will need to be made.

  2. Congrats on a brilliant finish. This has been a fun one to watch with all the little details. I can’t believe it’s been a year though!
    Love the new one. It looks like a lot of fun.

  3. claire93

     /  September 30, 2018

    didn’t we do well? and what fun it was, growing one year older lol

  4. Congratulations, and I love your choice of a new project. I wonder how you’ll like stitching separate projects, and whether it’ll decide you to work together again….

  5. Well done Avis (and Claire) – you did an amazing job. It is beautiful!!!!!!

  6. Congratulations on the Happy Dancing Avis. Love the cut-thru designs although I have never stitched one. I would have to exchange the fabric though as I hate stitching on aida fabric.

  7. It’s great! I have loved watching you and Claire do this one! The cut through looks fun for the next one.

  8. Woo hoo congratulations on the happy dance a wonderful finish. The cut through bothy threads are adorable.

  9. Happy dance INDEED! This was such a quirky, fun project, and it didn’t seem like a year at all! I love your new project!

    • I was surprised to see it was a year as well. Time flies! It was all Claire’s fault that I bought this kit. You know how it is…you get an email to say “there’s a sale and I’ve bought this, this and this” and suddenly I want one too. Before I know it I’ve bought the same things. I think she hypnotises me LOL.

  10. tonymarkp

     /  September 30, 2018

    Great finish! I’m very happy for you that you’ve got it all done. Your next project looks absolutely delightful. Even better is that it can join its companions in the set!

  11. This is beautiful! Congratulations on an awesome finish.

  12. What a fantastic finish!! I am always amazed at how much of a difference backstitching makes! Great job and I really like your next project. It will be fun to watch this one take shape as well.

  13. Wow – it is fantastic! and I absolutely love your next project and the ones you have done!

  14. Congratulations on the finish! It looks great. I may have to do this one myself.
    Love your choice for your next project. Looking forward to seeing it grow. 😀

  15. Woohoo! Happy dancing right along with you! What a great finish. And the next project looks like fun. I can see why you’d keep buying those designs!

  16. Well done – you have both made a fabulous job of the cross stitch. Your new project looks like fun – can’t wait to see how it progresses!

  17. Congratulations on the finish, happy dance \o/ – The colours are really nice and although I wasn’t a fan of the art style when Claire first showed me hers, I’ve grown to like it. I’ve got a design works myself (a fairy, looks like a mirabilia almost) and it’s crazy the amount of threads they’ve given me ! did you have the same thing happen to you? That new project looks very fun, looking forward to seeing the beginning in a blank piece of aida (I always find the first hundred crosses the most exciting !)

    • You’re not alone. My daughter hated the picture when I first showed her and her opinion hasn’t changed LOL. I think Design Works kits are very generous on threads. My ABC Bears only used about half of what they included. I’m not complaining though. I like the starts and the finishes best 🙂

  18. Congratulations on a great finish, this design always makes me smile! Good luck with your next one, it looks fun too.

  19. Christina

     /  October 1, 2018

    Congratulations on the finish! It definitely did not feel like a year. Your new project looks like a lot of fun. Lots of little motifs to motivate stitching 😊

  20. Congrats and Happy Dancing!! This embroidery always makes me smile! The new one also looks great! I remember the Narrowboat, because I thought it was stunning!!!! It will be nice to see the new one grow 🙂

  21. Lovely x will you get it framed? That was a good final push to get finished Exciting times on a new project 😊

  22. Well done! I love the idea of you and Claire joining hands and making a dash for the finish line, and then happy dancing together! Your new project looks fantastic, too — those Cut Thru designs are so charming and detailed!

  23. Congratulations on the finish! It’s such a fun design and I’ve really enjoyed watching the two of you stitch it up. Your next piece looks great too, another fun one!

  24. JJ Crafts

     /  October 7, 2018

    Woooo happy dance. It is a lovely finish too.

  25. Congrats on the finish! It is beautiful!

  26. Congratulations on a gorgeous finish! The Bothy Threads Cut Thru designs are so much fun. I look forward to seeing more of your updates on this one. Beautiful work!


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