Garden Shed – Stage 10

Here is my SAL update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch kit. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 9b

Here’s where I’m up to now. I’ve reached the half way point. Hurray! As usual, it’s all splodgy until the back stitch detail is done.

Stage 10a

Here it is with all the back stitching done. That poor bird looks like it’s losing its balance over a worm 🙂

Stage 10b

I’ll be starting the third row from the left hand side next. It’s feeling like proper progress has been made.

I’m not doing much crafting generally at the moment. My mojo has ran away! It’s months since I switched the sewing machine on. I started a crocheted blanket recently but it’s already too warm to crochet aran yarn now that spring is here. It’s now all bagged up and waiting for the autumn to arrive when I’ll be glad of a growing blanket to sit under in the evenings. I’ll just have to keep cross stitching until I’m enthused or inspired to do something else.

Jess is taking a break from the SAL for a while but her blog is still well worth visiting in the meantime. Come back soon Jess!

Please click the names below to see what all the other members have been up to in the last three weeks. 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 19th May 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

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. claire93

     /  April 28, 2019

    I hope that bird doesn’t have far to fly!!! is that his nesting box, hanging from shed roof?

    • It’s a nesting box but who resides there is a mystery. If it’s anything like the nesting boxes in my garden, only spiders live in there!

  2. Hi,sorry if could not comment on our work,leave you a greeting,in the past few weeks,due to a violent storm,my internet connection has failed and in addition to damaging the computer has created damage to the central cabin of the network.I hope you will exscuse me! I have see a nice advance on your work! It is so pretty!

  3. You always make such excellent progress Avis. I so wish I could do the same but whereas I used to stitch in the evening I can now only stitch in natural daylight and unfortunately I have lots of other things to do in the daytime too. I am loving watching this fun project grow.

    • I’m enjoying gardening at the moment so I don’t feel like crafting in the evenings. My enthusiasm for the garden comes and goes. I have to make the most of it while I’m in the mood.

  4. I love seeing the before and after outlining shots on this piece! Such a difference, it must make the outlining so much fun instead of only tedious! Excellent progress again, Avis. My sewing machine has been cant to me lately, but for what I am not sure. I am still trying to catch up on things in progress and dragging my feet because I’d rather do something else, though I am clueless as to what!

    • Aaah! You have too much choice 🙂 I tend to flit from one thing to another but stick to having only one knitting, one crochet, one cross stitch etc. on the go at once. The SAL project is the only one that I work on consistently and that’s only because it’s for the SAL. Otherwise it would get a lot less attention. I don’t mind backstitching the details at all. In the other two that I stitched in this series I left it all until the end. I think i prefer doing it this way for the SAL. It would be boring to show just another chunk of splodges every 3 weeks.

  5. This is such an awesome project and with each posting, it just gets better and better. The detail is amazing on this. Love this! ~ Sharon

  6. I love all the detail in this. So much to look at! 🙂

  7. Christina

     /  April 28, 2019

    Wow, the half way mark already! That’s fantastic 😀 That bird is funny, but very cute. I’m loving the plants growing on the right side. Can’t wait to see more of the “garden”!

  8. Great progress, that wee bird did make me smile with his worm, think his eye was bigger than his belly! x

  9. For someone who has lost their crafting mojo you certainly seemed to have got quite a bit done on this piece! Just makes me smile every time I see this piece.

    • Oh, I’m happy to sit and cross stitch at the moment but my patchwork, knitting and crochet have all stopped. Maybe when the garden stops demanding attention I’ll get back to those.

  10. Looks like a significant bit of progress to me! Spring and summer do tend to take us away from our indoor activities what with the opportunity to garden or travel or whatever. 😉

    • Yes, gardening isn’t my favourite pastime but the older I get the more I seem to be enjoying it, especially in the greenhouse where it’s nice and warm.

  11. That shed is looking wonderful ! Such great progress yet again. I don’t blame you for losing your crafty bug, I’m on and off 3d like crazy and my sewing machine has been switched off for a good year for lack of feeling like I have an adequate space for it. (I don’t have any less room than I used to, just compelled to stitch in front of Tele instead )

    • You’ll get back to machine sewing when you’re ready. I’m lucky to have a sewing room but I can’t remember when I last went in there. Shame on me!

  12. I do hope your mojo returns soon. How exciting to reach the halfway mark on this project! It looks fabulous!

    • I know I’ll return to crafting but the garden is claiming some of my time at the moment. If I didn’t give in to it, nature would take its course and I’m actually quite enjoying the garden this year so far.

  13. So many great details in this embroidery. The spider, the snails, the birds, I love it!

  14. I love it! This is such a fun project to watch take form. You made great progress Avis.

  15. Summer is always hard for me, crafting wise — there’s so much else to do! But you always make such amazing progress on your pieces, and I always love the “soft focus” -> “crisp and clear” images when you show the work before and after backstitching!

    • Yes, it wouldn’t be anywhere near as good to finish all the splodges first. The SAL needs to see some back stitching done I think. It’s so much nicer to be out in the fresh air at this time of year isn’t it? For me, it’s the garden that’s getting some attention.


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