Garden Shed – Stage 11

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.

Last time I’d reached the half way point.

Stage 10b

It spurred me on to get the next square done quite quickly. There were some fairly large blocks of the same colour and not too much counting to do. You can probably already guess there’s a sunflower even though there’s no detailed back stitching yet.

Stage 11a

There you go. Back stitch completed. Look who’s been hiding 🙂

Stage 11b

Gardening is still holding my interest and stealing crafting hours at the moment. What a way to waste time in the fresh air! The appearance of the sunflower in this update is a coincidence. I’ve just planted a load of sunflower seedlings outside today. I’m hoping wood pigeons don’t like to nibble sunflower plants or they’ll be doomed. I think they’ll be big enough so they don’t get attacked. Bees and birds will be welcome visitors when the flowers pop but no wood pigeons thank you very much! Time will tell if the little plants survive.

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 9th June 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

     /  May 19, 2019

    well that hen is going to reek havoc in the garden, if she gets loose . . . don’t know about the wood pigeons lol.

  2. This is looking great! So colorful and cheery.

  3. Your sunflower and tomatoes make me want to go play in our garden boxes! Wonderful progress!

  4. Anonymous

     /  May 19, 2019

    Such a cute project, hope your real sunflowers do well against the birds.

  5. Jenny hen really was hiding until she was picked out by the backstitching!

  6. Hi Avis! Your cross-stitch is really fun! How many tiny subjects! I love the kitten up high and the little snail! My brother Davide also cultivated sunflower seeds last year … two plants have reached two meters in height !! it is beautiful, in this period to enjoy the wonderful nature. Good creative week!

    • Thank you Carmela. We live beside the sea so there’s always a coastal breeze. I planted sunflowers that have a maximum height of 75cm and I hope they won’t blow down. It would be fun to grow giant ones!

  7. Looks great! I lost all but one of sunflowers last year to slugs but I’m hoping this year I will have a better crop, they are such a lovely sight x

  8. Amazing how that hen popped out after you did some backstitching. 😉 I don’t have any sunflowers or wood pigeons to fret over but I’m delighted by the number of buds on my peony this season.

  9. Wow! I really love this fun piece and I didn’t see the chicken till the backstitching came in. I hope your garden sunflowers survive. They are such happy plants!

  10. Jocelyn Thurston

     /  May 20, 2019

    Just love to see how this picture is emerging with your threads. I have sunflower seeds to plant too. I like to see how large my flowers get…the largest I’ve had so far was 10 inches across. Such happy looking flowers. And sunflower seeds are all I use in the bird feeders. So good luck with your growing this season!

    • Thank you Jocelyn. My sunflowers are doing really well 🙂 These ones shouldn’t get taller than 75cm so I think the flowers will be much smaller than yours. I’ll be leaving the plants in place until the birds have had all the seeds. Maybe I could try the giant ones next year.

  11. So bright and cheerful and I love the way the chicken was hidden away until you worked your bs magic on him. Sorry I was late posting this time.

    • I doubt we’d have noticed you were late posting if you hadn’t mentioned it. most of us take more than a day to get through all the posts…and it’s taken me a week to sit down and reply to comments!

  12. And like magic, the hen appeared. Love this design – there’s so much to look at 🙂

  13. I didnt even notice the chicken until you added the backstitching. Fabulous!

  14. Love the chicken, we used to have one just like that called Tallulah, she was always plotting her escape 🙂

  15. Sneaky chicken! Love the before and after backstitch shots you always include!

  16. Love the hen!

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