Garden Shed – Stage 18

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 17b

I got straight to work on the next part following the last update and finished the next stage in record time. I’ve had two spare weeks to play in the garden this time 🙂 Here it is without the back stitched detail (missing the rolled around bit at the top as well). Can you see who’s joined in this time without looking at the last photo first?

Stage 18a 

No? See if you can spot him/her now.

Stage 18b 

Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links 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 3rd November 2019.

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

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 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. Wow, that’s quick work! Love the little mouse, you could have a great game of I Spy with this one 🙂

  2. It’s the little mouse, such intricate goings on and full of life. Lovely work.

  3. Such fun! The mouse is daring to come out while the cat sleeps off his fish dinner!

  4. Look at the little mouse! I would not have seen him if it weren’t for the backstitching. Great progress Avis!

  5. Yikes – there’s a mouse in the house…oops shed! Love the large pink ears. You made great progress and are closing in on a grand finish 🙂 Sharon

  6. Beautiful little mouse!Even the bee near the yellow flower! Good cross-stitch! Hugs!

  7. claire93

     /  October 13, 2019

    at least mouse is safe Under the floor boards of shed . . . are there going to be any more surprises, I Wonder?

  8. You are getting soooo close to a finish! 2 more updates? I would not have recognized the little mouse with his cheese without the back-stitching. It really adds so much detail. Beautiful stitching!

    • Thank you Renee 🙂 Yes, two more updates should do it. Then I’ll need to make a decision whether to start something new or finish my only remaining WIP. I’m tempted to finish the WIP which is very different to the shed. Then I’ll have a clean slate 🙂

  9. Beautiful progress I want some cheese but I don’t think I want it from under the shed lol. I am really looking forward to seeing next times stitching when I think you will be happy dancing.

    • Me neither. It’s going to take two more updates to finish as I stop stitching when I’ve done a full square and do other things for the rest of the three weeks.

  10. Christina

     /  October 13, 2019

    LOL, had to check out the last photo to spot the little mouse! So cute 🙂 Great progress, Avis!

  11. Such a cute addition, looks great Avis x

  12. Now that everyone has pointed him out I see the mouse. I thought you were referring to the worm!

  13. I spy a cute little mouse ! Well done on this update if you had two weeks to spare – Although I tend to do that myself, cross stitch the day following the update, then a few days after that, then completely forget about it and take a snippet the day before the update. Luckily, I still get at least 10 hours of Xstitch in each time.

  14. So cute!!! When I saw the football I was thinking Zlatan, 🙂 but the little mouse is much nicer 🙂

  15. Jocelyn Thurston

     /  October 16, 2019

    Tremendous detail in this project, Avis. I can see a wee little mouse there just entering the picture. Very cute.

  16. Ha, I’m with Sue — I saw the worm first! You’re so close to finishing! I’d be tempted to pick up the last WIP to have the clean slate. 🙂

    • Yes, that’s what I’ve decided to do. I’ve also got a crocheted blanket WIP as well. That was put to one side during the warmer months. It’s now getting chilly again so I’ll be doing that in the evenings. It’s always nice to snuggle under a blanket as it grows 🙂


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