Garden Shed – Happy Dancing!

I’m Happy Dancing today and there’s at least two other SAL members joining me this time. The Cut Thru Garden Shed by Bothy Threads is finally finished.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 19b

Here’s the last bit before the back stitching was done. There’s also a bit that isn’t visible along the top edge as it was still on the frame at this point.

Stage 20a 

Here it is off the frame and with the back stitch completed. Ta-daaa!

Stage 20b

I’m really pleased with this one and I’ve enjoyed every minute of stitching it. Having started to stitch this in October 2018, I’m very happy to finally have it done and ready to frame. It’ll soon be hanging alongside my other two from this series. You might have already seen them in previous posts.

Here’s a quick reminder…

The first one I stitched was the Cut Thru Camper Van. There’s actually two versions of this design available now. They’re quite easy to tell apart. I bought the one with the most detail. Not the best photo.


My favourite of all three is the Narrow Boat. Again, the photo was taken through glass so it isn’t the best.

I’ve got two more Cut Thru designs in my stash but my next project isn’t going to be one of those. I’ll show you what I’ve chosen for my new SAL project next time. It’s something completely different for me, a landscape. It certainly won’t take me more than a year to complete it!

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 15th December 2019.

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

     /  November 24, 2019

    well done Avis! are you going to frame this one too? and have an entire wall of “cut thru” designs.

  2. Fantastic and it will look great with the other 2 designs you have completed already. Cannot wait to see your next project.

  3. Congrats on the finish! I enjoyed watching this one emerge very much.

  4. Hurray! I wonder what you’re going to Cut Through next…

  5. denise bartley

     /  November 24, 2019

    Well done. I can’t imagine how many hours went into that. It’s amazing.


  6. Well done! It always makes me smile does this one, looking forward to seeing what you choose next 🙂

  7. It looks great Avis. When you have them altogether they are going to set each other off making a different group of cross stitching.

  8. This shed is awesome, full of whimsy and humour! Congratulations, and happy dancing, on finishing it.

  9. So happy for you Avis! I love all three!

  10. Congrats on the finish and happy dancing along with you. Thanks for showing the 2 other in this grouping as I had not seen them. I love them all! Excited to see your next project 🙂 Sharon

  11. Alice Varga

     /  November 24, 2019

    Absolutely wonderful!

  12. Love this series, they are so much fun to look at! Thanks for sharing all three in this post. Looking forward to your foray into landscaping!

  13. Yay! Well done Avis, it looks fabulous! Such a great collection of these designs, I love all the details to find in the pictures. Looking forward to seeing your next project. Enjoy your happy dancing! Jenny x

  14. Happy Happy dancing,Avis!! It’s very beautiful ! Hugs

  15. Congratulations on the finish! It looks fabulous! I am looking forward to seeing what you stitch next.

  16. Congratulations on a FANTASTIC finish! I loved watching your progress on this piece. The other 2 are fun, too! There are soooo many fun details in each one. I look forward to seeing your landscape!

  17. Such a wonderful finish ! I have a few designs I’ve been meaning to frame myself for quite a while but I find the prospect of finding the right frame and all , so daunting. Any advice? But all in all, well done, looking forward to seeing the next one.

    • Thank you Megan. It depends whether you want to splash out and have something professionally framed. If you go along to a shop they have hundreds of small lengths of different frames and card mounts. You can try as many as you like and I’ve found the framers to be very helpful with choosing in the past. Having the small pieces of frames etc. means you can try several different ones around your project at the same time and then pick out your favourites. My sister had several pieces of mine framed a couple of years ago and she paid extra for non-reflective glass. The framer will show you both types but if you can afford it, definitely go for non-reflective. You’ll only frame your work once and it’ll look its best. That said, I’ve just been framing my own pieces for ages now, mainly because of the cost. My decor is very plain so I tend to stick to plain frames and let the needlework do the talking. I hope this helps.

  18. Congratulations on your finish!! All three look great together.

  19. Congrats on your happy dance! It looks amazing and I love the other two you’ve done too.

  20. ccflo3

     /  November 24, 2019

    Congratulations on your finish. Can’t wait to see your next project.

  21. Jocelyn Thurston

     /  November 25, 2019

    Fabulous finish, Avis. I loved watching these little motifs emerge each month. It is interesting to see the other designs in this series. I will look forward to seeing what you work on next!

  22. Congratulations on your finish Avis though I shall miss spot the new creatures lol. I have still not done a lot in the way of stitching but I am still following my favourite projects.

  23. Congratulations on your finish, Avis! I love this pattern so much, and have enjoyed combing over all the tiny details. Can’t wait to see what you have chosen for your next project!

  24. Grattis!!!! I love these embroideries! 🙂 There are so many details and I can look at them forever and still found something I haven´t seen before! 🙂

  25. Wow! Happy dancing indeed! I had no idea it had been over a year to complete this piece. Nor had I any idea that you’d stitched the other two designs from the series. They’re going to make a wonderful grouping. Well done indeed! ❤


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