Highlands Landscape – Stage 3

Well that must’ve been the fastest three weeks ever! It’s time to show you an update on the Highlands Landscape already. Here’s where I was up to last time.

Stage 6

I didn’t have to do any more diagonal stitches this time and I haven’t looked ahead on the chart to see if there’ll be any more but I suspect it’ll be all full crosses from now on.

The first bit I tackled was the section on the left hand side. I knew the tree would try my patience with all those greens but I’m happy with how it turned out and I didn’t need to unpick any errors so that’s good.

Stage 7

I must admit, in all the times I’ve been to Scotland, I’ve never seen blue water inland but that’s what the chart said to stitch. The cottages are beginning to make an appearance.

Stage 8 

They’ll have a small amount of back stitched detail but they’re already obviously cottages.

Stage 9

I didn’t notice while I was stitching but there’s a reflection of them in the water. Would there be a reflection from this viewpoint? I’m no artist so I’ve no idea if it looks OK.

If I can get another 3 small squares done for next time I’ll have more than half of the design stitched. I’m spending loads of time out in the garden at the moment and, if it wasn’t for the SAL, I’d be stitching far less than this. I’ll start at the bottom left hand side again and see how far I get. There should be more heather and sheep coming up.

Please also 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 16th February 2020.

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

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. Lots of progress! It’s a lovely design, though I agree with you about blue water in Scotland 🙂

  2. claire93

     /  January 26, 2020

    wow! that’s loads of progress and lots of colour changes to keep you on your toes!

  3. I love the colors on this, Avis, and you’ve made excellent progress. The garden already? Wow! We just started talking about what seeds to sprout under the grow lights for planting I the ground in April at the earliest!

    • Well, I’ve been building a new bench for the greenhouse as well as planting more spring bulbs. I’d only just finished all the planting and the prices dropped dramatically so I went mad and bought loads more…TWICE! I have a bulb addiction LOL. I’ve also got chilli, tomato and pepper seeds in the heated propagator. I couldn’t wait and it’s probably a mistake.

      • Bulbs are my favorites in the spring, but the deer eat all of them, so only a few hanging out in the garden proper by the garlic bed. I’ll be interested to see about your peppers, they usually like it hot!

        • So lovely have have deer in your garden but such a shame they like to eat bulbs. We have visiting foxes most nights and so far they haven’t been destructive, except for rocking the bird feeder pole out of the ground and stealing all the fat snacks. I’ve got my seeds starting in a heated propagator and when they’re big enough they’ll be potted on into bigger pots on my window sill indoors. I’ve just noticed today that one of the tomato Marmande variety has popped its head above the soil. I’m like a kid in a sweet shop :-).

  4. I’m not sure about the reflection either, but it’s super pretty anyway and adds interest and detail. Our winters are very mild so I have a garden year round. I LOVE being out there. Hopefully, I’ll get my bulbs in today.

  5. You have gotten so much done and it looks beautiful. This is truly stunning…I don’t know about the water of Scotland but the reflection of the cottages looks fine to me. How I would love to be staying in one of the cottages 🙂 oh gardens…they are calling to me but not yet 🙂

    • Yes, it’s too wet to start any proper gardening but I’ve now got some seeds starting in a heated propagator. Plus my bulb addiction made me buy far too many new ones (because they were very cheap) so that kept me busy for several days.

  6. Beautiful! Happy stitching !

  7. They probably call the addition of a reflection ‘artistic licence’. I think the overall picture works and I love the colours!

  8. I love the images and reflection though it is probably artistic license. Great work!

  9. Jocelyn Thurston

     /  January 26, 2020

    I too am quite taken with your mention of spending time in the garden. This as I look out at a white world with light snow falling and can only dream of the garden underneath! Enjoy.
    Meanwhile, you have moved this cottage piece along, Avis. I think poetic license can be applied with an artist’s design in terms of whether the reflection would really appear there. It is all so pretty.

    • Thank you Jocelyn. Maybe building a new work bench for the greenhouse and planting hundreds of spring bulbs (they were cheap so how could I not buy them?) doesn’t really count as gardening. I was out there enjoying the fresh air anyway. We haven’t had any snow this winter so far. I love to see it through the window but I hate driving in snow so I’m pleased we don’t have any at the moment.

  10. Christina

     /  January 26, 2020

    Wow! You’ve made so much progress on this piece! You’re probably right about the reflection, I don’t think it would be there naturally, but it’s beautiful none the less.

  11. I like the reflection. I don’t know if it’s realistic, but it looks fine to me. I do love reflections in water though, so I may be biased 🙂
    You have got a lot done this time. I’m loving the colours in this. It’s so pretty.

  12. Avis, this is gorgeous! I think the reflection is a lovely addition to the artwork. Thanks so much for all of the work you do behind the scenes for our SAL!

  13. I think it’s looking great and it doesn’t matter if it’s realistic as long as you like how it looks. I have to admit I’m two stitches out in my stitching, but didn’t bother to unpick, I’ll just adjust around them

  14. I too like the reflection! makes it more alive, even if it isn´t real life 🙂 Here we are still waiting for the winter, but I have some tomato plants (from last year) growing in my kitchen window!

  15. Wow lots of progress Avis! Beautiful!

  16. I think the reflection adds a bit of interest. You’ve done a great deal! I love bulbs but pretty much only have tulips and daffodils planted around a tree in my front garden. Here the squirrels dig them up and shift them around!

  17. I’m really liking the colours on this one, every update is a treat ! 😀

  18. Beautiful! I love the reflection in the water. I suppose if the sun was in the background, there would be a reflection. Even if not, I think it looks great.

  19. Luana Mendes

     /  February 16, 2020

    Hello! This landscape is wonderful! I’m Brazilian, so I’m sorry for my English. Here in Brazil we don’t have these anchor kits, so if you don’t ask for much, could you send me the graphic since embroidery, or just the colors used? I would love to be able to embroider this design; (

    • Hi Luana, thank you for visiting the blog. Unfortunately I can’t send a copy of the chart due to copyright reasons. However, Wool Warehouse has the kit in stock. Go to their web site and search for “Highlands Landscape”. They post to Brazil for a very reasonable price and always send out orders quickly. I hope this helps 🙂


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