Highlands Landscape – Stage 8

I’m Happy Dancing today!

This is where I was up to last time. It was still rolled around the frame at the top so you can’t see the sky yet.

Stage 21

Here it is with all the back stitching done. It’s finished :-).


My sister bought me this kit for my birthday and I think she made a great choice. I’ve really enjoyed stitching it and its brought back many memories of wonderful holidays spent in the Scottish Highlands.

The back stitching on the thistles in the foreground was a nightmare to do so I ended up doing my own thing. It’s worked on 14 count aida but the back stitching on the chart was anywhere but in the holes. I’m very happy with how it turned out. I think if I’d tried to follow the chart for the thistle details I would’ve still been stitching now. I did intend to have it all framed in time for the Happy Dance but the shop is closed temporarily. I’ll get it done as soon as I can and let you see it then.

Some readers might remember Helen who is rejoining the group after a break. I’m looking forward to seeing which project she’s chosen to stitch along with us. Welcome back Helen!

Please also take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the names 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 31st May 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, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. 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.

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  1. Yay! Enjoy your happy dance, it looks beautiful and I think you did a great job with the thistles! Looking forward to seeing what is next! Take care, Jenny xx

  2. Linda Sunderland

     /  May 10, 2020

    Avis, the finished project is wonderful. Gives me happy memories of holidays in Scotland too.

    • Thank you Lin. I just wish I could get it framed. I’ve done my own cheap framing on my last few pieces but I want a nice frame for this one.

  3. Hooray! That project is so pretty. I love how the sheep came to life and those thistles are beautiful. Doing your own thing came out perfectly.

  4. Happy dance,Avis! Beautiful face of the sheep and the boat on the shore! Curious about your new projects. Hugs!

    • Thank you Carmela. I think the boat is my favourite part. Next time, I’ll be starting a seascape. Your sampler is growing really fast! So pretty too 🙂

  5. It is such a gorgeous piece, I love the colors and the artwork is beautiful.

  6. Never been to Scotland but this is exactly how I have pictured it. Your sister gifted you the perfect kit. It turned out beautiful, the detail is amazing on this. What a great dance party with this one 🙂

  7. Congrats on the finish! It is so beautiful! I think your version of the backstitching looks great. Sometimes we have to do that with some designs. Great job. I can’t wait to see what you stitch next.

  8. He he he I have been watching this from the sidelines Avis and I hope your happy dance is a highland fling. I cannot wait to see what is next.
    Thank you for the warm welcome back. x

  9. claire93

     /  May 10, 2020

    woo hoo! a lovely piece that is deserving of the perfect frame!

  10. What a beautiful finish! Happy dancing with you! Whatever will you choose to stitch next? 😉

  11. Wow, the colours are gorgeous. Congrats on your happy dance!

  12. Christina

     /  May 11, 2020

    Hurray! Congrats on the finish! I love the way that little boat turned out. It’s my favorite part of the piece. Can’t wait to see what you start next 🙂

  13. Jocelyn Thurston

     /  May 11, 2020

    Congrats on a great finish. It’s a beauty, Avis.

  14. Congratulations on the finish. It’s fabulous!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous – makes me want to run away to Scotland and have me some of that landscape. Happy Dance for you and what will be next?

  16. Congratulations! It really is a beautiful piece!

  17. Avis, it’s so beautiful! I’m sitting next to the far smaller and simpler piece I stitched after our Scottish honeymoon in 2005 and your stitching makes so many memories come back. Congratulations!!!

  18. One Happy dance for you! It´s so beautiful and I love the thistle!!!!!!

  19. That looks fabulous. Congrats on a beautiful finish 🙂

  20. Congratulations, it’s beautiful.

  21. Just love the colours in this piece – so pretty. Congratulations on your finish!

  22. Avis, this is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on a gorgeous finish!


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