Tiny Treasures – Happy Dance

It’s time for another SAL update. Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the original chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 11

As you can see there were only 8 boxes to complete so me and Claire decided to sprint to the finish line. We did it!

Stage 12

This is why we’re Happy Dancing this time 🙂 It’s a long way to scroll down!


As usual I made the process so much more difficult for myself by changing and adding to lots of the original designs from the beginning. Once I’d started to make everything more densely stitched to suit my thread choice I had to keep it up or the top bit would’ve looked wrong. I struggled towards the end to redesign or come up with something completely different from the original but I managed. All the boxes and flowers are different. There’s 70 flowers and 52 boxes. I think I’ll finish it up as a wall hanger. If not, it’ll be framed but I’m not in any hurry to get it done. 

The design finished at 10 x 27 inches but you could choose any number of the boxes and flowers to make something a more suitable size for your needs. It’s been a very enjoyable project to stitch, especially as the chart and instructions are so clear.

Do you want to know what I’m going to stitch next? OK then, I’ll tell you. I’d already pulled something out of my stash and put it to one side ages ago but then it was my birthday and my sister bought me this gorgeous kit. It’s a cross stitch design featuring some of my favourite animals, namely foxes and hedgehogs. I think it’ll take a long time to stitch this one but it’s perfect for the SAL in that it has several different animals that I can do in stages.

Woodland Sampler

I know Claire is also Happy Dancing today and there’s bound to be others as well.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their 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 2nd May 2021.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, 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. claire93

     /  April 11, 2021

    if we both decide to go for a wall-hanging finish, maybe we can motivate each other for that, when the time comes?

  2. witchylin

     /  April 11, 2021

    Yeah! Finished. I can see you happy dancing around the house. All those changes have worked out well in the end. Onward and Upward for the next project.

  3. Happy Dance congrats on s brilliant finish

  4. Cathie J

     /  April 11, 2021

    Yay! This piece is so pretty and you definitely succeed with your additions! Love the new SAL piece!

  5. ccflo3

     /  April 11, 2021

    Such a beautiful finish. I love it. The new start looks really fun. Enjoy.

  6. Spectacular finish! Happy dancing along with you 🙂 Love the new SAL project.

  7. Congratulations on a wonderful finish, it’s so elegant with just the two colours. Love the new kit:-)

  8. Congratulations Avis! It’s a beautifully wrought piece, and I love your next one as well.

  9. Congrats on the finish- it looks fantastic! I can’t imagine how you came up with so many different designs to fill it in. Your next project looks so cute!

    • I just took the thread for a walk and kept adding as I went. A lot of the original boxes were added to, just to make the stitching more dense but some are my own. The flowers were the hardest to change.

  10. Congratulations on finishing, but I will miss seeing this lovely work every couple of weeks. I admire your choice of next project, as there is a lot of stitching to happen!

    • It’s not full coverage but there’s plenty of fractional stitches to keep me on my toes and I’m already dreading stitching all the prickles on the hedgehog.

  11. Oh, Avis — it’s glorious! Congratulations on your well-earned happy dance. I also love your next project, as I have a soft spot for red squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs, badgers… basically all of them. 🙂

    • Me too. My garden camera caught two foxes jumping over my fence last night and on another clip there were two hedgehogs doing the paso doble. Maybe they were joining me in my Happy Dance 😉

  12. Wow and is yours stunning too Avis. You and Claire always amaze me with your stitching talent. Lovely job!

  13. YES! I´ll do a Happy Dance for you and Claire! Now I´ll start on my Blackwork Journey! Your new project is looking fantastic!!!!!

  14. Great design and I think I like you colours the best. I have the same cross stitch design as your next project on my to do list. I bought it ages ago but never got round to putting it on a frame.

    • That’s great 🙂 Look closely at the chart before you think about starting it (whenever that is). I’ve just started on the owl and most of its head is fractional stitches. I couldn’t get the needle through the middle of the aida so I bought some 32 count evenweave. It’s still a nightmare. I’ve laso found that the chart isn’t good quality. I unfolded and refolded one of the pages ONCE and the print is already rubbing off. As if the fractionals weren’t enough, the back stitching on the owl and hedgehog are crazy. I do love the design but I expected better from Anchor, especially as this is an expensive kit.

  15. Christina

     /  April 12, 2021

    Congrats on the finish, Avis! It was quite a scroll to capture that image lol. I think a wall hanging sounds lovely! But oh my, I LOVE the woodland sampler. I love all things that have to do with cute animals 😀 Can’t wait to see you stitch it!

    • Thank you Christina. Me too. I’ve got two wildlife cameras in the garden and the first thing I do every morning is look to see what’s been going on while I was sleeping 🙂

      • Christina

         /  April 13, 2021

        How fun!! What’s the most common occurrence?

        • Foxes and hedgehogs are here most nights, sometimes at the same time. The hedgehogs woke up after hibernation a few days ago and they’re already doing the paso doble (courtship dance). I’m hoping for hoglets in a few weeks time.

  16. Congrats on a brilliant finish. It looks beautiful, and yes, it was quite a scroll to get to the bottom 🙂
    I love the new project. We had a fox in the garden last week. I watched him for ages. He was a beauty ❤

  17. Simplyt beautiful! Congrats!
    And your next to do is another great design.


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