Woodland Sampler – Stage 6

It’s time for another SAL project update.  I’m stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 5

I’ve now completed the greenery and some sky under the butterfly.

Stage 6a

Also, continuing to the right, I added a bit more patchy sky, the head of a great spotted woodpecker and some leaves at the top.

Stage 6 

There’s nothing more to the right of the leaves. I’ll continue with the woodpecker so the top section is all stitched and then add all the back stitching to what I’ve done so far. That’s my goal anyway.

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 5th September 2021.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, 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. This is looking lovely Avis

  2. This is looking lovely and I hope that I do it the same justice when I eventually get to stitch this piece.

  3. claire93

     /  August 15, 2021

    I do love a woodpecker! And now we can see what squirrel is looking at, because it really does look like he’s saying hello to Woody!

  4. Carrie

     /  August 15, 2021

    I love how each individual takes shape within its own space. i have this one in my stash and you have inspired me to dig it out and give it some lovin!
    Great progress update

    • Well, if I inspired you to dig it out I’m surprised. It feels like all I’ve done is moan about it in previous updates. I hope you enjoy stitching it more than I do. There’s way too many fractional stitches for me liking.

  5. Cathie J

     /  August 15, 2021

    I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the woodpecker. I bet all these creatures really come to life with the back-stitching. You’ve been busy.

  6. Such great progress. I love this, it’s so adorable. We’ve had an owl over the last few weeks waking us up in the middle of night having quite a conversation with himself. He’s probably telling the squirrels get out of my tree. I like your animals all in harmony 🙂

    • I love owls. I’m regularly watching a live stream on Youtube and it’s like an owl soap opera. The cameras are on 24/7 from nests and feeding areas in Yorkshire. If you’re interested, the good thing for you would be that when the owls are active here (at night) you’ll be able to see all the nocturnal action during your daytime. We’re currently waiting on 7 barn owl eggs to hatch. Here’s a link to the stream if you haven’t had enough of your own owl.

  7. This is looking amazing! You’ve made fantastic progress.

  8. That squirrel looks like he’s telling Mr. Woodpecker a thing it two! These are so realistic, lovely work, Avis!

  9. Christina

     /  August 15, 2021

    Oh I love the woodpecker! One of my favorite birds. We get the red bellied woodpecker at my feeder from time to time. I love the shape of the tree leaves too. Great progress, Avis!

  10. Love the woodpecker (hackspett in Swedish). In the winter we have mr and mrs Woodpecker visiting us every day!

  11. witchylin

     /  August 16, 2021

    Now you have the owl finished apart from backstitch it is really looking great. The woodpecker will be a nice addition to this design.

  12. Oh the woodpecker is just lovely!

  13. It’s looking lovely Avis, the woodpecker looks just like the one which occasionally visits our garden

  14. The squirrel is definitely having a chat with the woodpecker. He’s probably asking him to stop tapping on his tree while he’s trying to have a nap 😉


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