Woodland Sampler – Stage 7

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 6

I’ve now stitched right across the top quarter of the design.

Stage 7a

I can honestly say if it wasn’t for the fact that my sister bought this kit for me, plus the motivation and virtual whip cracking of this SAL, I think this project would’ve been destined for the back of a cupboard. I spent all of my crafting time on this for the last two whole weeks and two days. Claire has been cheering me along throughout so she deserves special credit, especially when I finally got to do the back stitching. You’ll be pleased (but not as pleased as I am) that I’ve completed all the back stitching HURRAY! I hope you can see the difference. If not, click and zoom because it was way too much effort to miss, particularly on the owl’s head. What a nightmare!

Stage 7b

My plan (when I recover) is to begin stitching under the owl and work across as usual. One of my favourite animals is coming up next and there’s not too much back stitch. Any guesses what it’ll be?

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. Laura is taking a break for a while so her link has been omitted. I hope she’ll be back soon. 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 26th September 2021.

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

     /  September 5, 2021

    this is the kind of project that is great for the SAL and definitely making you plod on so that you have good progress to show each time!

  2. Cathie J

     /  September 5, 2021

    Wow, you have gotten a lot stitched. This is beautiful. The backstitching always makes the picture pop. Can’t wait to see more animals.

  3. The back stitching really ramps it up! Go Avis!

  4. This is really taking shape and that back stitching like Kathy says really ramps it up. You’ve made great progress – you’re on a roll. No idea what the favorite might be 🙂

  5. It is coming along nicely – backstitching can be a chore but it always makes the design “pop” so worth the hassle. Badger, Hedgehog, Fawn who knows?

  6. I love how this is turning out so I’m glad you’ve kept pushing. Not sure what your favourite animal is coming up next..I’ll be curious to see the update.

  7. Looking good, Avis! Your owl is wonderful, and I can see why she would have been a tricky one to sew. The next animal? I think I can discount a koala!

  8. Completing all the back stitching is quite the feat! It is definitely my least favourite part of a project!

  9. Great! I can really spot the different and if it wasn´t for the Woodland I would guess the next animal is a cat 🙂 So I´m so wrong, but wouldn´t it be nice to have a cat in the wood! 🙂

  10. Hi Avis, have I missed a posting. So sorry, got tied up with going back to school and completely missed any emails. Am I still in the group or do I now have to stop?


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