Woodland Sampler – Stage 12

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.

This is where I’m up to now.

The fawn is now completed except for a couple of stitches on the hooves.  I got the backstitching finished last night, just in time for today’s update. The blue triangle at the bottom is going to become another butterfly. Here’s a photo of the whole thing so far.

I hope to finish the doe for next time. I’ve been working on this most evenings and it’s paid off. In the past I’ve only done cross stitching in good daylight, which is a struggle to find at this time of year, but my electric light is good enough for this project. When the empty rectangle is completed at the bottom right it’ll only be half done. There’s such a long way to go with this project but it’s getting there.

Happy Christmas if you celebrate it. Our next updates will be posted on the 9th January 2022. That means I won’t see you again until next year. Best wishes for 2022!

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.

Avis, Claire, Gun, 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. You have made such good progress, Avis, especially as time can be very tricky to find at this time of the year. I love how soft your little critters look. It must be due to the great work you are doing with blending and shading the colours.

    • I’m simply following a chart so can’t take any credit. Some of the stitching is with one thread and some is with two which seems to work well. At least I managed to focus the photo this time 😉

  2. Cathie J

     /  December 19, 2021

    This is such a pretty piece. I am looking forward to seeing the doe. I wonder what other animals are coming in the future. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  3. witchylin

     /  December 19, 2021

    Looking great. Considering there is not a great deal of good light you are doing really well. I look forward to seeing the next section with the doe.

    • I’ve moaned about the lack of daylight at this time of year for decades, only to find I’ve had the perfect electric light all the time. It’s nice to be able to cross stitch all year for a change 🙂

  4. You made wonderful progress Avis. I especially love and am partial to the Fawn (as my daughter is named Fawn) Winter months are a light problem here, I am done crafting by 4/4:30. It’s dark and my indoor lighting is the worst. A wonderful holiday to you and your family and thank you for your commitment to this fabulous SAL. So appreciated

  5. This is getting better and better. I still love the owl and the fox best to date. Thank you for organising this SAL – it has helped me generate a lot of stitches – very much appreciated. Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

  6. Avis, this is such a stunning piece! It is going to be magnificent when you finish it. Beautiful stitching!

  7. It’s beautiful! The deer is gorgeous, you always make such good progress! Merry Christmas and thanks for organising this SAL.

  8. This looks so close to a finish – such a lovely design. Merry Christmas and hope to see you all in the New Year.

  9. I have found I get to do a lot more stitching now that I have an OTT light too- they are a godsend! Good work on getting so much done:)

  10. Such a great piece, Avis. I love that fawn, so realistic!

  11. Wow! I´m impressed 🙂

  12. claire93

     /  December 20, 2021

    can’t believe how much you got done this time – putting me to shame ^^

  13. You’ve made great progress this update and I think it’s looking beautiful. It’s a lovely design for sure. Merry Christmas in advance, I hope to make another post for it but I know bot everybody will visit 😀


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