Woodland Sampler – Stage 13

Happy New Year everyone!

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 doe is completed except for the legs.  There wasn’t much back stitching to do so that’s finished as well. Thank you to everyone who recommended keeping up with the backstitching. I’m going to be glad I followed advice by the time I get to the end. Here’s a photo of the whole thing so far.

I think it’s all greenery in the section below the doe and there’s more of that to the right so it’ll be quite boring to watch this one grow for a while.

Our next updates will be posted on the 30th January 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. Cathie J

     /  January 9, 2022

    That doe is beautiful. You have made a lot of progress the last three weeks.

  2. witchylin

     /  January 9, 2022

    It is coming on a treat. Doing the backstitch makes the whole section stand out and look completed.

  3. Fab progress, looks lovely

  4. Avis, that center is really lovely, it will be a nice focal point for the piece.

  5. claire93

     /  January 9, 2022

    look at you bombing along with this piece ^^

  6. Every time I see this one Avis it makes me want to get my own woodland piece finished. xx

  7. Avis, this is such a gorgeous piece! I’m sure stitching the greenery may feel more boring, but I am eager to see it all fill in. Lovely work!

    • The greenery to the right isn’t full coverage so it should go a bit quicker but the dreaded three quarter stitches will be back with a vengeance! That might slow me down.

  8. Such wonderful progress. Every forest creature is so adorable. I love that your doing the back stitching as you go, it really makes the project pop even though it’s not done yet.

    • Yes, I think I’ll always back stitch as I go from now on. I love all the animals too. I’m sure I’ll stitch some of them separately in future for smaller projects.

  9. Christina

     /  January 9, 2022

    Wow the deer and the middle greenery looks very detailed and lots of color changing. I’m sure that was time consuming. Gorgeous nonetheless 😻

  10. The doe is so pretty. I love how she is looking directly at us. Enjoy the greenery ~ maybe think of it as a meditative time ☺️

    • Haha! Meditative LOL. I’m not sure I see three quarter stitches as very relaxing. I’ll keep telling myself, this is supposed to be fun and hope I can convince myself.

  11. I really like this project! The animals are so cute!

  12. Join me in stitching green. I love all the cute creatures in this piece.

  13. Im loving watching it grow. Some sound advice given to do backstitch as you go, that’s what I’ve been doing for years and it helps me spot mistakes more easily too (or decide how to cover them up haha)

    • I always used to leave it to the end and never minded but then my sister bought me several kits with back stitching that doesn’t go through the holes in the fabric so I’ve had to change tack.

  14. Happy New Year! You have made tremendous progress on this piece. It is looking fabulous!

    • Thank you. I can’t believe I’m still not half way yet. I’ve been knitting and sewing at the same time as stitching this piece so that’s why it’s growing slowly.

  15. Such a gorgeous design and you’re making great progress as usual! it’s a good idea to back-stitch as you go along, I think I might do that with my sewing room sampler.

  16. It is looking gorgeous, but the squirrel is still my favourite!

  17. Gorgeous! You are getting along nicely with this one.


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