Woodland Sampler – Happy Dance!

It’s time for the final update on this SAL project.  I finished stitching the Woodland Sampler by Anchor. The design number is PCE958.

This is where I was up to last time. The hedgehog was making an appearance.

I finished the hedgehog including all the backstitched prickles. It was a bit of a nightmare but I kept going because the finish line was in sight.

Here’s the whole picture.

I’m so pleased it’s finished. I must say a huge thank you to everyone in the SAL (and other commenters) because you’ve all been so encouraging. I don’t have WIPs as a rule but there were times when I didn’t feel like stitching this project any more. My sister must be tired of listening to me moaning about it but I can assure her it was a great choice of gift and I really do appreciate it. I love all the wild animals so it’s perfect. Somehow I don’t think she’ll be buying me another Anchor kit.

I must admit it’s been worth the effort. I love the finished picture. It’s with the framer as I write. I’ll be picking it up on Friday so I’ll share a photo in the next update.

What next? Well, it’s a project I’ve been wanting to do for ages and it’ll be so much easier to stitch than the Woodland Sampler. It’s completely different and a bit of a stash buster by choice. I’m looking forward to it.

Cindy has returned to the SAL after a short break. Please check out what everyone has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences as we’re posting today at local time.



Our next updates will be posted on the 28th August 2022.

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. May I be the first to offer huge congratulations on your happy dance. You have completed it all in such a short time too, so well done Avis.. xx

  2. Congrats on your HAPPY DANCE. This has been worth all the hard work and what type of frame have you chosen?

  3. Congratulations on a great finish, it’s beautiful, I love the detail in the animals. Well done!

  4. Just gorgeous! Brought a smile to my face when I saw your finish! Congrats on such a lovely finish!

  5. claire93

     /  August 7, 2022

    well done Avis! You did a brilliant job, and how disciplined you were, to never give up and keep on going. Well worth all the frustration of back stitch!

  6. Congratulations!! Woodland Sampler is so beautiful. I love all the animals and plants! I can’t wait to see the frame you have chosen.

  7. Congatulations! I love this design. 🙂

  8. Christina

     /  August 7, 2022

    Hurray! I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to see it back from the framers!

  9. Oh very nice Avis!

  10. So, One Happy Dance for you! I don´t know witch animal I like most. Maybe the Badger or the Fox or the Owl or……… 🙂

  11. Yaaaaaay ! That was a difficult project but we’ll worth it. Those animals are beautiful and will make a wonderful addition to your walls! Looking forward to the next project

    • Deciding where to hang it will be difficult. I recently realised I’d actually stopped seeing a lot of my pictures because they’ve been in the same place for years. I’m going to have a switch around and enjoy seeing them all again when I pick up this one.

  12. 👏👏👏👏 well done. Its marvellous

  13. Cathie J

     /  August 9, 2022

    Congratulations on this finish. It is gorgeous. I can understand why the hedgehogs quills were so annoying to stitch. I look forward to seeing it framed and to see your next project.

  14. Congratulations, Avis! I love all the details in the animals — especially that sweet squirrel and badger. Looking forward to seeing the next project as well as this one all framed up and ready to hang.


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