Getting Ready – Stage 10

Good morning everyone,

It’s time for another update on the SAL project today. It’s from a kit by Design Works based on part of a painting by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 9

I’ve now squared off the centre bit to reveal part of a lady being held aloft!


I promised last time that the peach coloured splodges would become faces with a bit of backstitch. That’s better!


No prizes for guessing where I’ll be stitching next.

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 27th May 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

About the SAL

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. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.


Celtic style cushion kit and a gadget

Last summer I went browsing on the net after receiving a promotional email (as you do) and I ended up spending money (as I do). In the past, used to have really good regular sales. I bought this cushion kit in what is probably going to be their last really good sale, judging by their recent ones, which have had hardly any price reductions. Sew and So appears to have been taken over by another company because Paypal payments go to an entirely different place now. Anyway, I’ll still keep looking now and again but I don’t expect to find any more bargains. This however, was a fantastic bargain!


I paid less than £10 for this cushion kit. It finished at 16” x 16”. I didn’t post about it at the time because it was all finished before I could put it down and then I forgot about it. It was like stitching with rope. With only 5 holes per inch, it made up incredibly quickly. I think it only took a few nights to complete.

As you can see, there’s loads of lovely pre-cut wool and this kit has the canvas printed so it was really easy to do with no charts to follow. I’d definitely buy another Pako kit, even at full price. Look how clear the canvas is. In case you don’t already know, you simply stitch the colour that is printed on the crossover part of the grid. It’s easy! I’ve done the bit in the centre on this photo but then I got so into the rhythm that I didn’t take any more pictures until it was all done.


Here it is all finished but, like I said earlier, I forgot all about it so it isn’t made up into a cushion yet. I’ll let you see it when it’s done.


Thinking about the Pako brand (no affiliates whatsoever here), I do still love the needle organiser my daughter gave me a couple of years ago so it deserves a plug. It saves time changing threads when doing embroidery or cross stitch. You need to thread up several needles, each with one of the colours that you’re using and store them next to the relevant symbol in the holder. I’ve found cross stitching so much quicker to do since I got mine. The needles don’t fall out because they’re pushed into a foam insert made from the kind that florists use for flower arrangements. You just need to copy the symbols from your chart onto the card that slots in behind the holes and away you go.

Pako Pako Needle Organizer-10-inch x 2.25-inch x 2.5-inchI think this is probably the most time saving gadget I use at the moment for crafting. What’s your favourite time saving crafty gadget?


Today is the finale for my No words, just letters posts, except this one has more than just a credit to the designer. First of all, here is the letter Z.

Here is the finished sampler. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

IMG_20170701_120416It’s made from a kit by Design Works called ABC Bears. I’ve had so much fun stitching this design because, as you’ve seen in previous posts, completing each letter meant I could celebrate lots of mini finishes. The quality of the kit is superb with a clear chart and there’s plenty of threads leftover to make more nice things.

No words, just letters. Y is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.


No words, just letters. X is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.


No words, just letters. W is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.


No words, just letters. V is for…

ABC Bears by Design Words.


No words, just letters. U is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.


No words, just letters. T is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.


No words, just letters. S is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.