Garden Shed – Stage 6

Here is my SAL update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch kit. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

February already? How did that happen? It’s been rather chilly up north these past few days but still lovely and sunny. No snow so far, hurray!

On with the SAL update…

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 5d

I’ve now done the next section on the far left. Here it is so far without the back stitch done. Lots of splodgy stitching.

Stage 6a

This is how it looks after the back stitched detail has been added. Much better!

Stage 6b

I’m not keen on how the cat seems to have only half a face but I checked the chart and the original kit photo and that’s how it’s supposed to be. I’m really liking all the little critters that keep popping up in this design. I’ll be continuing along to the right for the next update.

Welcome to Carmela and Jocelyn who are joining us for the first time today. Please click the names below to see what all the members have been up to in the last three weeks. 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 24th February 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn

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.

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Garden Shed – Stage 5

Here is my SAL update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch kit. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 4b

There’s a mistake on this one!

Stage 5a

It didn’t take long to put it right. Can you see what went wrong?

Stage 5b

Here it is so far without the back stitch done.

Stage 5c

Here it is after the back stitch. I know you love the big reveal.

Stage 5d

That’s the top of the roof all done now. Next time I’ll be working on the section underneath at the far left.

A warm welcome to Mary Margaret who is returning to the SAL after a long break. We also have two new members, Renee and Jenny. Links to their blogs are included in the list below. Please click the names to see what all the members have been up to in the last three weeks. 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 3rd February 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny

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.

Garden Shed – Stage 4

Here is my SAL update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch kit. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 3b

This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 4a 

Here it is with the back stitch detail completed. Two jazzy snails and a butterfly!

Stage 4b

Next time I’ll be stitching the last section of the roof line at the right hand side. I’m only spending a couple of evenings every three weeks on these small sections so it’s quite easy going and fun to do.

Have a lovely time if you celebrate Christmas. Don’t forget to leave a carrot out for Rudolph and a glass of something warming for Santa. I hope he brings you lots of lovely crafting supplies if that’s what would make you smile 🙂 Best wishes to all for 2019!

As usual, it’s worth hopping around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. You never know, you might be inspired to make something too. 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 13th January 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, HayleyMegan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare

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.

Garden Shed – Stage 3

Here is my update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 2b

I continued working along to the right. Here it is before the back stitching was done.

Stage 3a Here it is with the back stitching all finished.

Stage 3b

I’ll keep going across the top of the roof line for next time. Back down the other side of the sloping roof to the right will mean a smaller amount to stitch but the more stitch intensive sections will be here in no time. I’m not in a hurry to finish this one.

As usual, it’s worth hopping around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. You never know, you might be inspired to make something too. 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 23rd December 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare

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.

Garden Shed SAL – Stage 2

Here is my update on the Cut Thru Garden Shed cross stitch. Designer credits are here. If you need a reminder of how it’ll all turn out in the end, you’ll find a photo in this post.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 1b

I continued working along to the right. Here it is before the back stitching was done.

Stage 2a

Here it is with the back stitching all finished.

Stage 2bI’ll keep going across the top of the roof line for next time. There’s a bit more stitching to do in the next section.

As usual, it’s worth hopping around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. You never know, you might be inspired to make something too. 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 2nd December 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare

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.

Getting Ready – Happy Dancing!

 

Woohoo! It’s finished at last! This Design Works kit is from an artwork by Ronald West.

This is where I was up to last time. There was still quite a bit to do but me and Claire wanted to finish at the same time so we made a run for the finish line together.

Stage 16

There was a lot of stitching to do in this section but it was plain sailing with so few colours in the blackboard. I got that done much faster than I’d expected to.

Stage 18 a

There wasn’t too much back stitching to complete either. Just the writing on the board and a few outlines but it does make a difference.

Stage 18 bHere’s the finished result. As you can see, it’s off the frame so you can see the whole picture now.

Stage 18 c

It’s been a fun project to stitch but I really didn’t expect it to take almost a year to complete. The first post for this one was dated 8th October 2017. Maybe if we’d realised it would take that long, we would’ve chosen something else.

One of the best things about this project was the price of the kit which was only £5. Total bargain! I’ve done a few Design Works kits now and they’ve all been great quality. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more (especially in a sale).

It’s been great fun working on this at the same time as Claire because we could chivvy each other along. I might not have been so motivated if it hadn’t be for her and the rest of the SAL members who’ve been so patient, watching it grow so slowly. Thanks for all the encouragement folks!

The best bit about finishing a project is that I get to start a new one. I think a few SAL members will be starting something new this time. Me and Claire have both looked in our stashes and we’ve decided to do different projects for once. I bet you can’t believe it LOL. We’ve tried to choose something of similar size and hope to finish together as usual but the kits we’ll be doing are very different.

This is what I’ve pulled out to start very soon. I’ve had it in the drawer for ages and it’s time it saw the light of day. I love the Bothy Threads Cut Thru Designs. The original design was by Amanda Loverseed.

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I’ve made a working copy of the chart and chopped it up like I did for the last project. I’ll be sticking to the same method of stitching a square at a time. It helps to motivate me. This one is worked on 16 hpi aida so it’ll be a little finer to stitch than the last one. That suits me.

I’ve already stitched two of the Cut Thru series and have a few more in my stash. I know, I’m very naughty but when I see a bargain I can’t resist. The ones I’ve already done are the Narrowboat…

cimg3184_thumb …and the Camper Van.

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They were both fun to stitch and I think the Garden Shed will be too. I’ll be starting at the top so there won’t be too much stitching to show next time as a lot of that section is unstitched sky. It’ll give me a chance to get used to stitching 16 hpi again and also time to do other things. First I need to catch up with all the other blogs and see what everyone else has been up to over the last 3 weeks.

Please hop around the rest of the lovely SAL blogs by clicking the names below. 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 21st October 2018.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie

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.

New England House – Winter etc.

Hello everyone,

Just a quickie to show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. It’s the fourth New England House by Bothy Threads. Their kits are a dream to stitch. I found working with the three different shades of white quite challenging but it was worth it.

First page done…1Second page…2Third…3Fourth…4… and finally, the backstitching and beads.5

I’m really pleased with how Winter has turned out. The photos don’t do it justice because the snow has a bit of icy sparkle and there’s beads in the door wreath and on the garlands.

I’ve really enjoyed stitching this set. Here are the others in case you missed them earlier.

This one is SpringSpringHe comes SummerSummer 5This is FallFall

They are all being gifted to my sister. She loved the first one so much that I simply had to complete the set. I was supposed to be stitching them, one for each year but I couldn’t help myself.

What next I wonder? Will I return to the ABC Bears or something completely different? Maybe I should get on with the SAL project first or something new from the stash. I love to start new projects. So much choice!

New England House – Summer

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you are enjoying a lovely, relaxing, crafting Sunday. I’m so excited because I’ve just finished the 3rd New England House. This has been such a quick design to stitch by Bothy Threads.

Here’s how it grew, quarter by quarter, and the final photo also includes all the back stitched details.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Summer 3

Summer 4

Summer 5

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the bottom left bird box moved between the 4th and 5th photos. It wasn’t until I did the backstitch that I realised I’d stitched the box in the wrong place so it had to be unpicked and stitched again.

That’s three down and one to go so I hope my sister hasn’t been out shopping for frames yet. It would be nice to have Winter stitched up quickly and then she can display them all together. There’s a lot of white stitching on the Winter design plus some shiny thread and a few beads so it could take longer than this one to finish.

This is actually my second cross stitch finish of the year so far. I can’t show you the first one until 29th January because it’s my SAL project and we only update every three weeks. I put the finishing touches to it yesterday.

There’s plenty of cross stitch Happy Dancing going on here. I wish I could say the same for patchwork. My machine probably thinks I’ve ran away! I can’t remember the last time I switched it on.

Keeping me out of trouble

Hello everyone,

You might remember that I stitched one of Bothy Threads New England Houses for my sister’s birthday last year. There’s one for each season and this one is Spring.

Spring

Well, she loved it and asked me to stitch the other three season’s houses for her next three birthdays. So, her present for 2016 was Fall. I wasn’t able to show it to you until her birthday had passed.

FallI’m now busy with Summer. It’s very easy to stitch and, as is usual with Bothy Threads kits, it’s very well put together with a clear chart and quality materials. No, I’m not getting paid for the review. I just love everything by Bothy Threads :-).

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I did pick up winter to start 3rd but there’s a lot of white stitching and some sparkly thread in that one so I thought it would be better to wait until there’s some proper daylight. Anyway, Summer is growing really fast. I don’t think my sister will be waiting for another two birthdays before she has them all.

Another Happy Dance

Good afternoon everyone,

Just a few words and a photo of my latest finish by Bothy Threads. It is part of a series of four New England houses, one for each season and this one is for Spring. I really enjoyed stitching it and hope to get it in a frame very soon. In case you know this design, I omitted the weather vane on the roof because I wasn’t keen on it. Typical eh?

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I’ve just started a new sampler by Design Works called ABC Bears and I’ll show you progress when I’ve finished the letter A.

Avis x