Garden Shed – Stage 14

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 13b

I thought I might miss my own target of completing one square this time but I managed with a day to spare. Here’s the splodgy version. I wonder how many things you can make out this time.

Stage 14a

Here it is with the back stitched detail.

Stage 14b

I did think the green ball was a cabbage at first. Just one more square to the right to complete for next time and then I’ll be 75% done. The next row along the bottom shows a cross section of the shed floor and what lurks beneath.

The jobs around the garden have continued over the last three weeks. My experience with a “swarm” of cabbage white butterflies would’ve made a very comical silent movie I’m told. Silent, because by the time I’d finished the air was a little blue. No idea what the collective noun for butterflies is by the way.

Anyway, the Brussels sprouts were just about touching the top of the protective net. I thought it would be a good idea to put a strip of very lightweight horticultural fleece between the leaves and the net to stop the CWBs laying eggs on them. When I removed the net, literally for only a few minutes while I cut the fleece, the cabbage white butterflies descended on my brassicas! They appeared from all directions and refused to leave!! I shooed one away, two came back and so on… How did they know the net was off? Anyway, once the net was back on I did a quick check underneath and I’d managed to trap a butterfly inside with my precious sprouts! Nobody messes with my sprouts, so there followed a repeat performance of my Basil Fawlty impression. I only hope none of the butterflies had time to lay eggs. I’ll keep an eye out for pesky caterpillars.

I’m including a photo of my mini field of gold. I know there are amazing real fields of gold but I only had 15 seeds. They have all flowered but I couldn’t stand any further back because of a wall. Here’s some of the results which are successes in my eyes.

8th July 2019 

Thank you for all your suggestions in the comments last time, giving me loads of ideas for easy flowers to grow next year. I’ll definitely be giving them a try.

Please enjoy the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links 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 11th August 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

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 10

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 9b

Here’s where I’m up to now. I’ve reached the half way point. Hurray! As usual, it’s all splodgy until the back stitch detail is done.

Stage 10a

Here it is with all the back stitching done. That poor bird looks like it’s losing its balance over a worm 🙂

Stage 10b

I’ll be starting the third row from the left hand side next. It’s feeling like proper progress has been made.

I’m not doing much crafting generally at the moment. My mojo has ran away! It’s months since I switched the sewing machine on. I started a crocheted blanket recently but it’s already too warm to crochet aran yarn now that spring is here. It’s now all bagged up and waiting for the autumn to arrive when I’ll be glad of a growing blanket to sit under in the evenings. I’ll just have to keep cross stitching until I’m enthused or inspired to do something else.

Jess is taking a break from the SAL for a while but her blog is still well worth visiting in the meantime. Come back soon Jess!

Please click the names below to see what all the other 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 19th May 2019.

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

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 7

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 6b

The next section is fully stitched so it was quite a lot to get finished in between other projects this time. I’m trying to stick to my plan. Time will tell whether I can keep up the pace. Here’s the next wishy washy square which looks even worse than usual because the photo was taken in poor electric light.

Stage 7a

Here it is in daylight with the outlining.

Stage 7b

The only critter to join in this time is the dangly spider ugh! I’ll keep stitching to the right for next time.

Welcome to Sharon who is 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 17th March 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, Sharon

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 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.

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.