Tiny Treasures – Stage 3

Tiny Treasures was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 2

Claire really pushed the boat out and suggested adding 8 more boxes for this stage. My boat almost sank but I managed….just LOL.

Stage 3

Here’s a close-up view.

Stage 3 Close up

I’m much happier with the green now but I’m still adding a lot more stitching than the chart shows. I’m committed to stitching the whole lot more densely (now that I’ve started) or the finished piece won’t look balanced. Thankfully, the designer encourages stitchers to do their own thing. My version is definitely “inspired by” and I’m really pleased Claire found the free chart for me to play around with.

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. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 25th October 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, 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.

Tiny Treasures – Stage One

I love starting a new project. Getting the first stitches onto an empty piece of cloth is always fun for me. Most of the time I prefer to make something from a kit because I don’t have to think about the fabric or threads I need to use. Sometimes, when I have to choose for myself,  it takes forever to make a decision and this one took FOREVER! Thankfully, I got there in the end but I was left with a lot of tidying up to do because I had my very organised thread stash turned completely upside down. These are my chosen colours which you saw last time.

Thread selectionSeveral years ago, Claire hosted some blackwork SALs and I was quickly hooked. We’ve stitched a few more designs together since then and I’ve enjoyed every one. Claire recently found this one called Tiny Treasures and we’ve agreed to stitch it together for this SAL. It was designed by  Liz Almond  and the chart is a free download from Blackwork Journey. The good thing is that it can be stitched as a rectangle or a square and the designer encourages stitchers to make changes if they wish.

This is where I’m up to so far.

Stage 1The green isn’t showing up very well in the photo but it looks nice in real life. I’ve changed a few bits and pieces here and there and I’m probably going to add some more green to the border but I’ve got plenty of time to think about it. I’ll wait until the rest is finished. That’s me putting off making another decision!

I’ve chosen to stitch the rectangular version which finishes at about 10 x 26 inches. I think it’ll be a good shape to hang vertically on the narrow wall in our hallway. The more I look at the chart, the more I keep thinking of other handmade items the individual designs would look good on. I’m sure they’d be lovely for cards, coasters, bookmarks etc. It really is a very versatile chart.

Anyway, I’ll be working left to right and top to bottom. Watch it grow!

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. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 13th September 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, 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.

Paddy’s Cove – Happy Dance!

It’s time to share an update on the Paddy’s Cove cross stitch and I’m pleased to announce it’s finished! Designer credits are here. This is where I was up to last time. Stage 3

I only had the top right quarter plus the backstitching left to do. This is how it looked before the backstitching.

Stage 4

Here it is with the backstitching all finished.

Finished with back stitching

Did you spot all three birds before the back stitching was done? I made a few changes to the design because I’m not a fan of the jagged style of back stitching that was shown on the chart. I don’t mind that style on lettering etc., but, for me, this design needed smooth lines so that’s what I stitched. I had to think about it a bit but it was worth it. I’ve got the look I wanted. I also omitted a few more seagulls that were made from backstitched lines. I stitched one and didn’t like it so I unpicked and left the rest out. There’s some sparkly thread in the water where the sunset is but it doesn’t show up on the photo so you’ll need to use your imagination for that.

By now you’re probably wondering which project I’ll be doing next. Here are the threads and fabric I’ll be using.

Thread selection

The Threadworx one at the top is variegated and it’s called Morning meadows. I’ve used it before when I stitched this Ink Circles design called Cirque des Coeurs.

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I’m teasing you a bit because my next project will be nothing like this.

Me and Claire (who is also Happy Dancing today) have chosen something completely different. We’ll both be stitching the same design but in our own choice of colours. All will be revealed next time. I hope you can take the suspense!

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. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 23rd August 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, 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.

Paddy’s Cove – Stage 3

It’s time to share an update on the Paddy’s Cove cross stitch. Designer credits are here. This is where I was up to last time. The left hand side of the design area was all finished.

Stage 2

I’ve now completed the bottom right quarter. It’s growing fast 🙂

Stage 3

If all goes to plan I’ll be Happy Dancing next time. There’s nowhere near as much to stitch in the top right quarter but the back stitching details might pose a bit of a challenge. I’ll think about that when I get there.

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. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 2nd August 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, 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.

Paddy’s Cove – Stage 2

 

It’s time to show an update on the Paddy’s Cove cross stitch. Designer credits are here. This is where I was up to last time which shows about one quarter of the design area.

Stage 1

I continued stitching like crazy since the last update and managed to reach my next target of getting all of the left hand side completed. This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 2My plan is to continue stitching to the right, so that’ll be the bottom right quarter of the picture. Let’s hope I can stay on track.

Sadly, we’re saying goodbye to Sherrie and Jocelyn this time but the rest of the group are posting updates today. 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. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 12th July 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, 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.

Paddy’s Cove – Stage 1

Hurray! It’s SAL update day today and I’ve started a new project. It’s called Paddy’s Cove by Elsa Williams. The kit was given to me by my lovely friend Lin, who was clearing out her stash. I was the lucky recipient of several of her kits and supplies. You’ll have seen some of them before as I’ve already completed them for SAL projects.

This design uses whole cross stitches and it should finish at about 14” x 10”. It isn’t full coverage like the Highlands Landscape so it should be a fairly quick one to do.

Paddy's Cove coverI’ve folded the chart into 4 and the plan is to stitch about 1/4 for each update. Here’s the first part. Stage 1

I’ll continue to stitch down the left hand side for next time and hopefully get to the bottom by then. I’m not keen on the way the back stitching is done on this design so I’m leaving it all until the end and then I’ll decide how to tackle it.

Please also take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group 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 June 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, 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.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 7

It’s time to show an update on the Highlands Landscape cross stitch. Designer credits are here. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 18

You’ll be pleased to know the cross stitching is all finished now.

Stage 21

There’s just the back stitching details to add and then I’ll take it off the frame and let you see the whole thing. I expect to be Happy Dance next time :-).

We’ve got a new member to welcome into the group today. Her name is Sherrie and you’ll be able to check out her blog by clicking her link below. I’m looking forward to seeing which project she’s chosen to complete for the SAL.

Please also take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group 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 10th May 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie

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.

Highlands Landscape – Stage 4

Short and sweet this time…

It’s time to show you another update on the Highlands Landscape. Here’s where I was up to last time.

Stage 9

I continued stitching along the bottom from the left hand side as usual. Plenty of lovely purples in this bit.

Stage 10

Ooh! More purples and sheep.

Stage 11

This is where I’m up to now.

Stage 12

The sheep will have some back stitched detail which I’ll do at the end with all the rest.

Please take a look at the latest SAL project updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. A warm welcome back to Jenny! 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 8th March 2020.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, 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 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 – Happy Dancing!

I’m Happy Dancing today and there’s at least two other SAL members joining me this time. The Cut Thru Garden Shed by Bothy Threads is finally finished.

This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 19b

Here’s the last bit before the back stitching was done. There’s also a bit that isn’t visible along the top edge as it was still on the frame at this point.

Stage 20a 

Here it is off the frame and with the back stitch completed. Ta-daaa!

Stage 20b

I’m really pleased with this one and I’ve enjoyed every minute of stitching it. Having started to stitch this in October 2018, I’m very happy to finally have it done and ready to frame. It’ll soon be hanging alongside my other two from this series. You might have already seen them in previous posts.

Here’s a quick reminder…

The first one I stitched was the Cut Thru Camper Van. There’s actually two versions of this design available now. They’re quite easy to tell apart. I bought the one with the most detail. Not the best photo.

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My favourite of all three is the Narrow Boat. Again, the photo was taken through glass so it isn’t the best.

I’ve got two more Cut Thru designs in my stash but my next project isn’t going to be one of those. I’ll show you what I’ve chosen for my new SAL project next time. It’s something completely different for me, a landscape. It certainly won’t take me more than a year to complete it!

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 15th December 2019.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, 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 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 13

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. No idea why the background is so blue.

Stage 12b

Here’s my next splodgy square. The raincoat and brolly are complete. That’s easy to see………but what’s that in the middle?

Stage 13a

It’s much clearer now. Did you get it before scrolling down?

Stage 13b

I’ve been doing a few jobs around the house and garden lately and I’ve been talking to my 14 healthy sunflower plants every day. I would’ve had 15 if the stupid wood pigeon hadn’t attempted acrobatics on top of one plant. He snapped the top six inches off, including the flower bud! Anyway, this morning I went for my usual wander around the garden and found one of the buds was opening. Sunflowers make me smile.

IMG_20190629_091109832 As you can see, it’s a very healthy specimen. It isn’t fully open yet but it’s looking good so far. This is a small variety called Helios Flame. It stands about 30 inches tall. I’ve got all the plants in a bed quite close together and haven’t needed to stake them yet. I’ll see how they go as the flowers open because they’ll be quite heavy. Hopefully the seeds will develop and the birds (pigeons are not invited) can have a feast. Do you have a favourite, easy to grow flower? If you have any suggestions I might give them a try next year.

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 21st July 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.