Cirque des Triangles – Stage 1

Hello everyone,

The last three weeks have flown by. I’ve been very busy Spring cleaning and decorating for a while, so there hasn’t been a lot of spare time to stitch but this one is difficult to put down once I get started. The design is by Ink Circles and it’s called Cirques des Triangles. The chart is very clear and easy to follow. I’m stitching on white 16 count aida fabric with DMC shade 4030 variegated thread. Just look at those lovely colour changes in the thread at the bottom of the first photo. Me and Claire are stitching the same design this time but we are going to get very different results because of our fabric and thread choices. 

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Stage 1

Stage 1b

Please take a look at how everyone else is progressing with their projects. Just click on the names below and you’ll hop over to their blogs. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy

Our next updates will be posted on the  12th March 2017. See you then!

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 – 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.

Next To Go Stage 11

Hello,

It’s been a very busy three weeks here but I’ve still stitched quite a lot this time. This is how far I’d got for the last update.

Stage 10

Now, I’m up to here 🙂

Stage 11

So, that’s the top of the wall and the greenery behind, as well as the rest of the second dog and the background finished. I’ve had to scroll the bottom part around the frame so I could work at the top left, so you’ll have to wait to see it all together at the very end. The way things are going, this project could be finished by the end of January.

The kit is from the James Herriott Collection.

Steph is our new SAL member this time. I’ve just read a few of her latest posts. She’s up to all sorts! Is there a word meaning more than prolific? Anyway, I can’t wait to see which project she’s chosen for the SAL.

Please also take a look to see how everyone else is progressing. Just click on the names below and you’ll hop over to their blogs. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose,Christina,Susan,Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph

Our next update will be posted on the 8th January 2017. Yes, 2017!

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 an unfinished project, or maybe a 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 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.

Next To Go Stage 7

Hi everyone,

It’s time for a SAL update today. Last time my Next To Go cross stitch looked like this.

Stage 6

I promised to work on the dog handler’s jacket for this update and I’ve now completed another page of the chart. You’ll have to wait until later for his head and shoulders to appear. Here’s where I’m up to now.

Stage 7The next part will be from the bottom right upwards. There is also more foreground across the bottom of what is already stitched but I’ll just keep going one page at a time. The kit is from the James Herriott Collection.

Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs that are members of this SAL. We live all over the world so please allow for local time differences when looking for their updates today. Click the names below to see what they’ve all been up to. There’s something for every taste.

Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, ChristinaSusan, Kathy

If you want to join the group, leave a comment below or send me an email. You’ll find the address at the right of this page. I’ll send you a few very simple rules.

Our next update will be on the 16th of October 2016. See you then!

Next To Go Stage 3

Hello everyone,

Another three weeks have passed and it’s time to share progress on my SAL project. I’ve now got a gate post stitched. What a lot of greys! The picture is really starting to take shape now. The design is from the James Herriott Collection.

Stage 3Do pop over to see how all the other ladies in the group are getting on with their projects. Just click their names below. We are all stitching different designs and we live all over the world so please allow for time differences when looking for their updates today. We also have another new member to welcome this time. Her name is Christina and her blog is called Petals and Pins. I can’t wait to see what she has chosen to work on.

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

If you want to join the group, leave a comment below or send me an email. The address is at the right of this page. I’ll then send you a few very simple rules.

Our next update will be on the 24th of July 2016.

Next To Go Stage 2

Good morning,

Doesn’t time fly? It’s time for the three weekly SAL update today.

I’ve been jumping around between several stitching projects recently but this one has taken priority. Firstly,  because I feel motivated by the SAL and secondly, because I’m really enjoying stitching this one. I have to say it’s a challenge due to frequent thread changes but I’m happy to push myself now and again. I have now completed one of the two dogs. The back stitch will enhance the picture but I haven’t done any of that yet. He’s definitely ready to go isn’t he? The design is from the James Herriott Collection.

Stage 2 Please visit the blogs of the rest of the ladies who are taking part in the SAL by clicking on the links below. We are all making something different. Regular readers will notice that there is a new addition to the group. We are welcoming Debbierose to the SAL from today. I can’t wait to see what she has chosen to make or finish. Take a good look around her blog.

Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose

If you are reading this and thinking you could do with finishing a few of your WIPs, why not join us? The SAL is a great motivator for getting some stitching done every three weeks. Let me know if you’d like to join in. There are only a few simple rules. You can email me at the address in the column on the right or leave a comment and I’ll contact you.

Our next update will be on the 3rd of July 2016. See you then!

No words, just letters. I is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works

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Penguin Parade!

You all know by now that my friend Lin gave me her cross stitch stash a while ago. Well, these two little fellas were in that glorious bag of cross stitch goodies.

IMG_20160329_182349524They are made from kits by Permin of Copenhagen and the frames were included. Aren’t they cute? They didn’t take very long to stitch up, probably because I changed the pattern. I know what you are thinking. When will I ever just follow a pattern? Probably never, would be my answer. Their white tummies should be made from a loopy stitch but I didn’t like the effect when I tried it so I changed to cross stitch instead. The pictures have been gifted to my daughter. She loves penguins.

I hope you are finding time to craft this week 🙂

No words, just letters. H is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works

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ABCDEFGH

Next To Go Stage 1

Good morning everyone,

I’ve started my new SAL project and this time I’m stitching a design called Next To Go from the James Herriot Collection.

Kit As you can see, the picture is of a sheepdog handler and his two border collies who are waiting to take part in a sheepdog trial. They are “Next To Go”.

I’ve started in the centre on the trousers and it’s going very well so far.

Stage 1 This kit was given to me by my friend Lin who doesn’t think she will do any more cross stitch. You may recall that she also gave me her stash of cross stitch threads a while ago. I couldn’t wait to start this design because it’s a complete contrast to my last cross stitch project. The photo doesn’t do justice to the richness of the thread colours.

Do pop over to see what everyone else is up to today. You may need to allow for time differences as we live all over the world. Can you believe that Claire is doing a different project to me this time?

Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze

Our next update will be on 12th June. See you then!