Next To Go Stage 13 – Happy Dancing

Good morning,

It’s SAL update time again. This is how far I’d got for the last update.

Stage 12

Here is the finished picture 🙂

Stage 13b

There is one difference in addition to the back stitching. Can you spot it?

I’ve really enjoyed stitching this one. The back stitch on the jacket was a bit of a nightmare but the rest was a dream! The thread colours are so rich in real life and the quality of the kit was first class. I did have to enlarge the chart by 100% so I could work from it but that was easy enough to do. The kit is from the James Herriott Collection. There are lots of others in the set depicting Border Collies and farm animals.

The finished piece has now been gifted to a dear friend who originally gave me the kit as part of her cross stitch clear out. She can no longer see well enough to do cross stitch herself and has admired the progress of my stitching over the last few months. It seemed like the perfect gift to return it to her all finished, particularly as she has a special birthday coming up soon.

One of the best bits about finishing a project is that I can start another one. This time, me and Claire will be stitching the same thing but in different colours. My OH bought me this chart over a year ago from The Crafty Kitten


This is the third design I’ve stitched by Ink Circles. It’s called Cirques des Triangles. The other two are Cirque des Cercles and Cirque des Coeurs. I’ve chosen to stitch with a turquoise and sea green variegated thread (DMC 4030) on white 16 count aida fabric. I look forward to sharing progress next time.


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  19th February 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.


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!

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