Getting Ready – Stage 2

Hello everyone,

It’s time to show you an update on my SAL project today. The design is called Getting Ready by Ronald West and it’s a Design Works kit.

This is where I was up to last time. I’d completed 1/12.

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This time I started stitching to the left of the last section.

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I managed to finish another 1/12.

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Here it is with the backstitch completed.

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So that’s as far to the left as this one goes. One sixth complete. Next I need to work to the right and that will be the full width of the design done.

Me and Claire are stitching the same kit but we’re stitching different areas each time. Everyone else in the group is doing something different. Please take a look at how they are progressing with their own chosen SAL project.  I promise you won’t be disappointed. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

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

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Our next updates will be posted on the  19th November 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.

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Getting Ready – Stage 1

Hello everyone,

It’s time to introduce my new SAL project. I’ve kept you all in suspense for long enough and I just hope I didn’t build this one up into something it really isn’t!

As you know, me and Claire are copy cats (well I am anyway). We’ve been enjoying doing the same projects for what seems like ages now and I find it very motivating. It goes a bit like this…

Claire emails me to say there’s a sale on at Sew and So. I go to have a look and don’t always fancy buying. Claire emails again and says she’s bought several kits! In fact, sometimes she buys more than one of the same kit because she likes to give presents. Then, when I see what she’s bought I sometimes want one too. Anyway, Claire bought this design called Getting Ready by Ronald West and it was a real bargain (Just over £5 for the complete kit) so I put one in my basket as well. I do love Design Works kits because they are such good quality. I also love the odd looking characters in this design. There’s a whole series, all with rather rotund cartoony people. I think they’re fun but I also accept they’re not to everyone’s taste.

Anyway, this is what we’ll be stitching for a while.

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I’d put all the threads onto the card and wrote the symbols next to the correct colours and was all ready to start but I just couldn’t work from the tiny chart so I enlarged it and decided to mark my working copy as I went. That made life so much easier. I’d already decided to work in sections so needed to judge how much I could probably get done every three weeks. I don’t only work on the SAL project you see. There’s always lots more crafting going on behind the scenes here.

I thought 12 sections would probably work as this design is stitched solidly across the fabric. I like to paperclip the chart to my fabric at the side of the frame and I’ve made a good start here.

IMG_20170904_094610 This is the section finished except for the backstitching.

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Then I decided to do the backstitch rather than keep it all until the end. What a difference it makes.

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So, that’s 1/12 completed. I think each section will be like a mini finish for me. There’s more than enough stitching in one part for three weeks (54 x 54 crosses) so I might not get a whole part done each time but I’ll try. Me and Claire usually agree which bit to stitch for each stage and then we can push each other along but she doesn’t work on a frame so she’s doing things differently this time. I’ll let you pop over to her blog and see for yourself. I’ll be stitching the section to the left of this one for next time.

Everyone else in the group is doing something different. Please take a look at how they are progressing with their own chosen SAL project.  I promise you won’t be disappointed. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences but we post local time, every third Sunday.

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

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy,

Heidi, Connie, Jackie

Our next updates will be posted on the  29th October 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.

Cirque des Triangles – Stage 6

Hello everyone,

How did it get to 4th June so quickly? Time has flown so far this year.

Anyway it’s time to share my progress on the SAL project again today. This design is by Ink Circles and it’s called Cirque des Triangles. Here’s where I was up to last time.

Stage 5Here is stage 6 all done.

Stage 6You can see the colours in the thread a bit better in the close up.

Stage 6b As you can see I’ve got the bottom right side done and we’ll be stitching along the bottom next time. My fabric has been rolled around the frame so you can’t see the top. Claire is stitching the same design as me and she uses a different kind of frame so you’ll be able to see what the whole thing looks like so far in her colour choices if you hop over to her blog.

Please take a look at how everyone else is progressing with their chosen SAL project.  There’s some amazing stitching going on and you might just be inspired by some of the handywork of the other participants. 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, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy

Our next updates will be posted on the  25th June 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.

Cirque des Triangles – Stage 5

Hello everyone,

It’s time to share my progress on the SAL project again. This design is by Ink Circles and it’s called Cirque des Triangles. Here’s where I was up to last time.

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I’ve now got the bottom left side done but the fabric has been rolled around the frame so you can’t see the top. Claire doesn’t use the same kind of frame as me so you’ll be able to see what the whole thing looks like in her colour choices if you hop over to her blog.

Stage 5

Next time I hope to show the bottom right corner completed. That means you won’t see the top again until it’s all finished because I’ll need to roll the fabric around the frame.

Please take a look at how everyone else is progressing with their chosen SAL project.  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, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy

Our next updates will be posted on the  4th June 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.

Cirque des Triangles – Stage 3

Hello everyone,

The last three weeks have flown by and Spring is finally here! I do like it when the clocks move forward an hour to give us lighter evenings.

Anyway, it’s time to share my progress on the SAL project again. This design is by Ink Circles and it’s called Cirque des Triangles. Here’s where I was up to last time. All of the top except the centre triangle was completed.

Stage 2Here’s where I’m up to now.

Stage 3If I didn’t have other things to do this project would have been well on the way to completion by now. It’s so enjoyable not having to change thread colours.

Please take a look at how everyone else is progressing with their projects. We’ve got two new members this time. Mary Margaret gets up to all sorts of lovely cooking, gardening and crafting. Timothy has chosen to stitch a huge cross stitch project for the SAL but he also enjoys several other crafts.  Just click on the names below and you’ll hop over to all the member’s 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, Mary Margaret, Timothy

Our next updates will be posted on the  23rd April 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.

Cirque des Triangles – Stage 2

Hello everyone,

It’s time to share my progress on the SAL project again. In fact, it’s all I’m posting about these days. I don’t seem to have enough spare time to either write or stitch at the moment and I’ve nothing much going on worth writing about. Decorating and spring cleaning has taken over! However, I’m not complaining. The house was well overdue some TLC and I’m enjoying the results.

Anyway, this design is by Ink Circles and it’s called Cirques des Triangles. Here’s where I was up to last time. The top left corner was completed.

Stage 1

This is where I’ve got to now.

Stage 2

This is as wide as it gets. If you pop over to Claire’s blog you’ll see her version in completely different colour choices. It’s amazing how different the same designs can look with a different thread and/or fabric.

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  2nd April 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.

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.

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

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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.

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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 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 10

Good morning,

Here is a progress report on my SAL project. This is how far I’d got in the last update.

Stage 9

Here’s where I’m up to now.

Stage 10

Can you find the bit I’ve done this time? No? well, it’s all along the very bottom of the picture. Lots of lovely thread changes. There was actually quite a bit of work in this part and all of the foreground is finished now. I’m going to stitch the rest of the dog for next time.

The kit is from the James Herriott Collection.

Helen is our new SAL member this time. I can’t wait to see what she’s been up to.

Please take a look to see how everyone else’s projects are 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

Our next update will be posted on the 18th December 2016. One week before Santa’s visit!

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.