SAL Update: Backstitching

A busy 3 weeks has passed with lots of projects both inside and outside with spring knocking at the door. I have cleaned out a few flower beds, added a new black iron arbor at the back gate and finished the baby quilt for my granddaughter. 

But what I am most excited about is the simple progress I have made with my cross-stitch project since the last posting. I tried my hand at back stitching which was the major question in my very first post. 

To backstitch as I go or at the end? That was the question. I am definitely a backstitch as I go girl now! 

Here is where I was before 


And now 



What I think was the decision clincher for backstitching as I go was, I can catch my mistakes and missed stitches sooner than later, fix them, and be done with it. The excitement of a finished project could get lost with too many ‘fixes’

I still have quite a bit to learn about technique but so far …… so much cross stitch fun!


Please take a moment to visit the pages of these wonderful creative people and see what they have been working on. 

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, 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

This SAL posting takes place every third Sunday. The next update will be posted on the 7th of April 2019. If you would like to join please contact Avis at the link above and she will walk you through the painless process. 

19 thoughts on “SAL Update: Backstitching

  1. kathyreeves March 17, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    Looking great Sharon, I generally find back stitching such an encouragement, not surprised you do too!


    • nwpaintedlady March 17, 2019 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you – It’s a stretch for me but I am really enjoying it 🙂


  2. rutigt March 18, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Backstitching makes the embroidery more alive. You have done great!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady March 18, 2019 / 12:52 pm

      It really did infuse life into the piece, it was fun to see it develop ~ thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana March 18, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    The back stitching is really making each motif pop, isn’t it. And I think you are clever to do this along the way.
    Lovely quilt in your last post, btw. NOthing nicer than babies to sew for.
    I’m also envious of your spring in the garden notes. Still buried here but melting happening.!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady March 18, 2019 / 12:56 pm

      My daughter in Fairbanks, flying in for the baby shower with me, is going to love the spring-like weather….I was really pleased with the outcome of the finished baby quilt and I agree, I love sewing for babies! Maybe a cross-stitch baby picture next 🙂


  4. claire93 March 18, 2019 / 3:03 pm

    backstitching as you go really does help to motivate, as the picture comes to life and you know that a certain section is fully complete ^^

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady March 18, 2019 / 4:25 pm

      I am sold on backstitching as I go now. It’s nice to know a section is finished 🙂


  5. KerryCan March 19, 2019 / 10:30 am

    It makes SUCH a difference–defines each image and gives it that great, crisp look!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. nwpaintedlady March 20, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    Define and crisp … those are the perfect words for backstitching, your so right!


  7. Renee Younger March 21, 2019 / 2:00 am

    The back stitching really brings it to life! It is looking great – wonderful work!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. magpiesue March 22, 2019 / 3:46 am

    I’m always amazed at the difference back stitching makes! Now we can see the images you’ve cross stitched. 😉 Glad you’ve found a method for working that will work better for you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady March 22, 2019 / 1:29 pm

      It really did work for me and made all the difference in the world. ~ thanks for checking in 🙂


Leave a Reply to KerryCan Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.