SAL UPDATE: Christmas Greetings

SAL update with our three week posting. If you live somewhere with the time change don’t forget – I certainly have before. Here is where I was at our last posting. I was dreading all the backstitching. I just have such a tough time with it.

As you can see I have made a lot of progress. I have just a smidge to complete on the snow/ice surrounding Santa. Then I will go back around and fix some bare spots or spots that don’t look aesthetically pleasing to me. I didn’t follow the chart in working around Santa. It was just to difficult. If you remember I had to replace the floss and unfortunately I ran out of the blue I was using and tried my best to match it. The shade difference was almost impossible to see in my lighting and there’s a small subtle change. Perhaps you didn’t even notice it. I sure do, but I am ok with it. It’s a bit lighter and looks icy-er, if thats a word.

There is more to add – some holly leaves and some words. I’ll be giving this as a gift and I would like to have it done by our next posting. I love his skates. They remind me of the pair my father had, racing skates as opposed to figure skating skates. Growing up in New York we did a lot of skating in the winter. I wish I had my dad’s skates now to drape over the vintage sled I prop up on my porch in winter.

It’s time to scoot off and check in with the others in this SAL. I always look forward to visiting their pages. Sometimes I am unable to post a reply but please know if I haven’t left a note I have tried πŸ™‚


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.

23 thoughts on “SAL UPDATE: Christmas Greetings

  1. claire93 November 7, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    amazong all the details that suddenly pop once you add backstitch!

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    • Sharon November 8, 2021 / 2:24 pm

      Backstitching is amazing but not one of my favorite things to do


  2. Cathie J November 7, 2021 / 6:49 pm

    The backstitching has really enhanced this Santa. I you didn’t mention it, no one would know that you changed the color.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon November 8, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      that’s what I want to hear – it’s not noticeable πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sewing Beside the Sea November 7, 2021 / 8:07 pm

    The back stitchng looks great so far and I wouldn’t worry about the blue. Ice comes in many shades. If you hadn’t mentioned it most people wouldn’t even have noticed.

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    • Sharon November 8, 2021 / 2:26 pm

      That’s what I want to hear – that it wasn’t noticeable and exactly the subtle changes in ice color πŸ™‚


  4. Deb November 7, 2021 / 11:20 pm

    Santa is looking great! A wonderful gift.❀️

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon November 8, 2021 / 2:27 pm

      My least favorite but it makes the project πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  5. AJ November 8, 2021 / 12:16 am

    It is looking super cute! I hate back stitching but it really does make all the difference!

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    • Sharon November 8, 2021 / 2:29 pm

      I hate it too πŸ™‚ my least favorite thing to do but it sure makes our projects πŸ™‚

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  6. Lindashee November 8, 2021 / 8:32 pm

    Wonderful progress and it looks great with backstitch, can’t tell you were struggling with it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon November 9, 2021 / 3:33 pm

      That’s great to hear, I look at it and think ‘its a mess’ but we are our worst critics, appreciate the support on this πŸ™‚


  7. Christina November 9, 2021 / 4:13 am

    This will be such a sweet gift! Looking forward to your happy dance next round πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon November 9, 2021 / 3:34 pm

      I sure hope I will be dancing πŸ™‚


  8. Texas Quilter November 13, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    I love this Santa – where did you get the pattern? Hugs


  9. Susan Nixon November 19, 2021 / 12:54 am

    That was a lot of black outlining added. He looks wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon November 20, 2021 / 3:01 am

      Thank you Susan, my least favorite of cross stitching – backstitching πŸ™‚


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