Stitching in the Dales

nut002I’ve been making slow but steady progress over the last couple of weeks on my cross-stitch box. It’s a kit by Nutmeg Designs for a small box with a lift off lid. What I particularly liked about this one was the embroidery inside the box. It’s a series of four, one for each season and inside are a few words about the season in the dales. I’m stitching  the summer one so along the inside of the lid it says ‘Summer in the Dales, the swallows are back’


I stitched the box sides first, I’ve just finished the lid top and inside. It’s stitched as one piece with a cross-stitch design on both sides. I have to admit I did get in a bit of a pickle with the inside of the lid. I started with the dark green at the bottom of the design, I didn’t realised til I was quite a bit further on that I’d made a mistake two-thirds of the way along.  The right hand side was one stitch lower than it should be! I was definitely too far along to even consider unpicking it! I decided to work up the side I’d stitched correctly  to the top and then work downwards, I could then just fill in the gaps that were left! It worked, I added some extra green and a few cream crosses too, I don’t think anyone will notice!!


I’ve just got the lid sides to stitch now which is just one length of border similar to the one below but with less gold fortunately  (my least favorite bit of any sampler!)  and the words. I do quite like getting to the stage when you know you have finished with a certain colour, it’s like ticking them off, finished! Once I’ve done all the cross-stitch I can construct the box.,,then it really is finished 🙂

Summer in the Dales

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not have a look what everyone else is stitching.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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24 Responses to Stitching in the Dales

  1. Sarah says:

    This is beautifu! I love the fact that the pictures and words revolve around your home county.


  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Couldn’t get too excited about cross stitch, so haven’t done any in years & years. But then we didn’t get such lovely projects to work on over here either. This is coming along beautifully, and there’s no errors anywhere. That extra personal design feature is delightful! 😉


  3. That is a very pretty project. No, no one will notice a mistake from the pattern.


  4. Quilter Kathy says:

    You are making great progress with this stitchery!
    Thanks for linking up!


  5. Jennifer says:

    What a lovely box with a lot of cross-stitch to be done on it.


  6. Hmm, that reminds me of something … Yup, right, my box was from the same company. Here’s my post on finishing the box, in case you need any tips.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks for the link, I like your idea of using clover clips, I was also reassured to see you had the same sizing issues as I had making the periwinkle box last year, the fabric wasn’t big enough for the instructions given! This one has been better, though I would still like a bit more round the edges 🙂


  7. CathieJ says:

    This is so pretty. Only you will know there is a mistake.


  8. amcclure2014 says:

    Lovely. A pattern is just a starting point surely? You’ve added your take. I rather enjoy cross stitching but haven’t done any for a while, a long while. While tidying my stash, I came across a couple of the kits, for flowers. I’m going away for a few days coming up and have decided to take one, the iris, with me. I hope I remember how to do it. No chance of getting matching threads if I run out.


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Anne, I like little kits that I can put in my handbag,I put them in little ziplock bags. I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with running out, they always seem to give plenty of thread.Enjoy your break 🙂


  9. claire93 says:

    this is ever so pretty – well done!


  10. sewchet says:

    Nope, still can’t spot the mistake so don’t fret over it! I’ve just had a look at Nutmeg’s website – haven’t they got some sweet little kits on offer? Love the Christmas ones.


  11. Wendy says:

    are this the same company that is usually at craft shows that make decorations and little houses from perforated paper cross stitched? It’s looking lovely, I notice you’ve put it in your header. Do you change your header with every post?


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Wendy, it is the same company that do the little houses etc at shows. The header photo is linked to each post, it’s called ‘featured image’, it’s also the one that shows in feeders. There’s still the fabric and bobbins photo on my home page.


  12. It’s beautiful! I love to see metallic thread in embroidery but find it incredibly difficult to sew with myself.


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