Sweet Roses

str070-crd-pfi01I wanted to make a wedding anniversary card and when this design popped up on facebook I immediately clicked over to the webpage and bought it. It’s perfect!

It’s a design called Sweet Roses by Faby Reilly, I discovered her designs just before Christmas last year, I made a Mistletoe Humbug to hang on our Christmas tree. I love her designs, they’re straight forward to make but very effective. There’s several designs in the Sweet Roses range so you can even make a present to go with the card!

As usual, despite a box full of DMC threads, I had a few to buy, but I used some Belfast linen that was left over from another project, once I started it really didn’t take very long. If I was that organised it would probably be one of those designs that’s easier to do with a needle threaded in each colour so you can quickly swop from col0ur to colour.

One thing I like with Faby’s designs is that she doesn’t faff about with half and quarter cross-stitches, it’s all whole stitches, leaving the back-stitch to give shape to the image.. The eye follows the back-stitch rather than seeing the cross-stitch below. I managed to get a photo just before I back-stitched the last two roses…


I finished it this evening, I just need to make it into a card now, on her website she has excellent tutorials on making up all her designs, including cards, so I’ll be popping over there for inspiration. I’m tempted to make one for Mother’s Day now as well, there’s a very pretty lavender one.

I really like the quote on this design, I’m planning another cross-stitch and embroidery project and I’m very tempted to incorporate this into it, so watch this space…

I’m linking up with Kathy’s quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not have a look what everyone else is hand-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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20 Responses to Sweet Roses

  1. Kathi says:

    I love the linen base and I just adore your embroidery… I hope the card is cherished for all the love that went into it… such a darling verse and heart of flowers for sure… thanks for sharing at Kathy’s so I didn’t miss it! I used to cross stitch on linen and have begun missing this art …. not sure my eyes are up to it anymore but I can surely appreciate you work of heart!!! ❤ Kathi


  2. claire93 says:

    that’s a very sweet saying


  3. Gail says:

    Beautiful card and sentiment!


  4. Sarah says:

    What a beautiful card! I’m sure the recipients will be thrilled.


  5. Debbie H says:

    Love this! Such a great saying and a pretty design.


  6. Laura says:

    What a lovely keepsake!


  7. kathyreeves says:

    Wonderful little project, perfect for a special anniversary. I Love it!


  8. Stephie says:

    I love the backstitch method you used, it makes a really soft edge design – I hope the recipients will love it!


  9. Terry says:

    Very pretty, I like the non-half stitch process


  10. sewchet says:

    What a difference the back stitch makes to how your eye interprets the design! Beautiful!


  11. Quilter Kathy says:

    This is absolute perfection… I adore it!


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