Three Smalls and a Shortlist!

Somehow or other  I seem to have ended up with three little cross-stitch projects on the go, which is a lot, even for me!

Last month I stitched ‘January’ from the Joyful World series by Maja Matyas, I think it’s really pretty and soon after finishing it I started February, my idea was to get a bit a head so I would have the embroidery finished in time to display for the appropriate month.Joyfulworld January from Snowflake Diaries

February is particularly cute with two ducks on it, I stitched the drake but then mislaid the project bag with everything in. I was beginning to think I’d lost it as it’s often in my handbag to snatch a few stitches here and there, maybe it had fallen out…DSC_0001 (2)

Whilst I was waiting to find it I decided to start March, so I’ve stitched the stork over the last couple of weeks…

Sub RosaIn the meantime I decided to stitch a wedding anniversary card for our anniversary in March. I chose a design I’d seen on facebook by SubRosa. It’s turned out a little bigger than I anticipated so I might make it into a fabric card rather than just mounting it on a card. I made a couple of changes to the pattern, some intentional, some not! I chose four DMC colours which I think work really well together.

I started the embroidery whilst I was visiting my mum, I stitch and chat with her and clearly there was a lot of chatting and not much concentrating as the very first row which was the shaft of the key was about four stitches short!…only I didn’t realise until I had already stitched the head of the key and started the greenery! It was certainly too late to start unpicking it. It did make the key a little short, so I decided to add another twirl on the top of the key head, make it more round. I think it works pretty well!

I think these designs are reproduction ones as the initials were W and R with the date 1776 and there wasn’t any alternative lettering with the pattern. I wanted it to have our initials on and really I was very lucky. It was fairly easy to turn an R into a K for Ken, and what’s an M but an upside down W! I’ve just got some floral corners to stitch and it will be ready to make up.DSC_0002 (2)

Last night the February duck waddled out from behind the piano! I was very relieved to find it.

Now for some exciting news!

About a month ago an e-mail came through from Sew and Sew which mentioned the National Needlecraft Awards. There are several categories including ‘Needlecrafter of the Year’, all you had to do was send in a photograph of an embroidery you’re particularly proud of and write a bit about it. On the spur of the moment I filled it in and sent a photo of my flower lattice.Silk Ribbon and Stumpwork Embroidery

Well I found out today I’ve been short-listed, I’ve to post it down to them for the final judging and I think it will be on display at the Knitting and Stitching show in London next weekend – exciting stuff!! Such a shame I can’t go as I’ll be on my way to Australia!

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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18 Responses to Three Smalls and a Shortlist!

  1. I love all your work but especially the flower lattice. I hope you win a prize. You definitely deserve to! Good luck 🙂

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    A well deserved shortlisting place, I am sure you will do well and I love the heart you stitched.

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  3. kate says:

    Such beautiful work – congratulations! I hope you win a prize too, good luck.

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  4. Your work is beautiful and I can’t imagine you not winning a prize. You’ve won one in my book! Congratulations!

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  5. Laura says:

    Your flower lattice stitching is absolutely gorgeous! It is no surprise to me that your project was chosen! Congratulations!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Oh so well deserved, Margaret! I’m hoping for an outright win!!!

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  7. I think you should win for the flower lattice! Just amazing stitching work!

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  8. katechiconi says:

    I shall cross my fingers tightly in the hope that your wonderful lattice wins! It’s such a wonderful piece of work, it would be richly deserved.

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  9. Sam says:

    Good luck with the flower lattice, such a shame you can’t see it displayed. Hopefully someone you know is going & can take a photo for you.

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  10. Congratulations, I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It is beautiful

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  11. KerryCan says:

    GREAT news about your flower lattice–and so well-deserved. That’s an exquisite piece!

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  12. Catherine says:

    Congratulations on being shortlisted! What fabulous news! And as it should be I might add! Your cross stitches are coming along well, and no one would know about the mid count on your key!

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  13. Susan says:

    Win or lose, you have a beautiful piece, and how exciting to be short-listed. That’s a win in itself!

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  14. amcclure2014 says:

    Fingers crossed for a prize! I love your flower lattice. Enjoy the wedding and trip.

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  15. Suzanne says:

    Well deserved to be on the list…your work is amazing!

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  16. Gail says:

    Everyone who sees your flower lattice will be in awe! Congratulations!

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  17. Sarah says:

    Your little cross stitch is lovely. And very exciting about your flower latticework, fingers crossed you win!

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  18. Kate says:

    Best of luck on the award! Your work is fabulous!

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