A Tall Year Square Etui SAL 3

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my etui, it’s rather pretty, it’s a pattern by Betsy Morgan from a Classic Inspirations magasine and each side is a different season. I’m choosing my own threads so I just picked a selection of ‘spring ‘colours, blue, yellow, fresh green and a touch of pink. This is where I was three weeks ago…Tall Year Square Etui

I’ve been pretty busy over the last few weeks making quilts and clothes for our holiday but I took my etui along to my Embroiderers Guild meeting, so I had about four or five hours of stitching time, so at least I have some progress to show you.

I had just finished struggling with tiny rabbits and thread counting on the border last time, so my first job was to unpick the right hand back-stitching and re stitch it two threads lower!

Next up for stitching was the central motif of flowers and leaves. The flowers weren’t an issue as they were just satin stitch, though I still had to concentrate on where to start!Tall Year Square Etui

The leaves were meant to be cross-stitch over one thread again, same as those tiny rabbits! I really didn’t fancy doing all that in minuscule cross-stitch, so I decided to try blanket stitch instead. I stitched it so the thread edge was along the straightish side in the centre. It still wasn’t easy but it was just about manageable. My counting isn’t perfect but I don’t think it is noticeable. There will be a pearl button in the centre to finish it.

I’ve just got to finish the long legged cross-stitch border and then two more patterned rows  and then this side is finished.Tall Year Square Etui

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we post evry three weeks, so if you would like to join in please send her a message. There are quite a few of us now, all doing different projects, so please follow the links to see what everyone else has been stitching;


KathyCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary Margaret,


Everyone is in different time scales, so if there isn’t a post when you first look, check later in the day. If you fancy joining us for the SAL, just send a message to Avis.

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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17 Responses to A Tall Year Square Etui SAL 3

  1. katechiconi says:

    Lovely, and I think you made an excellent decision to change the stitch. After all, this is supposed to be enjoyable, not send you bonkers!

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  2. lucyannluna says:

    Very delicate & pretty

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  3. claire93 says:

    considering you had to unpick and restitch that bit to the right, you’ve made fabulous progress!

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    So delicate, so pretty and brilliantly executed.

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  5. Debbierose says:

    Beautiful, stunning, love this thread choice

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  6. Love this one. The arrowheads remind me of fishes all swimming towards the right 😁.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    I really like the way the threads change across the design. Your picks are really complementing each other, and you have some great progress before your holiday.😍

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  8. JJ Crafts says:

    Looks like lots of progress considering. So intricate but very pretty

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  9. Christina says:

    Wow this project does not look easy, but it sure is beautiful! Love the variegation and those colors ❤

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  10. magpiesue says:

    I think you were perfectly justified in changing the stitch you used for the leaves. That’s what is so great about having a repertoire of stitches in our own personal “toolboxes.” I think this is looking lovely and will eventually be something of which you can be proud.

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  11. rutigt says:

    I love the colors of the thread. Really makes me think of spring!!

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  12. Amazing, this would take me 5 years to complete 🙂

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  13. Catherine says:

    Very pretty, and incredibly detailed. It’s looking really lovely.

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  14. teamwilsun says:

    Such exquisite stitching!


  15. Carole says:

    This is so pretty. I love those colours 🙂

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