A Tall Square Year Etui Stitch-a-long

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my etui box, this is a pattern by Betsy Morgan from a Classic Inspirations magasine. I’m using my own choice of colours so I’ve chosen the spring colours of blue, yellow, fresh green and a touch of pink. This is where I was three weeks ago, I’d just about managed to get a few hours in at Embroiderers Guild before I went on holiday.

We only flew back on Thursday, so I’m still somewhat jet-lagged, but I decided to try and stitch a little this evening so I had something to show you!

I completed the long legged cross-stitch row. The alphabet row looks lovely but it’s those tweeny single strand cross-stitches again! As I wanted the variegation to stand out I stitched all the crosses individually, rater than doing a row of half stitches and then returning to cross them all. I’m not sure what happened to the number two at the end, I think it’s the jet-lag stitching!! I might see how I feel in the morning as to whether or not I unpick that number.

I’ve just got two more rows to stitch and this side is complete.

A little update on the National Crafters Award; I mentioned just before I went on holiday that I had been shortlisted for this award, it was with some trepidation that I posted my Flower Lattice down to Devon for judging. The award was one by Victoria Mattewson with a stunning embroidery of a ladybird. Follow the link to see a photo on the Sew and Sew websight. Between the classes there were over 800 entries, so I’m pretty proud to have been shortlisted. I was very relieved when my picture arrived safely back again!DSC_0003

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, from Stitching by the Sea, we share our projects every three weeks, if you would like to join us, just send Avis a link.


KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

HeidiConnieJackieSunnyHayley, Tony



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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34 Responses to A Tall Square Year Etui Stitch-a-long

  1. katechiconi says:

    It’s looking lovely! I can see how tired you were when you were doing that last figure; I looked at it and thought “…what?” It’s not like your usual exquisite work. I bet you’re happy to be home and sleeping in your own bed again!

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  2. tialys says:

    Love the effect of the variegated yarn.
    Well done for being shortlisted – the standard of work is so amazing. The winning Ladybird looks like a painting in the link – fabulous!

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  3. amcclure2014 says:

    I hope the holiday was great.
    Well done on being shortlisted. I’ll follow the link – the standard must be very high as I think yours is fab.
    I’m on my phone and can’t see the issue with the last figure. I’ll look on PC later

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  4. tonymarkp says:

    Really nice work!

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  5. claire93 says:

    looking so pretty, and I bett you were glad to receive your ribbon embroidery back safely!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    I’m glad that you are back home safe and sound after a wonderful holiday! I love these spring colors so much. Glad to know I am not the only one unpicking, company is always welcome.😄 I find that lady bug beyond belief, wow, but yours was a worthy competitor in such rarified company!

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  7. Well done on the progress. I would have awarded you first prize 😉

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  8. Christina says:

    Lovely progress. Yes, it must’ve been quite the relief to get your embroidery back. That lady bug is very impressive too. A tough competition indeed as your embroidery is stunning!

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  9. magpiesue says:

    Congratulations on being shortlisted! Among such high standards that is praise indeed. The ladybug truly does look like a painting or an enameled piece online. Meanwhile, if your jet-lagged stitches are going to bother you it’s worth the time and effort to take them out (ask me how I know!).

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  10. lbick says:

    It looks great. Love the colors you chose.

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  11. rutigt says:

    I still think your “Flower Lattice” is one of the most beautiful embroideries I have ever seen!

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  12. I agree with Avis. I love your Flower Lattice piece. Congratulations on the honor among all the others. Great project on your new piece 🙂

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  13. teamwilsun says:

    This is coming along so well. I’m sure you have already unpicked the “2”, but part of me thinks you could keep it as-is as a “souvenir” of your trip!

    Your floral lattice is so stunning — glad it is home safely, and congratulations on being short-listed!

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  14. Kate says:

    I love the variegated threads, they really work well in your piece. It’s too bad that you didn’t win with your lattice, but it must have been exciting to be shortlisted!

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  15. Carole says:

    That ladybird is pretty stunning but I much prefer yours with all the different techniques. Congrats on being shortlisted 🙂


  16. JJ Crafts says:

    Congrats on the shortlist! And yay for getting it back safe and sound too!


  17. Kay says:

    Well done reaching the shortlist, it is a lovely piece of work


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