…and Crosses

DSC_0651During the first week of our holiday we drove from Adelaide to Sydney, travelling along the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road. In the evenings I would do a little stitching whilst we chatted over a glass of wine. I decided to record the different places we stayed in the sampler in amongst the variations of crosses and stars.

Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road was amazing, we saw London Bridge, the Twelve Apostles, I became quite good at spotting potential places to visit on the map, my favourite place was one we found by accident, we were heading for Childers Cove, my OH was chuntering a bit as the narrow road seemed to be going on forever. Just before Childers Cove we saw a signpost for another cove, Murnanes Bay, it was gorgeous, I could have happily stayed there all day, a tiny deserted cove, blue seas and golden beach and cliffs…not so keen on the 5′ snake that slithered across our path on the way back to the car!

I started the sampler page with  three eyelet stitches and a row of cross-stitches. I love the way the variegated thread works with this row. The little stitch after the Great Ocean Road is a square boss. Yuulong’s stitch is a star stitch.

Stitch SamplerWe stayed in the Eagle Hawk Motel in Malden which is currently owned by family, it’s a lovely vintage style motel with brass beds and patchwork quilts. There I stitched a row of Ermine stitches.

We stayed just outside Gundagai in the middle of nowhere, kangaroos usually pass through the area just after dawn on their way to the river. I got up early, didn’t see any kangaroos but I did enjoy the sunrise. I can see this photo as an embroidery! The six stitches on this row are woven crosses. On our way to Kiama we called into Canberra as my OH wanted to spend some time at the War Memorial, I visited the botanical gardens as was rewarded with an echidna ambling along towards me, I sat for about 20 minutes with another lady just enjoying the moment.Echidna

Of course, stitching crosses in Australia, I had to do a representation of the Southern Cross! The biggest cross is an outlined diamond eyelet, the four medium crosses are Algerian Eye, and the tiny one is a woven star.DSC_0018 (2)

So, that’s our drive from Adelaide to Sydney in stitches and another page for my stitch sampler.Stitch Sampler

I’ve now completed six double pages for my sampler, so I really think I need to start stitching them together into a book!

Stitch Sampler


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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12 Responses to …and Crosses

  1. claire93 says:

    I always think that Australia has some really fun place-names ^^ It’s great to have recorded them in this stitched book.

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  2. katechiconi says:

    I like the way you have 12 crosses under ‘…and Crosses’, to depict the 12 Apostles, I presume! It’s almost a pity you didn’t visit Sunshine, or Rosebud, you’d have had fun depicting those in stitches!

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    This stitch book will hold so much more than stitches for you! Thanks you for the accompanying travelogue as well! Lovely pictures.😄

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos of the scenery and of course your related stitching!


  5. MrsCraft says:

    What a lovely way to keep memories 😊


  6. Deb says:

    Enjoyed your scenic photos! Beautiful water, your cross stitching is lovely too!


  7. Kate says:

    Lovely photos!


  8. Catherine says:

    More lovely memories in both stitch and photos. I love the Great Ocean Road, it is a really stunning place.


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