Poppy Humbug

I started another cross-stitch small a couple of weeks ago. As I was ahead with my monthly Snowflower ones I decided to have a bit of a break from them and do something that’s been in my to do pile for a while.

I love Faby Reilly designs, I’ve stitched quite a few of her designs now, they’re just so pretty and a bit different, I like the way she uses different stitches and beads to embellish and her back-stitching just lifts the design.

When we finished the Lizzie Stitching Wallet stitch-a-long we all got a discount code and amongst other things I bought the pattern for a poppy humbug.poppy-humbug-wsqr02

Isn’t it gorgeous!

I’m stitching it on a soft green linen which I think I bought by accident as it’s 28 count, whereas most of mine is 32 count. It does make it a nice size to stitch. The colour doesn’t show up at all in the photo below so you just have to imagine a nice soft green!

I started in the middle, but as soon as I had finished the cross-stitch on the first poppy I stitched the back-stitch round the outside with the markings every 5 stitches, it does make it so much easier with this kind of project as I didn’t need to count across from one poppy to the next. It will be used for whip-stitching it together at the end.DSC_0049 (2)

The poppies are growing pretty quickly, I’ve just started back-stitching one so I’m not left with all the back-stitching at the end. I’m also stitching the lettering every so often, mainly when I’ve got good light as it’s cross-stitch over one thread – tiny! It took me a while to work out the words, when the centre seam is stitched it will say Poppy across the bottom, but the word going up took a little more working out. It’s coquelicot, I reached for my big French dictionary from the shelf and discovered it is french for poppy. I rather like having both words on the design.

Hopefully I will have it finished and on display when the poppies come into flower in our garden.




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 Poppy Humbug

  1. tialys says:

    All the technical bits mean nothing to me but the stitching is gorgeous!
    Don’t forget the ‘t’ at the end of ‘coquelicot’ when you come to stitch it πŸ˜‰

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  2. katechiconi says:

    Very pretty – I think the beads around the centre really add dimension to the flower.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Christina says:

    Another gorgeous pattern and you’ve made great progress. I love the green fanfic. Perfect choice!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Faby Reilly says:

    Oh it’s coming on a treat! It’s going to look just perfect on your green fabric – what an excellent choice πŸ™‚ !!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. You always manage to make the flowers so realistic. Beautiful mini-makes πŸ™‚


  6. kathyreeves says:

    28 count is just lovely to work with, beautiful realistic colors on those poppies!


  7. Kate says:

    I love the poppies, they’re so beautiful!


  8. rosejasm says:

    Thank you for sharing this – I’ve just bobbed over to Faby Reilly site too – such lovely things, I see why you enjoy making them

    Liked by 1 person

  9. R.H. Ivan says:

    Your stitching is so picture perfect. I love it.


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