Tall Year Square SAL

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Tall Year Square etui box, I was in the middle of a happy dance having completed the box side for summer…Tall Year Square Etui

With this project I’m not using the threads recommended by the designer (Betsy Morgan) instead I’m choosing my own colours from my rather large stash of DMC threads, supplementing it with a couple of other brands. This means that before stitching a season’s side, I have to choose my threads, thinking of what the season means to me.

Autumn is obviously all about the changing leaves, so I’ve selected various shades of orange, yellow and rusty red. The design includes oak leaves and acorns, so I needed a couple of shades of brown too. There’s still plenty of green about so I included that too. The linen is a soft golden colour, a Permin one, I’ve used the shades Betsy recommended but I must admit that this is the only one I was having doubts about, as it looked so gold in it’s packet. Having unfolded it and cut off my square, it looks a lot softer and muted.

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I always start at the bottom. I know now that the colours I use here will be repeated at the top so I have to consider this when selecting floss. I love the bottom colour, with green, gold and a muted purple, unfortunately it’s one I found at my mums and I have no idea of the make!

The band I’m working on at the moment has a leaf and two acorns. I initially started stitching in the DMC green variegated floss, which is lovely but a little bit too fresh. In the nick of time (ten stitches in!) I remembered that when I  was at Delicate Stitches in London I picked up a couple of flosses where I knew the colour choice for DMC wasn’t great. I dug them out and found I had two more muted shades of green, so I’ve stitched the stem in the darker one first.Tall Year Square Etui

I’m hoping this side will grow fairly quickly as there’s less tiny cross-stitches (over 1 thread!) and more long stitch. At the moment it’s looking a bit bright but I think it will settle down as it is stitched.

There’s quite a few of us taking part in this stitch-a-long, each doing our own thing, so please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching. It’s a great motivator, so if you fancy joining us, please send a message to Avis.


KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,


I’ll also be linking in with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of hand stitching.


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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21 Responses to Tall Year Square SAL

  1. Carole says:

    Love your colour choices. This is going to look fab!

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  2. katechiconi says:

    Lovely autumnal colours 🙂

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  3. I love these colours! Very good choices.

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  4. CathieJ says:

    Those flosses look very pretty for Autumn.

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  5. Catherine says:

    It sounds like you are really enjoying this project, and choosing your own threads. You’ve chosen some lovely autumnal colours here, bright but in the right way. I look forward to seeing it develop!

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  6. Gail says:

    Your box is going to look wonderful…I love the colours you are using, perfect for each season. Beautiful stitches!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    The colors on that first border…yummy! The oak leaves and acorn section sounds very cool, looking forward to seeing it.p next time. 😍

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  8. You’ve made a great start on the next season and chosen some lovely colours. Somebody, somewhere will know what brand and shade the variegated thread is.

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  9. claire93 says:

    you’ve chosen some gorgeous colours for autumn, which just happens to be my favourite season.

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  10. Beautiful colours! Enjoy your hand stitching today!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  11. Congratulations on your completion so far – looks like an amazing undertaking and when it is completed I bet you keep it instead of gifting it! 🙂

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  12. Christina says:

    Its alot of fun picking out your own colors. Great progress! Its turning out lovely!

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  13. tonymarkp says:

    I’m really enjoying watching this progress. It’s really cheerful and I must repeat: DRAGONFLIES!

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  14. rutigt says:

    You´ve chose some beautiful colors for autumn!

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  15. Love your selection for autumn. I am really enjoying watching the progress on this Margaret

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  16. rosejasm says:

    I am intrigued to see it turn into a box… something new for me to discover!

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  17. lbick says:

    I like your color choices. Can’t wait to see the rest unfold.


  18. teamwilsun says:

    My favorite season — I love your color choices! I look forward to seeing the seasons all together!


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