Two Little Finishes

I rather enjoy stitching my little cross-stitch smalls, I usually stitch them on the move, ‘borrowed time’ stitching as I call it, waiting for appointments, in a train station or just waiting for the water to boil for the potatoes!

I did manage to stitch July in the appropriate month, I just didn’t manage to finish it! These are designs by Maja Matyas from The Snowflower Diaries, it’s a SAL from 2016 (I think) it’s called The Joyful World, it’s available free through her facebook page now. I’m about half way through August too, so I’ll be late with that one as well!DSC_0137

I found a pretty pink Japanese sort of print which I think goes well with it. I made a cord from a variegated pink thread and the sandy gold used in the design. I stitched it round, making a hanging loop and added two buttons either side of the join to help hide it.DSC_0136

Back in early summer Christina from Petals & Pins stitched a pretty cross-stitch by Lizzie Kate, she kindly offered to send the chart (and teeny buttons to embellish!) to the first name out of the hat…and that was me! I was well chuffed!!

I stitched it last month using my favourite shade of soft green permin, I had most of the threads in already, all except one, which I substituted for it’s neighbour until I bought the real thing, I was just too impatient to wait! So ‘Make it ‘ should have been a shade darker, which would have shown up better but I like it as it is. It’s a very cute design, I love the little bird box!DSC_0130 (2)

Once I had stitched it I had to decide how to make it up, I wanted to do a bit more than just put a back on it and make a mini pillow. I started to play around with fabrics. My favourite bee fabric co-ordinated nicely with it and also continued the theme of bees on the cross-stitch. I also discovered that a length of teal and blue fabric I bought a couple of years ago complimented it perfectly, just picking out the blue of the cross-stitch too. I played with the idea of making a square cushion, but eventually decided on a long thin one.DSC_0138 (2)

I stitched some lace over the bees, added a 1″ folded blue strip and then stitched it to the cross-stitch. I used the blue fabric to back it and added four tiny mother of pearl buttons. I stuffed it, stitched up the end and then made some cord to go around.Lizzie Kate Cross-stitch

I’m really pleased with how it came out, so thanks Christina for a lovely pattern.


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!
This entry was posted in Crafts, embroidery, Serendipity and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

22 Responses to Two Little Finishes

  1. wybrow1966 says:

    These are so cute!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Julierose says:

    Lovely works you’ve finished here. I especially like your choice of fabrics to go with them…hugs, Julierose

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love your smalls, they are so precious. Perfectly stitched together with love!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love the finishing work on the small pillows!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    These are just lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. tialys says:

    What lovely things to come out of waiting for the water to boil 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. CathieJ says:

    Both finishes are very pretty. Isn’t it wonderful when you find a fabric in your stash that complements the piece you just made.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. kathyreeves says:

    Your “smalls” always inspire me! The flamingos are perfect for July, and I love the way you finish these.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Gail says:

    Great setiment on the little pillow! Lovely finishing touches on both projects

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Two beautiful finishes… way to go! Such a pretty effect on the edges with the cording!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Laura says:

    Never give up. Make it happen.

    I need this for my motto. I think I will write this down and make it my word for 2019.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. seasons55 says:

    Both of these finishes are so sweet great choice of fabrics for both.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. JJ Crafts says:

    I love the finishes 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Sarah says:

    Lovely projects, especially those flamingoes!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Both of those a really cute! I like your “borrowed time” statement. Sometimes, I feel that’s the only way I get things done!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. tinaor says:

    Both are very sweet. Now feeling slightly guilty I have little to show off that’s actually been finished recently ….

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Both of these projects are beautiful. I love how you are doing the calendar month project. The lace embellishment on the pillow is also such a nice touch.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Christina says:

    Awe, you’re very welcome! 4 months late, I need to do better at reading blogs this year! I LOVE how your pillow turned out. The lace and the bee print is perfection!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Pingback: January Smalls | thecraftycreek

  20. Pingback: July Cross-stitch Smalls | thecraftycreek

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.