From QR to SAL

I didn’t know what a QR code was until last week, well I knew what they were, I just didn’t know they had a name! A QR code is one of those funny little square codes for scanning that pop up every where these days.

A couple of weeks ago I saw an intriguing little cross-stitch which is a freebie on the facebook page of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria. It’s a cross-stitch of the QR code for Love is patient, Love is kind. It looked a pretty quick stitch and although I wasn’t convinced it would work, I rather liked the idea of being able to scan a cross-stitch.

It didn’t take long to stitch at all, I used one of my favourite DMC variegated threads which has soft shades of green and purple. I was very careful not to have a stitch wrong, I’m not sure how these codes work, I wouldn’t like to be one stitch out and end up with Fifty Shades!

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Having stitched it I had to try it out! This was a bit of a learning curve, I had to find an app for my phone, download it and then work out how to use it! To my amazement it worked! Well it worked the first time, I couldn’t replicate it to show my OH!

I decided to make it into a scissor fob, it’s about the right size and I’ve also just treated myself to some new embroidery scissors from a quilters destashing group (a dangerous page to be on!!) They are made by Premax, I loved the shape of them and they are a lovely weight to use too. I found some co-ordinating purple cotton for the back, I added the beads round the edge and then made a length of cord from perle thread. I did get in a bit of a pickle putting the cord in as I forgot it was easier to put it in before you stitch the bottom up, so I was trying to thread it in with a large needle from corner to corner. After much faddling about I undid a few stitches and pushed the knots in!

I’ve just ordered some more DMC threads and linen for a new stitch-a-long which Faby Reilly is organising. I’ve stitched a couple of her SAL’s and quite a few other designs too as I really like her style…

This time the Zoe SAL, as it’s called, will make an embroidered box, the list of threads includes my favourite thread above so we’re onto a good start! The patterns will be released every couple of weeks starting in mid April, Faby usually plans it pretty well in that the amount to be stitched can comfortably be completed in the two weeks. So if any one fancies joining me with the Zoe SAL, just follow the link to Faby’s site.

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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16 Responses to From QR to SAL

  1. Donna says:

    Love the QR stitch. I couldn’t get the first picture to scan but the second one, showing the fob, worked perfectly.

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  2. Maia T. says:

    I was able to get the code to read, but not consistently. I think it works more reliably if the code is black on white, but readers also tend to be fussy to start with. The poppy oranment is really nice.

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Congratulations! This looks lovely. šŸ„°

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    What a clever idea!

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  5. Serinde says:

    Have signed up for the SAL — thanks for that, it looks wonderful and I really enjoyed the Christie SAL. I’m hoping I have most of the threads in stash, but where did you find platinum 32ct Belfast linen? Or are you, in your usual style, using another colour?

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  6. Your work is just so lovely! Great idea ~

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  7. claire93 says:

    love the code bar ^^

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  8. KerryCan says:

    My husband had surgery last week and they gave me a QR code to use, to let me know what stage he was in the whole procedure! All your work is so pretty!

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  9. The QR code thing is so cool!!! I think I’m going to try to make some for my friends with businesses!

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  10. wybrow1966 says:

    Oh no, the stich along sounds great – but with my sensible head on I will have to miss out as I already have so many projects to finish off!

    Liked by 1 person

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