I’ve just finished the second installment of the Zoe stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly, it’s going to be a box, we’re stitching the sides at the moment. We don’t know what the finished design is like, but having stitched quite a few of her designs I trust her to make it beautiful!

The patterns are being released every two weeks, which is plenty of time to complete the stitching. The first pattern was just the cross-stitch of one of the sides…


This time we did all the titivating! We back-stitched round the leaves and the robin and added the stems. Faby has a really good tutorial on back-stitching with six strands of embroidery thread, I learnt several useful tips.

The rice-stitch along the bottom is stitched with a variegated DMC thread and some silver thread over the top. I used some silver thread I had in my stash. It was typical that with the variegated thread of purple, green, pink and beige, it was mainly beige in this stretch, I think I’ll try and be a bit more selective next time!

The beads are some I had in my stash but the sequins are some I bought specially. I found some that were more of a satin finish, which is much more me! They still pick up other colours but they’re a little more subtle than the usual shiny ones.


It’s another week before the next pattern is released, that one might give us a bit more of a clueas to the general theme of the box.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link for lots of hand-stitched inspiration.

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 Zoe SAL

  1. kathyreeves says:

    It’s looking great thus far, Margaret, another lovely design!

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  2. Gail says:

    The little bird is so cute! The beads are a nice touch too. This looks like a fun project.

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  3. Sarah says:

    It’s looking lovely. How big is it?

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  4. That is coming along quite nicely!

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  5. CathieJ says:

    This is beautiful.

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  6. Oh how pretty… love the beads!

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  7. Kim Sharman says:

    Oh how sweet your little embroidery is. Love the little bird.

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  8. Catherine says:

    This is looking great so far. What a great way to keep interested in a piece too, when you donโ€™t know whatโ€™s coming up!

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