Zoe Stitch-a-long

It’s about three or four weeks since I last showed you my Zoe box, it’s a stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly and the patterns are released every two weeks. This is usually plenty of time to stitch a section…unless you have 101 other things to do! This is where I was last time I showed you, I’d just finished the first side of the box with the cute little robin on it…

Zoe SAL

I got a bit behind, like I’d pretty much only just started the next section when another pattern was released. I cracked on and just kept going, finishing both parts in a few days.

The first lot of stitching was all the cross-stitch, this was my progress just as I started the next pattern with back-stitched stems…

Zoe SAL

The second part was all the back-stitch and embellishments. The stems are stitched with all six strands of DMC thread, Faby has a good tutorial on her website with lots of tips on how to make it neat with six strands. I’m using satin sequins, I’m rarely comfortable with the shininess of sequins, they’re a bit too blingy, these are a nice compromise. I love the little ladybird, I realised when I was back-stitching that I had omitted the two darker stitches that make his spots, and the head was the wrong colour too, this is one disadvantage of not having a colour printer,some patterns aren’t too clear in black and white. I resolved it by just overstitching with the darker brown!

Zoe SAL

I’m really enjoying stitching this design, each side is going to be a different season, though I haven’t worked out yet why it’s called Zoe!

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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23 Responses to Zoe Stitch-a-long

  1. I love it! It is really beautiful!

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  2. Serinde says:

    You’ve stitched this beautifully (of course!). I just finished my sections yesterday, and it is a joy to stitch — even the backstitch, for a change, really makes a difference. I’m pretty sure I know why it’s called Zoe… but I won’t spoil it for you (unless you want to know, of course). All I’ll say is… it’s Greek to me!

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  3. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous details – lovely ladybird

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  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Marvelous work, Missus!

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  5. Faby Reilly says:

    Looking great!! Your satin sequins are a great alternative šŸ™‚

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  6. claire93 says:

    the backstitch really makes this pop!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    The Robin is such a cute fellow! A beautiful design!

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  8. wybrow1966 says:

    I love the design and think your choice of sequins adds just the right amount of sparkle!

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  9. Gorgeous! It is amazing how the outline stitching provides so much depth in the design!

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  10. Deb A says:

    Such a pretty stitchery you are creating!

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  11. Karrin L. Capps Hurd says:

    What a cute project, love it!

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  12. CathieJ says:

    Your stitching is so pretty.

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