Two Bee or not Two Bee

Apologies for the title, I couldn’t resist it!

Earlier this year I made my mum a cross-stitch small with a bee on it. We used to keep bees so it was a bit of a memory jogger too. She loved it, the bumble bee is a beautiful design by Robyn’s Nest on Etsy. I surrounded it with cheerful bee fabric in sunny yellows.

bumble bee cross-stitch

I think the bumble bee is just gorgeous, in fact I loved it so much that I’ve stitched it again for myself – there’s not many designs I’ve made twice!

I wanted to finish it a bit differently, for a start I wanted more of a rectangular finish, my mums turned out a bit bigger than what I wanted for my cross-stitch smalls display and I find the longer shape quite useful when arranging them.

I’ve managed to get a bit of a collection of bee fabrics, I had a play and decided on a more understated one with bees on an allium. I pulled out my trimmings drawer and eventually picked some bee ribbon and a length of mini pompoms in cream. It was a bit fiddly stitching the pompoms under the ribbon but after a couple of sessions with the seam ripper I got it neat enough to be happy.

I felt it needed a little something more so I added three mother of pearl buttons, I think these are 6mm ones. I just had to decide on the edging, I felt it needed something but with the pompoms I didn’t think mu usual twisted cord would work. In the end I used some narrow ric-rac in a soft green and stitched it on with gold beads. I’m not sure about the gold beads, they could be a bit too much, but they’re not coming off. If anyone asks, they represent the sacs of pollen and nectar the bees collect on their legs!

bumble bee cross-stitch

I’m getting a bit of a collection of bee smalls now, but I think this is my favourite at the moment.

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 Two Bee or not Two Bee

  1. Laura says:

    I absolutely love this one, Margaret! Gold beads and all! When you are tired of it, send it to me! πŸ™‚

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  2. This is just stunning! Love the bee, love the beading, the whole project. Beautiful!

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  3. Steph says:

    Really cute!

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  4. anne54 says:

    There is something so appealing about bumble bees, and this one is a delight! think the gold beads finish it perfectly.

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This one is a stunner. I like them all though.

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  6. Gail says:

    Very nice, My husband’s grandfather was a bee keeper.

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    You can’t beat a bee unless you have two bees. The smalls are lovely.

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  8. LaNelle says:

    So gorgeous…enjoyed both finishes!

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  9. Gold beads are perfect…like drops of honey πŸ™‚

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  10. so pretty! Great cross stitching!

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  11. claire93 says:

    that’s a really lovely finish . . . bee-utiful in fact ^^

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  12. kathyreeves says:

    Great finish on this one, Margaret!

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