August Smalls

I was a bit late this month arranging my selection of smalls for August, mainly because most of them were out on display anyway for the needlework part of my open garden and I hadn’t quite got round to putting them away!

I’ve decided August is going to be on a theme of creatures, all kinds included! It started because the August cross-stitch from Snow-Flower Diaries has a border collie on it.

Cross-stitch smalls

I then found my cat one, I originally stitched this in my 20’s and it warped a bit – too much to frame it, so it sat in my workbox for far too many years, decades in fact, until I decided to turn it into a small. I think it was a Lanarte kit, it’s very fine, too fine for my eyes now!

Needlepoint cat pillow

The lavender bag is one I made for my mum a couple of years ago, it’s got a pretty little butterfly on it. This is a design by Faby Reilly who’s Zoe box I’m stitching at the moment.

Lavender Bag; Faby Reilly
Faby Reilly Design

In the middle of the soft green/teal one is a tiny butterfly charm. I bought the pattern quite a few years ago at the knitting and stitching show, it included the charm. I think I’ve over done this one a bit with the lace, but it’s very pretty.

Butterfly Dance

I stitched the brown rabbit holding a daisy last spring, it’s one of my favourites, the design is so simple but effective. The design is by Dany Chevallier, I’ve another one to stitch of a rabbit holding a daffodil.

Cross-stitch smalls

The three hopping rabbits are over 20 years old, it was originally on a bib I embroidered for my children (who are now in their twenties!) I found it in a box in the loft a few months ago and decided to turn it into a small.

Cross-stitch smalls

Last but not least is my blackwork sheep, he was a practice piece for a square I had to fill on a joint piece with my Embroiderers Guild. Skipton name originates from sheep town, so I felt we ought to have a sheep in the design!

Blackwork Sheep

So that’s my little seasonal display for August, I still haven’t stitched the last three months of the year (only had twelve months to do it in!!) so I need to get myself organised!

Cross-stitch smalls

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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15 Responses to August Smalls

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the lacy one and don’t think you have overdone it all. I also have a fondness for the rabbits from the bib.

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  2. Beautiful hand work! Love them all! Such a gift to do cross stitching!

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  3. A beautiful collection of smalls πŸ™‚

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Creatures is a great theme! The border collie and bunnies are so cute and fun!

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  5. Such beautiful pieces, your home must be a delight of littles and laces.

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  6. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Karen, I love all your smalls, especially the Border Collie. You are so talented. I really want to do something like this you inspire me. Thank you for sharing. Regards Mandy

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  7. Laura says:

    All beautiful pieces, Margaret! What is the plant that the sheep small is photographed with? πŸ™‚

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  8. claire93 says:

    well done with keeping up your monthly display of smalls ^^

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  9. Beautiful work πŸ™‚ Love the lavender bag especially, very pretty.

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  11. magpiesue says:

    I don’t think you’ve overdone the one with the lace at all! Every last one is charming. I’m amazed at your output given all the other things you have going on in your life!

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  12. Prue Batten says:

    As always, I’m amazed at your prolific needle, Margaret. You’re the embodiment of using every hour in the given day! πŸ˜‰


  13. Gail says:

    What a cute bunny! The bunnies in my garden eat the flowers…they don’t hold them!
    The border collie reminds me of my SIL’s dog, Smudge.


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