October Smalls

I’m a bit late with this post as I’ve been trying to finish my October cross-stitch, I finished it at the weekend. It’s one of the set from Snowflower Diaries, they’re free on her facebook page. For some reason this one has felt hard work, I nearly packed it away for later a couple of times until I gave myself a stern talking to and buckled down to finish it. I think part of the problem was that I’ve a couple of really pretty autumn ones I want to make before it’s winter!

This also wasn’t my favourite design of the set. I made a couple of changes – the hedgehog and the snail shell for some reason were in DMC white, now I know hedgehogs are lightish, but they’re not white! I changed it to a light beige colour, though it now seems to blend in with the linen a bit. The flowers were a strange colour scheme but I left those as they were. I found some floral cotton for the background which picked out the pink and the gold of the flowers nicely.

Snowflower Diaries

I stitched some of the variegated ric-rac round the edge, I bought it at Yarndale – I love this stuff! This one is dusky pink, peach and brown. I added a bow and a button and it was finished.

Snowflower Diaries

With my October one finished I could finish my arrangement of cross-stitch smalls;

cross stitch smalls

I made the pear a few years back, the gold bee was one I made for my mum many years ago, it matched a cushion I made her. The cat is from even further back, I probably stitched that in my 20’s, in was a UFO in my workbox until I turned it into a small last year.

I stitched the daisy last year, it hasn’t appeared in my monthly collections for a while as it went into hiding in my sewing room! It re-appeared over the weekend so here it is! The blackwork sheep was a practice piece for an Embroiderers Guild Group Challenge.

The bumble bee remains my favourite of all my smalls.

I’m not going to even try to stitch November and December in time as there’s others I want to do first, hopefully I’ll stitch them in time for next year!

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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9 Responses to October Smalls

  1. I love your idea of stitching smalls and display them. It is a great idea for all those small projects we love making, but don’t know what to do with after. Also, you have a way with finishing them into the mini pillows with the ribbons and stuff, they look very neat and professional.

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  2. Jane M says:

    Lovely collection. Your hedgehog and snail are gorgeous

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    The little hedgehog is so cute! You have a nice October display Margaret! Do you have a difficult time selecting what you want to display each month yet?!

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  4. I love how you finish all of them. I get a piece stitched and I have no idea what to do with it then. I really need to learn how to use a sewing machine.

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  5. Gail says:

    Great fall display of little projects! I love the hedgehog!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Love these smalls, such a great idea.

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  7. A great addition to a lovely selection! I love these little projects they are so sweet, I think the bee is my favourite too but I do love your new hedgehog and the ginger cat is very sweet. Jenny x

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  8. wybrow1966 says:

    The hedgehog and snail are lovely!


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