Autumn Cross-stitch

I realised over the last few weeks that I have somewhat of a gap in my smalls collection, I’ve lots of spring and summer ones, lots of Christmas ones, but no specific autumn ones, I’ve only just finished ‘October’…

October cross-stitch - snowflower diaries

Faby Reilly is one of my favourite cross-stitch designers and recently she released a little autumn freebie. I always think freebies are a perfect way of trying out a designers style, you can check out their instructions and style before committing lots of time to a larger project.

Faby Reilly cross-stitch

I’ve stitched several of Faby’s designs and this was a nice little quick one to stitch for autumn. It took a couple of evenings or so to do the stitching, it’s only about 2″ square, hence the photo is not quite in focus! It’s very pretty.

Last night I decided to make it up. I rummaged through my stash and found this batik with a leaf image on it, colourwise in matched perfectly. I pulled a few trims out of my drawers to play with and eventually settled on this gorgeous variegated ribbon trim – I bought it at Yarndale last month.

Faby Reilly cross-stitch

I added a row of fly stitch and hand stitched the trim on right next to the seam. It was then a simple job to machine stitch it to the backing fabric, turn it and stuff it. My original plan was to put some buttons on the brown batik, I even thought I’d found some perfect ones in my stash – slices of wood, but they were just a bit too big, mother of pearl ones were too bright – I decided it was best left plain in the end.

Faby Reilly cross-stitch

So come November 1st I’ll have an autumnal small to share!

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

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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25 Responses to Autumn Cross-stitch

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Charming! Love the colours and your overall design!

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  2. I love that little autumn design, and you are so clever at getting them finished nicely too xx

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  3. Laura says:

    I love the little wreath! Pretty!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    The brown looks so rich and the trim is perfect. I am still in love with that cute hedge hog too!

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  5. endrickwater says:

    I agree with you about Faby Reilly designs (just acquired three more…), and your interpretations are always lovely. Do you know of any source — book or online — that can help with finishing? I don’t know even know where to start to complete something as lovely as your finishes!

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  6. Your smalls are so adorable. I went to the Twisted Stitcher site…looked around – she is wonderful

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  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    Love your smalls, especially this autumn one!

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  8. Gretchen says:

    It looks so cute! Love the autumn colors. The fabric you cross stitch on looks so tiny, I’m afraid I’ve have trouble seeing the little holes! Happy Stitching!


  9. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s as pretty as everything you make. Wonderful small.


  10. I can imagine how many handcrafted delights fill your home! Glad you are making some Autumn smalls – you do not want any gaps in the collection 🙂


  11. Sarah says:

    Your small turned out beautifully! I’ve started work on November from the snowflower diaries. Nice little designs too.


  12. karenfae says:

    love your stitches


  13. CathieJ says:

    Your little pillow is so pretty. I agree that it looks just fine without any buttons. I like October too.


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