Zoe and Zen

By the end of last week I’d managed to catch up with both my cross-stitch stitch-a-longs, the patterns are both released fortnightly with just a few days in between…

First to be stitched is always the Zoe box SAL by Faby Reilly. This will be finished by Christmas and we have just two more sections to stitch before we start constructing the box. This time we were stitching the top of the box lid. It’s a gorgeous design of leaves and berries, flowers, cones etc. The cross-stitch was completed the week before, so it looked like this…


This week we added all the back-stitch, spidersweb stitches, woven roses, sequins, beads, all the extra embellishments that make Faby’s designs so special. It’s made a lovely wreath of leaves going through the seasons. I love it…


The next pattern has just been released, we’re stitching the inside of the box lid now, it’s so pretty but you’ll have to wait for that installment!

My Zen cross-stitch is actually called Enlightenment, it’s by Tempting Tangles, it’s a sampler of Quaker images with a Zen saying. This one is being released in strict square order, which I must admit isn’t my usual way of working, I do keep stitching extra bits when I can see what’s coming! Last time it looked like this…

Enliightment SAL

This time we’ve finished the row, so we’re exactly half way through the sampler…

Enlightment SAL

As you can see I have stitched a little bit below the line, mainly to help with counting for things like the letter t. There’s also meant to be the tops of other stitches completed, but it was like one or two stitches only for each letter, so I’ll stitch that when we get the pattern for the rest of the letters. I love the border, it’s stitched with a beautiful variegated thread.

The next pattern will be released on Friday, I think we’ll just reach the letter C on the row below. I think think this one is destined to become a cushion in our guest room – by chance the colours will go perfectly with my Coming Home quilt!

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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13 Responses to Zoe and Zen

  1. Avril Baxter says:

    Your Enlightenment is coming on so well. I am way behind because I have had things to do for other people. Also I am doing it on 40 count and have never done that before so it is a challenge for me.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    My goodness your coming home quilt came together quickly!

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  3. wybrow1966 says:

    You have been busy – love the little cross stitch.

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  4. The little box is intriguing – can not wait for the next instalment. I also love the colours in the Enlightenment cross stitch.

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  5. Gail says:

    I love how a bit of outlining turns patches of green and gold into a gorgeous border of leaves! I am way behind you on Coming Home…hoping to get some house construction done this week.


  6. Beautiful work! I’m always amazed by the depth and definition that the backstitch adds to a piece which you show in the difference between photo 1 and photo 2. Thanks for linking up!


  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful stitching. I love seeing your work!


  8. seasons55 says:

    You have some lovely projects going on and your stitching is beautiful.


  9. daneesey says:

    Your Faby design is really gorgeous — I bet it’s fun to stitch on — it would make me smile every time I worked on it!! 🙂


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