Autumn Smalls for November

I’ve finally managed to collate an autumnal collection of smalls, just in time for November. Last night I finished another autumn freebie, this time by Thea Dueck, it was released on her facebook page (Victoria Sampler Chat Group) she’s a new designer to me so it was nice to try a little design first. It was released over 4 weeks, bit by bit, but I didn’t discover it until the end, so I just stitched it all at once….

Autumn cross-stitch small

Isn’t it pretty? There’s no thread key, you can choose whatever threads you wish, which is great, but it also means you have to think and also means that maybe some things would have been better in a different colour…like the two bottom oak leaves which disappear into the pumpkin, hence the extra back-stitching! I love how the borders and the letters have worked in the variegated threads.

It took me a while to decide on fabrics to make it up with, I haven’t got a huge selection of browns. I found a gorgeous one which colourwise matched perfectly, but it was too busy. My thought with this one was to have it as a narrow border with a darker brown next to it. Having stitched it on and added the ric-rac, I decided it was enough.

Autumn cross-stitch small

Once the front was done I could stitch the back on, stuff it and slip stitch the end. I think it’s really pretty. I really must get better at checking things for loose threads before I photograph them! By the way, the gorgeous wool you can see behind was woven less than two miles from my home at Marton Mills. I’ve just discovered that twice a year they have a pop up factory sale so I’ve three more lengths in my stash! I think there’s a concerted effort to push Yorkshire wool as the quality product it has always been, Abraham Moon in Guiseley have cornered a niche corner of the market with their beautiful tweeds and Fabworks (a fabric shop in Dewsbury) have recently released their ‘Made in Huddersfield’ range of gorgeous tweeds. It’s nice to think fabric I’m wearing was made just a few miles away.

Autumn cross-stitch small

If you fancy trying one of Theas designs she’s just started a Christmas stitch-a-long on her facebook page.

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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12 Responses to Autumn Smalls for November

  1. anne54 says:

    Aren’t variegated threads wonderful? Yours was perfect in the lettering, to make a very sweet small.

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  2. claire93 says:

    oh that really is very pretty, and the choice of leafy fabric & rickrack to finish off – perfection!

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  3. JZ says:

    Cute! Love this.

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  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Love the colours you chose for this small, Margaret!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    This is just lovely!

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  6. Love your smalls 🙂

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  7. Jane M says:

    Lovely autumnal details, great colours too

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  8. tialys says:

    This is a lovely addition to your autumn collection.

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  9. suemreed says:

    I thought it was so lovely I joined the group only to find it was no longer available! So sad.

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