Unseasonably Small

I started this little cross-stitch back at the start of November, it was a kit I bought at Bonds in Farsley – three for £5, I found two pretty blue designs and was struggling to find a third kit for my bargain price. The assistant pointed this one out, it’s got a sort of old-fashioned quaintness about it. I also thought that as the flowers are more peach/orange, it will spread from summer to autumn for my smalls display! I think it was a Lanarte kit, I saved the pack for this moment, but having just totally reorganised my sewing room I’ve mislaid it!

I changed the aida provided for some evenweave linen, not sure what colour this is officially, it’s an off white, light stone sort of colour. It would have been fairly quick to stitch if I didn’t have so many other projects on the go, as it was it was December before it was finished and it had to wait til last night to be made into a small.

I found some green quilting cotton in my stash and played around a bit with trims before I finally decided on the narrow ivory lace and the beige tape. Having stitched it together and stuffed it I felt it needed something else. I tried some buttons in the corners but that didn’t work, so they got unpicked.

This morning I decided to try beads, I fished out my bead box, had a rummage and found these lovely amber coloured beads, they’re from a mixed colour set from Hobbycraft and they’ve proved very useful over time. I found some tiny green ones which were a similar shade to the cotton as well as the flower bead. Ideas began to formulate…

I stitched an amber bead in each corner, using a tiny green bead to help secure it. For one top corner I went through the amber bead, then picked up just over an inch of the tiny green ones, the flower and finally a peach mini bead, I then threaded the needle back down the line of green beads as far as the amber one. I then picked up another good inch of green beads, finishing with a bright blue one which had escaped into the green bead pot, it just happened to be the same shade as the flower jug. I added a bird charm before returning back through the line of beads and securing the thread back in the small.

Job done! It’s just enough to finish it without overwhelming the design, the beads aren’t quite so bright as they look with camera flash! I think this will be the last cross-stitch finish of 2019, it will be all ready when summer and autumn 2020 arrive!

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!
This entry was posted in embroidery, Serendipity, Smalls of the Month and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

17 Responses to Unseasonably Small

  1. magpiesue says:

    It’s darling. I love the addition of the flower bead and bird charm. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, I love this little cushion, the amber beads as perfect. I need to make some stitching plans. When will you do your goals post for 2020, I’m looking forward to it. regards Mandy xx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What a beautiful piece! I like the beads and how you finished it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Sweet. I really like the beads.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Laura says:

    Super sweet, Margaret! 🙂


  6. Gail says:

    What a cute little project. Nice to have another one done before 2019 is behind us. Happy new year!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Helen Rowen says:

    So cute and I love your tiny charms which just add that extra touch

    Liked by 1 person

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Just gorgeous. And… and I recognise the design, it once featured a long long time ago as one of those kits on the front of a magazine. I know cos I stitched it.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. CathieJ says:

    I would never have thought to add the bright blue bead, but it works perfectly. I love this small.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Alcea Rosea says:

    Very pretty, it would make a lovely pincushion. The little extras make it special.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sharon says:

    I love every small you make 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. kathyreeves says:

    The beads were the perfect endpoint! I would love to see a photo of your trim collection, your bits and pieces look like what we used to be able to buy when there were real fabric stores around!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. That little pillow is sweet! The green fabric compliments the piece nicely 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  14. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Such a precious little small, Margaret! Love the colours you’ve chosen, and the combinations in the finished piece are perfect❣️

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.