Busy Bees

Last year I made my mum a cross-stitch small with a beautiful bumble bee on it. The pattern is still available on Etsy, I think it’s gorgeous! I found some cheerful quilting fabrics with sunflowers and bees on to titivate it. We used to keep bees when I was young so it seemed appropriate, she loved it…

Bee cross-stitch

The cross-stitch was so beautiful I decided to make myself one too! This time I made it more oblong shaped with a subtle soft green fabric with bees on. I added some mini pompom trim with ric-rac and beads round the edge…

Bee cross-stitch

I posted it on facebook and a good friend asked if I would make her one too! Over Christmas I stitched the bumblebee and later sent her photos of three different options for making it up. She chose the pretty green fabric with bees amongst twines of leaves. It’s one of my favourite fabrics at the moment…

Bee cross-stitch

I rummaged through my trims drawer to see what would work, trying lace, pom-poms, ribbon – someone asked to see my drawer, well here it is!!!


As you can see I still haven’t worked out a way of sorting it! I tend to pick up lengths at shows or just when I see them. At first I found it quite hard as I didn’t know what I would use – I’m getting better!

I stitched the basic oblong, added bee tape and a gorgeous variegated ricrac which co-ordinated perfectly with the blue of the buds on the fabric. I stitched on the backing and stuffed it. I still felt it needed a little more embellishment so I added some tiny soft gold beads next to the ric-rac – it’s just enough.

Bee cross-stitch

I wanted something round the edge, but the ric-rac would have been too much, so I chose three coordinating DMC threads and made some cord. I used two shades of blue and a soft yellow. Now I have a cord maker it’s a two minute job. I stitched it round, forming a loop at the top and a bow behind to finish off the back.

handmade cord

She loves it! I think it’s the first time I’ve stitched a pattern more than once – three times is definitely a record!

Bee cross-stitch

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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22 Responses to Busy Bees

  1. Anne S says:

    All three finishes are lovely but I especially love the last one (I’m a ‘blue girl’ so I’m biased)

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  2. Faby Reilly says:

    Absolutely gorgeous !!

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  3. katechiconi says:

    It is a very pretty design! I keep my old cotton reels and wind ribbon lengths onto those to keep them tidy; it works pretty well, as two half inch widths will fit on the one Gütermann reel, saving space.

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  4. Sharon says:

    Everyone is just BEEutiful!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    Three different finishes, and all quite beeutiful!

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  6. suemreed says:

    Really beautiful!

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  7. claire93 says:

    your finishing, with choice of beads, lace and cord really make each piece very spectacular. That’s where I fall down with my finishes. I’ve got lots of ribbons & embellishments in my stash, I just very rarely think to use them.

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  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:


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  9. Beautiful hand work!

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  10. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely work, Margaret! When you have a moment, what is a cord maker? Thank you in advance.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Del, a cord maker is a little plastic thing made by Clover (you can buy beautiful wooden ones for three times the price) and you attached thread to it (I use DMC) and it will twist the threads so that when it’s released it makes a decorative cord. I used to use a pencil and twist it but this makes a much neater cord.

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  11. Gail says:

    Bee-utiful! Each one is special with the different fabrics and embellishments

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  12. Gretchen says:

    Lovely pincushions, very sweet!

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  13. Sarah says:

    All three are beautiful, I love the fabrics you have married up with the cross stitches too!

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  14. CathieJ says:

    I love all three of these pieces. I really like how you made the tri-color cord. I also learned a new word – “titivate”. I had to look it up.

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  15. Karrin Hurd says:

    Love that bee, and your color is perfect!

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  16. Kim Sharman says:

    Oh my, your bee is amazing. Love the pretty bee ribbon and other pretties you chose to adorn the sweet cushion. Isn’t it the best fun to rummage through messy trims and bits and bobs.

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  17. daneesey says:

    These are all such sweet fun! But I love the last one (the blue one) the best! 🙂

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