Counting Sheep

I stitch for lots of reasons, I found over the last couple of weeks that a little cross-stitch helps to keep me calm, in the hours before my mum’s funeral I stitched, a couple of times I woke up at 3am, as I was still awake at 4am I got up, made a cup of tea and did some cross-stitch, counting crosses instead of counting sheep!

Ironically one of the pieces I stitched in a matter of days was a sheep, a few months ago I bought the set of Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues second hand, so they haven’t got the buttons in, but all I really need is the pattern. I’d got a hair appointment on Tuesday – a colour one, so I’d be there a coupe of hours! I felt I needed a nice simple cross-stitch and these fitted the bill. I chose the one called ‘Peace’, it seemed rather apt.

I changed the colours slightly to a softer green range. I also used a variegated thread for the border which I am really pleased with. I finished it last night, so I just need to make it up now. I think the sheep is so cute…

Another finish last week is called Hive, I can’t remember the designer but there’s a whole series of cross-stitches based on four letter words, I’m sure I’ve got another one somewhere for leaf. It’s very pretty and one which brings happy memories of my mum as I had been stitching it during my last few visits to see her. She loved seeing what I was working on.

So I’ve got three cross-stitch smalls waiting to be made up with the shamrock one I did earlier in the month – I’d better get stitching!

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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9 Responses to Counting Sheep

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    A lovely way to think about your Mum , and hopefully help you get back to sleep. Such pretty work too.


  2. It is a peaceful way to spend some time isnt it. I ordered some aida and a magazine subscription to keep my mum stocked up as she is going to be home alone for the next few weeks staying away from the virus as she is in the at risk age bracket. I think she will have all her Christmas cards done by the end of April! Your projects are beautiful, I love that peaceful sheep especially! xx


  3. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, your little projects are lovely, they are the ideal size for a card or a pincushion. Cross stitching is so relaxing, it seems like it shouldn’t be but I remember when I first started I took to it like a duck to water. It’s a gift to ourselves. Regards Mandy xx


  4. These little projects are really charming.


  5. Wonderful little projects to ease the mind. I like how the heart is woven in to the sheep.


  6. Gail says:

    I had trouble sleeping when my Dad was sick and after he died as well. I used my cross stitch to keep me calm and relax during that stressful time. I love the sheep…so cute! The bees are lovely too. Take care.


  7. kathyreeves says:

    Love your sheep and bees Margaret. While isolation isn’t tons of fun, I have a feeling there will be some lovely crafty things keeping you busy and calm. Here’s to some lovely nights of good sleep for you!


  8. tinaor says:

    I understand about picking up something crafty when not able to sleep – I can knit a few rows in similar circumstances – as long as I make myself leave my warm bed and go downstairs to my knitting pile. Unfortunately my husband draws the line at having another knitting bag beside the bed as he ‘puts up with it’ everywhere else in the house!


  9. Steph says:

    We all need a little peace right now! It’s perfect!


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