Postcard from Yorkshire SAL

Three weeks ago when I finished Harry the Hare, I was all set to finish my other workshop WIP, my Bethlehem embroidery…

…however, I got distracted when I was looking through my kit box! I decided what I actually needed after a few long projects, both in quilting and embroidery projects, I needed a quickie! Something I didn’t have to concentrate on too much, especially in this hot weather!

I spotted a kit by the Nutmeg Company, It was an impulse buy a few weeks ago when I clicked onto the site to find a link for a question from one of my readers. Nutmeg Company are a little cross-stitch company based up in the picturesque village of Reeth in Swaledale, one of the higher valleys in the Yorkshire Dales. Anyone who follows the Tour de Yorkshire will have seen the cyclists whizz through the village. Anyway, Nutmeg designs do some rather pretty 3D designs, such as boxes, houses, Christmas trees, all in cross-stitch, I’ve made a couple myself….

I fell for a postcard kit. It’s a pretty view of a typical Swaledale scene. Swaledale is particularly known for it’s flower meadows, I think they get a grant now if they leave their hay meadows a little longer before cutting, just long enough for the flowers to set seed for next year. The meadows are beautiful at this time of year. This particular kit, however, is to raise money for the flood relief fund. Twice over the last couple of winters Reeth has been badly hit by floods. The profits from this kit go to the fund. I felt it was a good cause and I liked the picture.

It was quick and easy to stitch, it’s stitched on cross-stitch paper, which is like a firm, perforated paper, it’s 14 count, just cross-stitch, half cross-stitch and back stitch. I had to get into the habit of putting my needle into my scissor fob at the end of a stitching session as it would bend the paper to leave the needle in it.

It’s designd to be a handmade postcard, glued onto paper or card, I’m tempted to mount it on felt and add a little hanging loop. I think it’s rather pretty and it reminds me of holidays we used to have in my mum’s cottage in Wensleydale, we used to visit an open farm up in Swaledale several times a year, watching lambing, collecting eggs etc, the children loved it.

Just as an aside, I’m trying to organise my sewing room a bit better at the moment – I’ve almost managed to get all my fabric in my sewing room!! I was also having problems with an overflowing floss box. I have a lot of DMC threads, all on bobbins, they were in a lovely wooden box my mum had given to me, but it just wasn’t big enough. I spotted Creations by Rod on facebook and then found his website. He makes to order inserts for Ikea cube storage units for craft things, including one for embroidery bobbins or skeins, I ordered the bobbin one. It came pretty quickly considering everything that’s going on at the moment. I love it! Five drawers with dividers in, just the right size for my plastic bobbins. I’m now planning to use my mums box for all my other embroidery thread stash, I just need to bobinate it all!

This SAL is organised by Avis, we share our progress on a project every three weeks, please follow the links to see lots more stitching inspiration…

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for lots more stitching inspiration

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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21 Responses to Postcard from Yorkshire SAL

  1. Catherine says:

    What a beautiful design! It’s very soothing to look at to. I’ve not heard of cross stitch paper, but it does sound like a great thing for small projects.

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  2. Thank you for the link to the storage box – what a great idea.

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  3. katechiconi says:

    Love your storage drawers!

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  4. Oo your postcard is so pretty, I’ve never tried stitching on anything other than fabric but the boxes look so beautiful too. It’s lovely to feel you are supporting a small business too, especially in these tough times for so many businesses. Your bobbin drawers look fab, you are going to be so organised! xx

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  5. CathieJ says:

    What a pretty postcard. I like your idea to back it in felt and hang it. That bobbin storage is wonderful.

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  6. It’s a nice embroidery! Really sweet! I also have a piece of furniture for the threads, it is easier to keep them tidy. Good Week!
    Hugs,Carmela

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  7. Oh i just love that postcard! Can’t wait to visit England once this virus stuff is figured out and we travel safely. Your thread organization is spectacular!

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  8. Deb A says:

    That is a gorgeous stitchery. Great job on the organizing of the craft room.

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    I love the postcard. Perforated paper is really different to stitch. I’ve made a few book marks with it, but I’m still a fabric girl at heart! Your new storage is so spiffy…I need to do something with my floss. It is in an old sewing basket, in little ziplocks, but it is difficult to keep orderly, even though I have the packets on pig rings. The girls are moving in together in an apartment, so the last of Girl #1’s stuff will be heading to Montana soon…there will be some extra space in the closet….hmmm!

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  10. Sharon says:

    I’d love to receive this as a postcard but I like your idea too. Storage boxes are perfect! 🙂

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  11. Christina says:

    What a quick stitch! The postcard is lovely and I love the pops of color from the flowers in the scenery. Great organization for your bobbins!

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  12. claire93 says:

    looks like you had fun stitching on perforated paper ^^

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  13. I’ve never stitched on paper before but this design would work well on plastic canvas too. It’s a lovely scene. The Dales are so beautiful. love the boxes you did previously as well 🙂

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  14. Sherrie says:

    Hi,
    I have heard of the cross stitch paper, but never used it…love the
    picture, so pretty…envy you your bobbin storage. Have a great day!

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  15. rutigt says:

    Beautiful postcard!! I also love the idea with the drawers!

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  16. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous postcard and a lovely way to raise much needed flood funds. Unfortunately with CV19 so many other crises have been forgotten

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  17. I LOVE your stitched postcard!! Those drawers are fantastic!

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  18. Nice to have a pretty and easy one occasionally. I love your new thread storage. x

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  19. Renee says:

    Congratulations on another fabulous finish! Beautiful work.

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