The Eleventh Hour

A couple of years ago I started stitching the Joyful World series of cross-stitch designs. This was originally a free SAL on the Snowflower Diary website. I got as far as October and stopped – I think the month overtook and that took away any sense of timescale. I’ve been making them into mini pillows and they are always part of my monthly display of smalls at home – here’s October…

As I had finished both the Anthea design for October and my Believe cross-stitch and there as still a bit of October left, I decided to try and complete November. I had just enough time to comfortably stitch it.

November’s design is a peacock, as many of you know, I’m rather partial to peacock designs – my sewing room is full of TKMaxx boxes with peacocks on! I sorted out the colours recommended and was quite surprised that the peacock blue and green colours seemed quite drab, so I swopped them for colours just a shade brighter, the green one is the DMC variegated one, I think it works pretty well…

Last night I made it up into a mini pillow, I used a soft green bee fabric which I particularly like, it co-ordinates with the blue and the gold colours too. I made a cord to go round the edge too, I have to be honest and say it’s that long since I made a cord I couldn’t remember how many strands of thread I usually use! I made it with a green and a blue thread, really I should have doubled them up as it’s come out a little meagre. I used it anyway and it’s pretty enough. It also has the advantage that it’s thin enough to thread glass beads onto so I could make some tasselly bit’s with the ends.

I’m pretty pleased with November, it’ll be going on display shortly, I just need to get organised and make December now!

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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19 Responses to The Eleventh Hour

  1. Jude says:

    Good morning from Australia. I wanted to let you know how much I like your posts. I admire your energy to achieve so much; stitching, garden and walks. The posts are lovely 😊

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  2. Laura says:

    Very pretty! Love your thread choices! 🙂

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  3. Robin Murphy says:

    That’s a beautiful peacock, just love the threads you used. The beads are perfect.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Lovely small, Margaret!

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  5. Catherine says:

    This is is really lovely, I love the colours.

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    I love your small- the peacock is a perfect addition.

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  7. Jane Morrish says:

    Looks lovely and your beads are a great addition

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  8. Steph says:

    A perfect peacock!

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  9. anne54 says:

    Peacocks are such regal birds, aren’t they? With good reason, I suppose, with those jewel colours and the tail! Love you peacock.

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  10. Sharon says:

    You always inspire me! Love the peacock mini pillow…

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  11. Carla Therrien says:

    Oh what a perfect way to use those charts! I downloaded them but never got started you are inspiring me!

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  12. LindaSol says:

    How lovely it’s beautiful, I love the October cushion.

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  13. Your peacock is gorgeous and I love your pillow collection!

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  14. Karrin Hurd says:

    Love those peacocks, they are gorgeous!

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  15. Cathie J says:

    I love this little pillow. That peacock is beautiful.

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  16. Jenny Benton says:

    Your peacock is gorgeous. But tassles and beads wouldn’t work in our home, they would be a magnet to our cat Gemma to beat the dangly thing into submission!

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  17. Beautiful works and I love the one with the cord with the beads!

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  18. Amanda says:

    I enjoy your little monthly collections.

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