First Finish of 2021

Yesterday I finished off an embroidery I started just before Christmas. It is called a Strawberry Pot, it’s a kit by the Historic Needlework Guild which I bought for £3 from a Facebook destash page last year. I suspect it’s quite an old kit as the copyright date is 1997!

When I was packing my overnight bag to go into hospital for my operation I wanted a nice simple cross-stitch to take along. Looking at the photo I thought this fitted the bill, no complicated colour changes, a nice simple design…

…I didn’t twig that the centre strawberry design is stitched over one thread!! Nevertheless, I made a good start in hospital, it took my mind off things whilst I was waiting to go down and I even managed a little stitching the next day before I went home.

It was lovely to stitch as the thread is silk, it felt gorgeous to use, though I’m not convinced it looks much different to DMC once it’s stitched.

I finished the stitching a few days later and then it sat in my workbox as life went a bit pear-shaped over Christmas, until yesterday.

It was fairly easy to make up, though a litle fiddly at times. Having cut the embroidery into a fan shape using the template provided, I stitched a gathering line using a zig-zag machine stitch over a length of strong thread – I used hand-quilting cotton. Then it was a matter of machine-stitching the sides, stuffing and gathering up the top.

The top is finished using a big spiders web stitch with perle thread. I think it’s very effective as a way of covering the top. The stork embroidery scissors give you an idea of size…

As a final finishing touch I added a beaded loop using some tiny green beads from my stash.

I love it! It’s a pretty little thing, it was quick to stitch and easy to finish, a perfect project for convalescing!

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 First Finish of 2021

  1. endrickwater says:

    This is lovely — and your ability to manage to do this whilst either in hospital or convalescing is most impressive. Wishing you continuing better-ness and wellness.

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  2. susie Q says:

    That is delightful. I have never seen an ornament done that way. Thanks for showing us.

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  3. claire93 says:

    ever so pretty! and love the spiderweb embroidery in green that really does make it look like a strawberry!

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  4. Laura says:

    Sweet little ornament! I think it is ingenious to close the top with the spider web stitch! Very pretty! 🙂

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  5. I hope you are feeling better now Margaret and what a beautiful little stitch to start the year off with. I love the idea of the spider web topping to this. xx

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  6. Amanda says:

    That’s lovely. Is it a scissor fob or just a dangle? You’re so lucky with your de stash finds! The few groups I’ve joined have been awful and I’ve come off them.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    The spider web on top is a brilliant finish, what a cute little project! Glad you are feeling better!

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  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    We will all be wanting strawberries soon…lovely piece.

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  9. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Such a delightful little project and I’m happy you were able to create as part of your convalescence. Creativity isn’t so valued everywhere, and I’m glad it’s appreciated over your way. Please take care and heal completely before you tear back into gardening or other such. xx 💕

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  10. Jane M says:

    That is gorgeous and beautifully finished as always. Hope you’re feeling better very soon

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  11. Sharon says:

    Adorable first finish – feel better please

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  12. katechiconi says:

    Very, very pretty. I hope your recovery will be as perfectly complete as this little beauty. Take it easy, no weeding or digging or 12 mile walks until you’re fully mended.

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  13. tialys says:

    It’s another beautiful little thing you’ve created there Margaret.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  14. nanacathy2 says:

    This is totally gorgeous. What a find, and beautifully stitched as always.

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  15. anne54 says:

    Such a pretty thing! Best wishes for your continued speedy recovery. xox

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  16. magpiesue says:

    I have a much plainer strawberry I started a couple of years ago – now I know how to finish the top! 😀

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