On a Roll

This week I’ve been on a bit of a roll finishing cross-stitch smalls. I’ve not one but three finishes to share!

I’m trying to work my way through my stash of kits and patterns (preferably quicker than I buy them!) so after I stitched the nuthatch I had a change of scene from the bird kits and found a Shepherds Bush pattern which I think I bought last year from a destash site. It sounds like a new one as it’s called ‘Be Nice’ and there’s been a lot of Bee Safe and such like but this one is actually from 2006.

It’s a very pretty design with pink lettering, flowers twining round and bees buzzing round too. It was pretty quick to stitch as well. The original design has lots of JABCO buttons (like 8) of bees, flowers, hearts and bees. They’re lovely are the JABCO beads but over here in the UK they are pretty expensive too. I’ve a handful in my stash so I was planning to include one or two, but when I tried them even the tiniest bee was almost too big, probably because I’d used 36 count linen instead of the 11 count aida in the pattern! I decided to just squeeze one tiny bee on in the letter ‘e’.

To finish it I found some soft green quilting cotton which matches beautifully. Pink ric-rac picked out the colours of the letters and the flowers. I rummaged in my stash for some odd buttons and made some cord using green and pink DMC thread.

Whilst I was couching the cord on I decided to add a pink bead on every stitch, trying to lay them on the front of the cord. I fashioned a bow, used beads for the knot and added a flower charm on a short length of beads.

I think the pink and green make such a pretty pillow.

Next to be finished was a cloverleaf design which I stitched last year (I think!) it was a freebie from Faby Reilly. It’s less than two inches square, little and cute.

I tried the dark green cotton first but it was too dominating for the main fabric. I cut a one inch strip, folded it in half and made a narrow flange. I added some ric-rac with a bit of pink on to bring out the pink in the centre of the leaf. I titivated the ric-rac with some green beads and then finished with cording and beads like before. This one has a glass flower bead instead of a charm hanging from the bow. Perfect for St Patricks Day next month.

This evening I finished the kookaburra which I stitched in the autumn. This was the first of the Fido Stitch Studio kits I made.

He’s is a bit bigger than the other smalls so I just backed it with a taupe cotton with little blue flowers on, it matches nicely. I felt the bottom corner looked a bit bare so I chose three buttons to fill the gap. Again I trimmed the seam with a cord made from DMC threads and little blue beads.

I’ve still three more smalls to finish, but I’m making progress, and more importantly, the pile is going down not going up!

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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7 Responses to On a Roll

  1. endrickwater says:

    You are powering your way through these smalls, and your finishing perfectly complements each design.

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  2. claire93 says:

    your finishings, into little cushions, are always a joy to behold. You really have an eye matching your fabrics, threads & embellishments. They’re all lovely and yes, the clover one will be a lovely decoration for St Patrick’s Day in March ^^

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  3. Sharon says:

    I just love your smalls. Love the finish on the kookaburra!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Gorgeous as always.


  5. kathyreeves says:

    I always love these posts Margaret, they are a feast for the eyes!


  6. Beautiful smalls! I love how you finish them – it adds extra flair!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Amanda says:

    I have done the little clover leaf too. Glad you’re eating into the todo pile!

    Liked by 1 person

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