Jacquie SAL

I’m now four parts in to the Jacquie SAL and I love it already! The pattern sections are released by the designer, Faby Reilly, every two weeks, as this SAL post is on a three week cycle, sometimes I’ll just have one new part to share, and sometimes, like today, I’ll have two parts to share.

Three weeks ago I just had a jelly baby on a stick…

You’ll be pleased to know that uneaten jelly babies metamorphose into beautiful dragonflies!

As well as the beautiful blue dragonfly, Faby had stitched a cloud of little ones in a metallic silver thread. Whilst I was rummaging in my box of metallic threads I found two variegated ones which I thought might work, a green/purple one and a pale gold/pink/turquoise one. I decided to stitch a flutter of them across the top in the darker one and all the others in the lighter one. I rather like the effect. I also used the darker metallic one for the veins in the wings

When the next section was released on Wednesday I was that keen to stitch it that I forgot to take a photo before I started the extra back-stitching.

The final section of this panel includes outlines inback-stitch which give it an almost Art Deco feel, together with beads and sequins. I like the matt finish sequins and one little packet has so far done several projects and there is still plenty left! I checked on line the colour of the Mill Hill beads which Faby uses and found some similar in my stash. I decided to change the colours for the heads of the darker dragonflies to a light mauve/green metallic bead. I’m really pleased with the way it’s come out. I love the way the dragonfly stands out even though the background is so busy.

I’ve a decision to make soon, when I was stitching the outlines I realised this piece of linen wasn’t quite big enough for all four panels so I messaged Faby to see if there was a preference for which panels were stitched in a different colour. The next section was one of them. I had a look through the various colours I have in my stash, there’s lighter ones, darker ones…and I found a piece the same colour!! So now I’m wondering whether to do it as per instructions all in the same colour, or do I do two panels in a different colour. I think I’ll wait and see what the next part looks like.

If anyone is tempted to join this stitch-a-long please follow the link to Faby Reilly Designs. It’s nicely paced and her designs are always gorgeous!


This SAL is organised by Avis, we share our progress every three weeks on a wide variety of hand-stitching. Please follow the links to see what every one else has been 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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19 Responses to Jacquie SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    this is stunning, Margaret!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful – almost life like!

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  3. Amanda says:

    Nice bead choices. I think mine are a little dark but Iโ€™m not undoing them ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Cathie J says:

    Someday I will join a stitch along. In the meantime I will enjoy looking at all the beautiful stitching of my fellow bloggers. I absolutely adore this dragonfly and I think you floss and bead choices are fabulous.

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  5. Sharon says:

    I just love seeing your work. This turned out so beautiful. I love all the changes you made too!

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  6. Faby Reilly says:

    I love your creative approach to patterns, Margaret! Your changes are stunning ๐Ÿ˜Š !!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Christina says:

    Gorgeous dragonfly! I love the bead and sequin details.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    I love those shadows of little dragonflies in the background. The big one is exquisite!

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  9. rutigt says:

    Itยดs beautiful!!

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  10. Jane M says:

    Absolutely stunning.
    No resemblance to a blue jelly baby now!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    Such a pretty piece and you must have excellent eyesight.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. wybrow1966 says:

    Such a pretty design – love the little dragonflies.


  13. Carole says:

    Wow, that is stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

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