Southwest Beauties – 6

The sixth and last cactus is done and Southwest Beauties is now finished.

This is the top row:

I have combined six individual cactus patterns from a couple of torn out pages from a German craft magazine, Anna, so I don’t remember the exact volume. I shifted the patterns around until I was satisfied with the layout. Also, I didn’t follow the exact colour scheme but used similar or different floss colours from my stash, taking some liberties in the decoration of the pots as well as with the backstitching.

Here’s my individual take of the cacti:

You’ll find the links to the other SAL participants in the left sidebar (Edit: removed). Not everyone is posting every time and we are in different time zones. Anyway, their sites are always worth a visit as they all have interesting projects on the go.

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Southwest Beauties – 5

Here’s cactus #5 with the usual alterations on the backstitching. 😉 Only one more to go now.

You’ll find the links to the other SAL participants in the left sidebar. (Edit: removed) Not everyone is posting every time and we are in different time zones. Anyway, their sites are always worth a visit as they all have interesting projects on the go.

Southwest Beauties – 4

Cactus # 4, with a few alterations in the backstitching in places where it wasn’t crucial.

You’ll find the links to the other SAL participants in the left sidebar. (Edit: removed) Not everyone is posting every time and we are in different time zones. Anyway, their sites are always worth a visit as they all have interesting projects on the go.

Southwest Beauties – 3


The third one in my collection of cacti. I didn’t backstitch the outline, because only two of the cacti had one.

My favorite cactus so far. 🙂

Here’s what I got now:


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Southwest Beauties – 2

Just a short post today as I’m away on a photo expedition in town.

The second one in my collection of cacti – the only one that hasn’t got any spines. I omitted some of the backstitching in places where it’s not crucial. Yes, I’m a bit lazy sometimes and I hate unnecessary work. 🙂

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Southwest Beauties – 1

I’m back in the SAL with Avis and Claire and everyone else, this time trying my luck as a gardener growing some cacti. Not a project that was on my list but a find when leafing through my small pattern collection searching for something completely different.

As I only had six individual cactus patterns on different torn out pages from a German craft magazine, Anna, I had to make a layout first. I shifted the patterns around until I was satisfied with the layout.

This time I’m not following the exact colour scheme but I’m taking some liberties using similar or different ones from my stash. For instance, I had some green floss left from the Beetles project which I’m using here for the cacti. The pots are stitched in lighter colours than the pattern suggested as I didn’t have the original ones in my stash.

A project that reminds me of a couple of days I spent in Albuquerque many years ago. I love the colours and the designs of the Southwest.

I have moved the links to the other participants in this SAL to the left sidebar. (Edit: removed) Not everyone is posting every time and we are in different time zones. Anyway, their sites are always worth a visit as they all have interesting projects on the go.