SAL 3; Flower Lattice

This is my third post with the Stitch-a-long link party, so the photos below show just over six weeks work, though to be fair, I have done a fair few other projects in the last few weeks too!! Hopefully now I’ve managed a few finishes, I can concentrate a bit more in my Flower Lattice.

The design is by Di van Niekerk, I bought her book at an Embroiderers Guild day, thinking it was just a book of flower designs, it was only when I got it home I realised it made one glorious design. After a quick search on ebay I managed to get the background print too, all I have to do is embroider it…

This is how it looked three weeks ago, the bullions seemed to be taking forever!

Flower Embroidery

On Monday I took it with me to stitch at my Embroiderers Guild meeting in Skipton, we meet once a month and the usual format is stitching your own project in the morning and a speaker in the afternoon. It’s surprising what you can achieve in 3-4 hours concentrated stitching!

I finished the flower heads and started on the leaves. These are stitched with open and closed picot stitch. I’ve not done it before but luckily Di’s instructions and diagrams are very good. Basically a framework of three threads is made over a spare needle then the thread is woven in and out until the frame is filled. The open and closed just refers to whether the base is wide or pointed. The thread is a perle, so it’s nice and glossy and heavy enough to hold it’s shape.


Once the needle is removed, the leaf is just attached at the base. The back leaves were stitched first, but it was still fiddly stitching the front ones without catching the ones behind.

I used a single strand of green stranded cotton to secure the leaves into nice curved shapes with little stitches either at the end or at one side of the leaf.

My next move is to stitch some french knots around the base to look like earth, a few straight stitches, then I can do the silver spider’s web, and somehow embroider a spider from a bead and some thread. So hopefully in three weeks time I’ll be onto the next diamond.


SAL is organised by Avis at Stitching beside the Sea, we each post our progress on a project every three weeks. I find three weeks is a perfect time for this kind of stitching, long enough to have made some progress (even if not a lot!) but short enough for everyone to remember the projects. It’s also nice to look back and realise the progress you have made.

Please have a look what everyone else is stitching, we’re all in different time scales so some may need checking a little later.

Avis at
Claire at
Gun at
Carole at
LucyAnn at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at
DebbieRose at
Christina at
Susan at
Kathy at
Margaret at
Cindy at
Helen at

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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14 Responses to SAL 3; Flower Lattice

  1. Kate says:

    This is gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. claire93 says:

    oh wow! I love all the 3dimensional effects with stitches

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rutigt says:

    When clicking on the “Like” link, I thought…like??? I love it!!! Where´s the link for that 🙂 For me your embroidery opens a whole new world of stitching. So inspiring!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Someday, when we all have a face-to-face meeting ;), you will be teaching us this amazing technique. Watching you is making me braver…not quite there yet, but definitely moving into the “got to try this” zone!

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  5. This is sooooo clever! I’m really enjoying watching the flowers grow 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Cindy says:

    Wow. The flowers are beautiful. Can’t wait to see more.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. katechiconi says:

    Wow. Serious embroidery! Not the lazy counted cross stitch I call embroidery, but proper, elegant, work that pushes the boundaries. Really wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Christina says:

    Those leaves are gorgeous! I need to find this and store for a future project.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. CurlsnSkirls says:

    You have been such a busy bee these last couple of weeks – congratulations on such wonderful results! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  10. sewchet says:

    This is such a labour of love and already looks incredible. Your dedication to the project is admirable, not to mention your skills!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Wendy says:

    When i learnt the stitch it was called woven picots and we did it on a pin rather than a needle

    Liked by 1 person

  12. kelleysdiy says:

    You give the best tutorials!


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