Stitch-a-long 4

It’s three weeks since my last SAL post and those three weeks have been pretty much taken up with Christmas preparations and festivities, but I have managed a little progress on my flower embroidery. This is where I was three weeks ago;


I have now ‘grounded’ the leaves with a few french knots and seed stitches in an earthy overdyed embroidery silk

Flower Lattice

Next to stitch was the spiders web. I’d bought a hank of silver Lame thread by Anchor, I used a single thread and I have to confess (after all my moanings about gold threads etc!) it was lovely to stitch with, it’s a very smooth thread and it doesn’t unravel where the needle is. I stitched the long spokes first, catching in a leaf and the stem with it. Next were the circles, just starting in the middle and working my way out. At least with it being a spiders web it didn’t need to be a prefect shape!

Flower Lattice

The pattern calls for a spider earring or charm in the middle, I couldn’t find one small enough so I embroidered a tiny one in black embroidery silk. I stitched the legs first, my original plan was to put a bead for the body but in the end I did a big french knot. I think he’s pretty cute.

Flower Lattice

So I’ve now finished the first diamond, eleven more to go! I’m thinking of taking Di van Niekerks advice (the designer) and making a cover with a window to work through to help keep it clean. My problem is that at the moment I’m working on this either in my sewing room or at my monthly Embroiderers Guild meeting, I know I would get a lot more done if I stitched it downstairs in the dining room. I’ve got a good light set up right next to a comfy chair and I can pick it up for the odd 15 minutes here and there, that’s where I do most of my cross-stitches. The downside of the dining room is the dogs, particularly Rosie, our big golden retriever, it tends to get pretty dusty and hairy very quickly (nb we don’t eat in there!!) and inevitably this would be kept in a bag sitting on the floor as it’s rather big. Whilst I’m making a cover I think I will also put some fine cotton fabric behind the design to help with securing the threads at the beginning and end of stitching.

Flower Lattice

Hopefully you’ll see a bit more progress in three weeks time, next year!!

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

Welcome to Steph, our newest member 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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11 Responses to Stitch-a-long 4

  1. claire93 says:

    well done and I love the itsy bitsy spider ^^

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  2. rutigt says:

    Cute spider! And a silver net…Wow.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    The spider is cute–first time I’ve used that to describe a spider!! With one block complete you are well on your way. It is difficult to keep these involved projects clean. I like the window idea. If you do that, do take a picture so we can all see how it works.

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  4. Cindy says:

    Nice progress. I love the spider. Merry Christmas.

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  5. Christina says:

    Fantastic progress! The details are amazing. I especially love the French Knots under the foliage. Great idea on the spider, I think an object would be too big as you mentioned. He’s very cute indeed!

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  6. Catherine says:

    This is such a great project – you must be so pleased! I find acid free tissue paper works well for keeping work clean around my dog. I then just pin it back so only the area I’m working on at a time is ‘exposed’, and it’s easy to cover up completely at the end of each stitching session.

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  7. I can’t get over the variety in this piece. I love the spider’s web 🙂

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  8. MrsCraft says:

    Your embroidery skills are enviable. I’m not normally a fan of spiders, or their cobwebs, but yours is beautiful. 😊

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  9. katechiconi says:

    So lovely, and such a clever web and spider you’ve created.

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  10. Debbierose says:

    Stunning, you are a beautiful embroiderer

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  11. sewchet says:

    I’m in awe – such intricate work!


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