It’s three weeks since my last stitch-a-long post, with Christmas and New Year and life  in general in between I only managed to spend one evening on my flower lattice embroidery.

This is an embroidery I started a couple of months ago which was designed by Di Van Niekirk, it includes ribbon embroidery and stumpwork so it’s a huge learning curve for me as it’s what I call ‘proper embroidery’!!

This is where I was three weeks ago, I’d just finished my first block with the cute little spider…

Flower Lattice

The second block is entitled ‘ A daisy, a snail & wild sorghum’, I have to admit I have no idea what wild sorghum is, but it looks pretty!!

The daisy is embroidered with a warm, pale yellow silk ribbon with lazy daisy stitches. One thing I learned here is that it is worth following the instructions and using a 16 chenille needle. I stitched the stems first with a needle I picked out of my pincushion, whilst I didn’t have a problem making the stitches it did damage the silk ribbon pretty quickly. Once I swapped to the size 16 chenille it made a bigger hole in the fabric and therefore the ribbon wasn’t damaged. Every third stitch on the daisy is just a twisted straight stitch, this reduces the bulkiness of the flower. The centre is french knots in a variegated thread using one or two wraps to get a bit of texture.


I’ve not bought the recommended threads for this project, I’ve bought some shaded threads at Delicate Stitches in Kentish Town, otherwise it’s DMC substitutes. I stitched the snail shell with one thread of a beige/brown thread and one threadof a beige/pink thread. I think it’s worked pretty well. The shell is stitched with a added satin stitch, which is where you stitch round the edge with stem stitch and then satin stitch over the edge to make a rounded effect. The centre is just chain stitch round in a circle.

Lattice embroidery

The body is created with stem stitch, probably my least favourite stitch as my effort is never as smooth as I feel it should be. This time it worked fairly well with the main area stitched in a sandy colour, a few straight stitches added in the brownl thread and then a little green added to ‘ground it’.

Although I’ve only managed one evening this time, I’m pleased with the result, hopefully I’ll manage more next time, especially as I’ve a day sewing at my Embroiderers Guild |meeting.

Lattice Embroidery

This stitch -a-long is organised by Avis from Sewing Beside the Sea, why not have a look at what every one else is stitching. We all post our progress on a specific project  every three weeks but we’re all at different time scales at opposite ends of the globe, so if there’as nothing there at first, do check later! If you fancy joining in just send a message to Avis.

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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17 Responses to SAL 5

  1. claire93 says:

    wow! I’ve never tried “real embroidery” lol but it looks ever so pretty

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  2. katechiconi says:

    Very pretty daisy, and that snail is wonderfully dimensional. Sorghum is a grain crop used mostly for animal feed, it’s a sort of low bush with tassel seed heads. There’s a lot of it grown in Queensland!

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  3. Debbierose says:

    Absolutely stunning, I’ve tried a few basic embroidery stitches so I’m totally envious of your ribbon work. Your stem snail is excellent.

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  4. Wendy says:

    That’s a lot to get done in one evening! The flower is beautiful!

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  5. Catherine says:

    I really love this piece! Your substitute colours and threads work well. And that snail- so cute!

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  6. KerryCan says:

    That is a gorgeous piece–you are going to learn SO much in the process and have an heirloom when you’re done!

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  7. jessicacrafts says:

    I love the flower. Very pretty.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    Everyday is an adventure with this piece! Thank you for sharing those little details, like the needle, etc. We are learning along with you!!

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  9. My jaw drops every time I see this. It’s simply stunning and so realistic.

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  10. Cindy says:

    This is so pretty. I don’t do regular embroidery but I admire other peoples work. I love the snail.

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  11. rutigt says:

    This is sooo beautiful and it´s nice to see all the different ways to stitch and all the different material you are using!

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  12. lbick says:

    Very beautiful

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  13. Christina says:

    I love the snail! All the detail and texture is amazing! Keep it up.

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  14. So long since I’ve done any proper embroidery, but this almost makes me want to pick up my needle again!

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  15. Thimberlina says:

    I get so excited when I see him this is progressing, it really is a work of art.

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  16. magpiesue says:

    You are to be congratulated on your bravery in trying new techniques, So far your work looks wonderful. I’m sure the rest of it will be as well! (I don’t enjoy outline stitching either, for the same reason exactly.)

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  17. amcclure2014 says:

    I love this block. Just stunning


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