Stitch-a-long 6; Flower Lattice

Three weeks have flown by since I last showed you the Flower Lattice embroidery. It’s ribbon and stumpwork, designed by Di van Niekirk, I bought the book sort of by accident as I didn’t realise it was for one big picture, I then managed to get the printed background on ebay, all I’ve got to do is embroider it…

This is where I was three weeks ago;

Lattice Embroidery

I’m really enjoying this embroidery, it is a steep learning curve as there are stitches in this I’ve never heard of, never mind not tried! I’ve not quite managed though to find a comfortable slot for it in my sewing routine, as a result it tends to be a long the lines of ‘Oh gosh, it’s SAL time in three days, better do some!!’ I usually do my embroidery downstairs in the comfy chair, 10 minutes here, quarter of an hour there, whilst I’m cooking tea, having a coffee. You can do that with cross-stitch or the sort of embroidery I’ve been doing for the Splendid Sampler. This requires more concentration and more ‘stuff’, I’ve a box of ribbons, a box of DMC threads, a box of ‘fancy threads’, and I dip into all of them. I need to work out a better system, in the meantime…

On Friday night I embroidered the Wild Sorghum, I had no idea what it was but I learnt from Kate Chiconi it’s basically a fodder crop grown quite extensively in Australia…it’s very pretty in the picture!

Flower Lattice

I started with the stems, these are stitched with a single long stitch which is then couched down every few milimetres. I used a single strand of space dyed thread in a very soft green.

Next stage was the leaves. These were stitched with the same thread but using a chain-stitch, I thought the chain stitch might come out a bit bulky but with such a fine thread it worked really well.

Flower Lattice

The flower heads were stitched with french knots, straight stitches and pistil stitches. I’d never heard of the latter, but as I understand the instructions, it’s like a french knot on the end of a long thread.

Flower Lattice

The finishing touches were a few french knots and straight stitches around the base in a thicker cotton. It is space dyed in green, beige and soft purple. I managed to stitch the colours so I used the green part for the grass, beige for the earth and purple for a couple of stems in with the leaves.

I have to say, this is the one I’m most pleased with so far, in that it looks just like the one in the book!!

So that’s panel two complete, the next one is ‘A lily, narcissus & a lady bird’ I’ll show you my progress in three weeks time.

Flower Lattice

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis at Sewing beside the Sea, everyone chooses there own project and posts their progress every three weeks. Please have a look what every one else is creating, there’s some amazing stitching going on! Just remember we’re all different time zones, so if there’s nothing there, pop back a bit later, and if you would like to join 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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15 Responses to Stitch-a-long 6; Flower Lattice

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I think this is so pretty. Love the snail

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  2. katechiconi says:

    Such a pretty flower on that sorghum. It’s a lot more glamorous than the wide fields of rather dull cultivated stuff we see here.

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  3. claire93 says:

    this is a brilliant project for the SAL allowing you to tackle it in smallish stages. Well done on the wild sorghum – I still think that snail is so cute ^^

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  4. Debbierose says:

    Beautiful. You are very smooth stitchery work

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  5. KerryCan says:

    What a lot you’re learning–it’s beautiful!

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  6. This is a stunning project and I so enjoy visiting and watching your progress

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    The sorghum looks real! 😍

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  8. It must be so satisfying to create something like this. You’ll never be bored with it, having all the different stitch and thread changes to keep you on the ball.

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  9. rutigt says:

    I love this embroidery! All the different techniques and all the different threads you are using!

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  10. Catherine says:

    Very pretty. All of her designs are beautiful and you are definitely doing it justice! I’m not sure about your dilemma with how much ‘stuff’ your project needs. I tend to pack projects up into reusable jute bags, then I just pick the bag up and take it to wherever I’m stitching, knowing that no matter how much stuff is required it will be in there somewhere! It does however mean I have a lot of bags….

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  11. lucyannluna says:

    Fantastic flowers, so pretty

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  12. Christina says:

    So so beautiful! Love the progress shots! The chain stitch is my favorite, but I’m also loving that new stitch pistil stitches ❤

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  13. Cindy says:

    Nice progress. This is really beautiful.

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  14. lbick says:

    Looks great, your sorghum is beautiful

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  15. susanpblog says:

    You are an amazingly talented person!


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