Stitch-a-long 8

It’s three weeks since I last posted photos of my flower lattice, this is what it looked like then;

Since then I’ve spent a morning at Embroiderers Guild and an evening at home working on it. It’s surprising how quickly it grows once I concentrate on it, I think there is an element of procrastinating when flowers look hard as it’s all pretty new to me and I don’t want to spoil it, I keep putting it off until it’s nearly time to post and then wonder what all the worry was about!

At Embroiderers guild I embroidered the basket. I’m really pleased with the main one, even though I’ve realised this evening that I’ve not done the stitch quite right, I prefer my version! It’s created with whipped spider web stitches. The thread is basically woven with something a bit like a half hitch knot along a framework of threads, so it only goes through the fabric at each end. I couldn’t work out how to do it in reverse to go back again, so I started at the same side each time. The stitch is meant to have knot lines down each thread whereas mine looks more like a basket.

The final bit of stitching is my favourite, the ladybird. Isn’t it cute! The body is stitched with padded satin stitch, which means there’s an outline of stem-stitch and a few french knots underneath it to help give it a bit of body, a 3D effect. I put three black french knots on top as our ladybirds often have seven dots altogether, three on each side and one on the top. I think there’s a few ladybirds in the design so I’ll enjoy stitching those.

The daffodils are stitched with ribbon with french knots for the centre. The pattern calls for a soft mink coloured ribbon, I didn’t have anything similar so I decided to go for proper daffodil yellow, it stands up well against my tiger lilies anyway.


I’ve finished three blocks now, the next one is called ‘Agapanthus, hollyhocks, delphiniums & beetle daisies’ It’s a really pretty block so I’m looking forward to stitching this one. Just to give you an idea of scale, the sides of the diamonds are about 3.5″.

There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long now. It’s organised by Avis, so if you fancy joining in just drop her a line. There’s some beautiful projects being stitched so please have a look what everyone else is creating. We’re all different time scales so if there’s nothing there do have a look later.

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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13 Responses to Stitch-a-long 8

  1. MrsCraft says:

    It’s looking beautiful, I love the intricate stitches. 😊

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    This is so pretty, and the ladybird is really cute!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lucyannluna says:

    Great progress, so pretty

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  4. claire93 says:

    so colourful and I love the wicker effect on the plant pot

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  5. katechiconi says:

    Those daffs are fabulous! And I do think your basket is perfectly basket-y, much more so than the stitch guide you showed, so well done there.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    I’ve been looking forward to those daffodils!!! They are just what I needed this am with all their bright goodness! We’ve had another bout cold and snow here, so this is a lovely dose of spring!

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  7. rutigt says:

    I love to see how your embroidery grows! It´s so beautiful. Your baskets are perfect!

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  8. Cindy says:

    This is so beautiful. Love the flowers and the basket is wonderful

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  9. Catherine says:

    I love your basket weave stitch. You will be the only one who knows you didn’t quite stitch it correctly! And I bet you can’t wait to put more lady birds on. They are always so cute!


  10. The plant pot embroidery is so clever! I’m always wondering what you’ll be show us next. It’s gorgeous 🙂


  11. mpostings says:

    Such lovely work! Those plants have real’movement.’


  12. It’s looking great, love that ladybird


  13. Debbierose says:

    The baskets are stunning


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