Stitch-a-long 9

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my progress on my flower lattice embroidery. Yet again I haven’t had much time to spend on my embroidery, mainly because I decided to make a concerted effort to finish my Splendid Sampler quilt, which I did this week, happy dance time!

This is where I was three weeks ago, just finished another diamond…

Flower Embroidery

I’m stitching the blocks strictly in the order they are in Di van Niekirk’s book, mainly because otherwise I’ll stitch the bits I fancy first and then I’m left with the ones that look difficult! I’ve been looking forward to stitching the next one though, I think it probably appeals because it’s mainly thread embroidery, which I’m slightly more confident with than ribbon work, and I also love agapanthus and hollyhocks. I keep trying to grow agapanthus in pots in the garden but I tend to uncover them too early and a late frost gets them. I was green with envy when we holidayed in New Zealand a couple of years ago and they were growing like weeds!!!

Back to my embroidery…

I started with  the stems which this time are just twisted ribbon. The agapanthus heads are embroidered with stranded cotton. I’m not using the official threads, I’m finding floss in my stash mainly, pus a few extra I purchased at the beginning.I chose variegated threads  DMC 4240 for the darker blue flowers and DMC 4215 for the lighter pinky coloured bloom. The flowers are just tiny straight stitches, 5 or 6 per floret (not sure if that is the right word!) with occasional fly stitches and straight stitches of soft green in the centre.


With the first one I stitched I was concerned that the blue was a little dark, so I added a few stitches in a lighter blue, I wasn’t convinced it made any difference so I just used one variegated thread for each of  the other two blooms. Anyway, I like the darker blue agapanthus in real life!

I’m really pleased with the agapanthus blooms, the stitches are tiny so it does make them look delicate. I did have to smile at the size of the ladybird, on the grounds that the flowers in real life are probably 3-4″ across at least, that’s one helluva big ladybird!! I’ve put my stork scissors next to the flowers to give you an idea of scale of the stitches (not the ladybird!).

Hopefully next time I’ll have the diamond finished!


There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long, it’s great as you can choose your own project, you just need to post a progress report every three weeks, it does concentrate the mind if you’re stitching something which could easily drift! Welcome to our two new members, Timothy and Mary Margaret,  and welcome back to Wendy who back into our fold too, so please follow the links to see what everyone has been stitching. If you fancy joining our merry band then just send Avis (our esteemed organiser!) a message. Please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching.


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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37 Responses to Stitch-a-long 9

  1. katechiconi says:

    Your agapanthus are beautiful! And that ladybird is Queensland bug scale, all our insects are giants! I do wish I had the dexterity – and nerve – to stitch a piece like this, but my fingers get stiffer every day.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Kate. Glad I didn’t see bugs that big when I was holidaying in Queensland!!


      • katechiconi says:

        I was looking up at the palm trees yesterday to see if there were any more loose fronds ready to come down and saw the most gigantic grasshopper, at least as long as my hand, chomping away up there. 1.5 inch mud wasps. Monstrous lawn grubs, the size of a small chipolata… Yup, they’re all super-sized up here…

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  2. lucyannluna says:

    So pretty, fantastic progress

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  3. Debbierose says:

    Your garden blooms beautifully

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  4. Oh that ladybird is fantastic!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    Those blooms are so delicate and lovely!


  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Really like the colours you chose for this – the different blues add depth, imho. Agapanthus grow like weeds in Northern California, too. You’re very good to have them up your way! Such a beautiful collection of flowers in this design! xx


  7. claire93 says:

    oooh those blues . . . I think this is my favourite one so far!


  8. rutigt says:

    I´m so excited every third Sunday to see what you have been stitching, cause I love this embroidery! Some day I may try something like that, I think 🙂


  9. ccflo3 says:

    This is just so amazing. Can’t wait to see more.


  10. Christina says:

    I enjoy seeing your progress! The agapanthus are looking lovely ❤ My mom gave me some beautiful embroidery ribbon and I showed her your wip. We're both in awe!


  11. Catherine says:

    What beautiful agapanthus! I remember them fondly from back home, but since moving to the UK I don’t think I’ve seen them! You are doing a wonderful job! I’ve never tried ribbon embroidery and I love watching this develop. I think I’d be tempted to stitch it all in threads!


  12. I love the ribbon emboidery, never had the nerve to try it myself but it looks amazing!!!


  13. KerryCan says:

    It’s fun to see this develop!


  14. I am adoring watching this grow. It is something I don’t think I could even begin to attempt nowdays, but it is so satisfying watching your progress.


  15. kathysnest32 says:

    I like the blue. I am also stitching this panel. I used light blue but like the dark blue much better.
    After seeing yours, i will be adding dark blue.
    Kathleen Mary


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Kathleen, I only used the darker blue because I happened to have it in my stash and I do actually like the really dark agapanthus. I used DMC 4240. How far have you got? I’d love to see yours, I’ve not come across anyone else who’s stitched it 🙂


  16. lbick says:

    Your flower embroidery is looking great! Congratulations on finishing your quilt


  17. Very pretty! I don’t think I have the finger flexibility to do hand stitching anymore. I just have to look at other’s! 😍


  18. susanpblog says:

    Your work is so beautiful!


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