Stitch-a-long 11

Three weeks have flown by since I last showed you my flower lattice embroidery. This is where I was up to…


Last night I managed to finish the diamond with the alliums, hollyhocks and delphiniums. I stitched the flowers on the second delphinium, these are made with short lengths of silk ribbon, gathered along one long edge and the short ends with a french knot in the centre.

I then realised I should really have stitched the leaves to the allium on the right first, as they are meant to be behind  the flower, anyway I fudged a bit and I think I’ve got away with it! The leaves for the delphiniums are some silk that Marilyn dyed for me at the Denman course.

The little orange flowers at the bottom are beetle daisies, I tried googling them as I’ve never heard of them, it took several attempts as I just kept getting pictures of a plastic daisy for a VW  Beetle car!!!

I stitched a few french knots around the base and added some tiny leaves in green silk ribbon and my fourth diamond is complete.

I was pondering whilst stitching why this is taking me so long, apart from the obvious one that I’m not dedicating enough time to it. I decided that half the problem is the fabric it is embroidered on. It’s a preprinted panel and I’m not sure if it’s the printing process or the type of fabric but it is really hard to stitch on. Particularly if it I’m using a large needle (for the silk ribbons) I’m sometimes having to use my trusty artery forceps to pull the needle through! That does not make for a relaxed evening of sewing! Due to it’s texture I’m also unable to just catch a few tiny stitches at the back to cast off. I really need to concentrate and crack on with it, though typically for the next diamond I’ve got a completely new technique of stitching on disolvable fabric and I’m going to have to dye some silk ribbon!

I had a good sort out of one of my sewing boxes afterwards, I have a plastic box which I use for my current project, it’s just the right size for popping everything in if I’m off to Embroiderers Guild and just generally for keeping everything together. The problem is that whilst I regularly add threads that I need for a new ‘diamond,’ I’m not so good at taking out the ones I don’t need so it was getting rather full and tangled! I spent a good hour winding DMC threads onto plastic holders, I sellotape the number onto it now, I saw the idea on another blog (apologies but I can’t remember which one, let me know if you know!) and it works brilliantly. I counted up after and I had over seventy threads in the box!!…never mind the three pairs of embroidery scissors and dozen needles I found at the bottom!!

There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long now, with all sorts of different types of embroidery. Why not have a look what everyone else is stitching, just follow the links to see some stunning projects;

ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

Everyone is in different time scales, so if there isn’t a post when you first look, check later in the day. If you fancy joining us for the SAL, 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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20 Responses to Stitch-a-long 11

  1. MrsCraft says:

    It’s looking stunning! I smiled at the pulling it through with pliers part, sorry. But it’s worth all of the effort. 😊

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Ribbon embroidery is just so pretty and I know you have to think every stitch to get it lying right and then I agree finishing the back is tricksy. But this is looking amazing and I love seeeing your progress. I can’t believe another three weeks has really gone by. Keep going. Meantime clever idea on the labelling front. I have always used markers to write the numbers and over time they do wear off a bit.

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  3. Debbierose says:

    Artery Forceps are my go to tool also. Saves hands a heap of clasping pain

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  4. kaye steeper says:

    stunning, if only i had the time and patience these days , it has to be quick fixes im afraid or mindlless crochet

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  5. claire93 says:

    this embroidery is the kind I’d want to touch and stroke to feel all those lovely textures

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  6. I just love this, its fascinates me to watch all these lovely ribbons and silks turning into stunning flowers.

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  7. of forgot to say, like the tip for sellotaping the numbers onto the plastic bobbins. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  8. CathieJ says:

    Oh my goodness, that diamond is just gorgeous. I am drooling. I like the idea of taping the numbers on the floss spools.

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  9. Catherine says:

    This is such a beautiful project! Though thank you for the information on the fabric- it doesn’t sound terribly enjoyable to stitch. I’ve been using pliers to pull the needle through on my canvaswork so I wouldn’t worry about the extra help!

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  10. It just keeps getting better and better. Those delphiniums are gorgeous.

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  11. katechiconi says:

    This is such a lovely piece, beautiful colours and richly textured. I’m wondering how you’re planning to mount it when it’s done?

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  12. CurlsnSkirls says:

    This is just so gorgeous – love all the bright, contrasting colours and really admire your fortitude, considering that unfortunate fabric. Have you tried cutting out a just large enough square of sturdy old rubber glove to grip the needle with? (Just seen this past week on a U.S. telly quilting show.) Keep at it! xx

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  13. lucyannluna says:

    Looks beautiful

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  14. Carole says:

    I’m completely in awe of this project. It’s stunning!

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  15. I love this… the embroidery using ribbon is so effective. You are going to have a truly beautiful piece when it is all finished.

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  16. rutigt says:

    What can I say!!! It is soooo beautiful!!! I´m a big fan of your embroidery!

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  17. kathyreeves says:

    This diamond is so beautiful! I love these particular flowers in real life, too, so that’s probably it. The texture on this piece is really amazing; I love how the embroidery just makes it come to life!

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  18. ohh wow. That is very lovely! I am very impressed. Thank you for sharing! =)

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