Flower Lattice Stitch-a-long 14

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my ribbon and stumpwork flower lattice, I’ve actually worked pretty hard on it in that time and (for the first time, I think!) I can say I’ve even impressed myself with my progress. I think the push has been that I felt it was starting to getting grubby, the problem is that if it is tidied away all the time to keep it clean, I’m less likely to pick it up until the reminder comes round for the SAL post. If it’s left out I’m more likely to do 5 minutes here and there, but it gets grubby. So, this is where I was three weeks ago…

My next task was to do all the stems, this did seem to take FOREVER,they are mainly over-stitched with just the top ones wrapped. The arum lilies were much more interesting. The leaves are stitched over felt to give an extra padded look. The instructions called for white felt, but as I had some green in my stash I thought I may as well use that as it must be easier to cover. I’m really pleased with how these turned out, I used a variegated DMC thread and satin stitch, it does make a nice fleshy leaf.

The flowers took a bit more time. The petals are stitched on a spare bit of cotton fabric, I used a soft cotton that I find really nice to embroider on, with hindsight I might have been better with a firmer cotton. The book called for silk thread, a few months back I bought a few cards of silk thread on ebay, this gave me a chance to try it out. It does feel a lot different to sew with, lovely but different! It’s also a lot more glossy which I’m not convinced is petal like, but never mind! The petals are stitched with buttonhole and then long and short stitch.

Once they were stitched I then had to very carefully cut them out as near to the stitching as possible. The stamen is made from a cake decorating stamen. The longest ones I could find weren’t really long enough so I just wrapped a load of DMC thread around the stem to lengthen it. The petals were then wrapped around the stamen and secured. This was the point at which I realised that the back of my stitching would be on full display!! It’s not perfect but it’s not terrible!! The petals still look a bit ‘fluffy’, I thought I might wait til the very end when it’s about to get framed to trim any whiskers off.

The natal lilies to the left are french knots stitched with 4mm ribbon. The stems are meant to be over-stitched wire, but I thought it could end up pretty bulky for a little flower, so I just used straight stitches of perle thread. A few little filler stitches and another diamond was complete…

The next diamond was fuchsias. To be honest this diamond has been a bit of a brick wall since I started this project, probably mainly because it calls for 15mm organza ribbon, by which I think it means silk organza ribbon, I couldn’t find anything anywhere and I’m sure you couldn’t embroider with synthetic organza. I decided to just use silk ribbon.  First I had to embroider the leaves and stems…

The instructions call for two threads of a Valdani variegated thread, I’m using DMC with a few extras thrown in. I tried a DMC thread on the first leaf but it look too stripey, so on the next one I tried a ‘special’ variegated one mixed with a plain green DMC, so when it went very light, it still had the back up of a mid green. I think it worked very well. The leaves were outlined in stem stitch first and then satin stitch was used over the stem stitch to raise it a bit. I went back to the first one and over-stitched a few plain green threads and it blended in fine.

The stems were mainly over-stitched wire, with some of them wrapped where they crossed over.

The middle leaf is stumpwork. This was stitched on a quilt weight cotton first, couching a cake decorating wire round the shape before stitching over the wire and leaf with long and short buttonhole stitch, this gives a lovely neat edge to the leaf. It was then filled in with long and short stitch. The vein wire was over-stitched down before the leaf was put on one side whilst I stitched the flowers.

The book called for 15mm ribbon, I just had 12mm in my stash, so that’s what I used. I needed a sort of muddy purple and a tangerine colour. I spent a pleasant half hour dabbling with my silk paints, dying two lengths of ribbon. The purple was pretty straight forward,but the tangerine was too orange to start with, I added more pink and eventually overdyed it with a watered down pink, it’s probably now pinkier than it’s meant to be but it looks fuchsia coloured to me!

The buds are stitched with a lazy-daisy stitch, the flowers are just in basic ribbon stitch, my main problem was trying not to catch the tails of one petal in the stitch of another. The base of the flowers and the buds is made with a grab stitch. I used a strand of DMC to shape the flowers a little more.

The stamens of the fuschias were meant to be made from cake decoration stamens dyed tangerine with the stems overstitched in green. I tried dying some with my silk paints  without success so I decided to use stem stitch and chunky french knots. I’m happy with the results.

The final task of this diamond was to trim (very gingerly!) around my leaf and then wrap the wire with thread before attaching the end to the embroidery.

So I’ve actually managed to stitch two diamonds in three weeks! There’s just four to go so I’m nearly there..starting to plan my next SAL project!

There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long now, so please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching, there are some amazing projects;

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie

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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26 Responses to Flower Lattice Stitch-a-long 14

  1. katechiconi says:

    Wow, 3D flowers. I’d look at that and immediately put it in the ‘too hard’ basket. Beautiful work, as always 🙂

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  2. Carole says:

    I was going to enthuse about that beautiful Arum lily, but then I saw the fuchsias. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

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  3. claire93 says:

    wow! this piece is going from beautiful to even more beautiful ^^

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    You are moving into the final stages, and doing such a fabulous job with all these techniques. This still looks terrifying as a a whole, but so beautiful! I’m so glad I’ve been able to watch you do this piece!!

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  5. Catherine says:

    Such a lovely piece! I love the different elements to it.
    To keep your work clean, pin some acid free white tissue paper over it when you aren’t working on it. It’s easy to move when it’s time to stitch, but also keeps your work clean.

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  6. ccflo3 says:

    This is so beautiful. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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  7. I don’t have the words to describe this piece! Incredible 🙂

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  8. Christina says:

    That is some very impressive progress! I love how the arum lilies turned out and the process you took to make them!

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  9. Connie says:

    This piece is simply amazing!! You are such a talented needleworker!

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  10. Wow, wow, wow you are a talented lady! And patient too 🙂

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  11. rutigt says:

    OMG! I love this embroidery! It is a masterpiece!!!!!!

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  12. magpiesue says:

    This certainly will be a masterpiece when it’s complete. You are to be commended for your determination and skills. Thanks for the detail shots so we can get a good look at how you’ve accomplished your work!

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  13. lbick says:

    Wow your work is amazing! I think it is a great idea to leave your work out, you will definitely work on it more this way.

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  15. taphian says:

    really beautiful work, my compliments

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  16. Oh dear – I am not sure how I feel about you finishing this project. Yes it will be nice to see it complete, but then it really is my favourite design. On SAL sunday (I’m running late this time due to my little holiday), I normally leave your blog till last. That is my reward for being good and reading and commenting on everyone else’s blog. I shall just have to hope you choose something equally as beautiful for me when this is finally done.

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