Friday Photo Challenge

Today’s photo challenge from Postcard from Gibraltar is a fairly easy one for me as the theme is stitch. I think choosing which stitch photo is probably more of a challenge, I’ve got a few to choose from…

This is the earliest piece of my stitches I have, I stitched it when I was about 6 years old, I remember entering it in the school handicrafts competition for three years on the trot – at that age you don’t see what the problem is with that! I have it hanging in my sewing room.

The Lyrebird is my oldest UFO! I started it just after I finished the cockerel, so I would have been about 7 years old. I stitched most of it, but it sat unfinished in my workbox for many years, and I mean many!! I eventually decided that I either finish it or throw it…it took me two evenings to finish it, I had prevaricated for 42 years for the sake of two evenings work!!!

This little basket was my first foray into silk ribbon embroidery. I was at a three day workshop at Denman College with Marilyn Pipe, she had me hooked straight away! After the course I went on to stitch the flower lattice.

These little embroideries on the Splendid Sampler quilt are really what persuaded me that actually I could do ‘proper’ embroidery. Up to then I’d mainly done cross-stitch when of course you get the chart to tell you where to stitch and even have the holes already in the fabric to keep it neat!

I love stitching presents for birthdays, Christmas, special occasions such as this wedding sampler or just to say I’m thinking of you…

…I love receiving handmade presents too, this gorgeous embroidery was stitched by my daughter for Mothers Day a couple of years ago.

Finally I couldn’t have a theme of stitch without my stitch sampler, it’s almost finished now, just got to finish the last sample page and sort out the front and back.


For more photos on stitch, please follow the link to Postcard from Gibraltar.

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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4 Responses to Friday Photo Challenge

  1. wybrow1966 says:

    I can’t believe you stitched the birds at such a young age and then did not believe you could embroider until much later in your life. I wish we could be as fearless in our adult years as we were when we were children.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    A perfect prompt for you Margaret! Love those projects from younger days! I tried to embroider when I was. 5 or 6 and was totally frustrated by it…kept comparing mine to my 8 year old sis who was quite good at drawing. Splendid sampler is what got me going again too, as I finally understood back stitch! Your work is always beautiful, but your creativity is a special gift.

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  3. I simply LOVE this post! Even at a young age you were a darn good needleworker! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. Pingback: Friday photo challenge (week 40) Purple & a super-duper summer round-up! | Postcard from Gibraltar

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