The Finery of Nature

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Finery of Nature cross-stitch. This is a Dimensions cross-stitch kit I bought at an Embroiderers Guild meeting. I’ve changed the fabric from black aida to a soft duck egg blue even-weave. I’ve made reasonable progress over the last couple of weeks, this is where I was three weeks ago…

The Finery of Nature

Since then I’ve stitched some french knots on the lily of the valley and I’ve started stitching a few of the metallic high lights. The pattern supplied gold thread, however I felt with my change of background I’d be better with silver. I have to say I’m still not convinced, I’m debating whether or not to undo the silver and replace with a suitable floss. It’s also couched down with the silver thread which is fiddly. I’m tempted at the moment to just do back-stitch with coloured floss. I might decide after I’ve stitched more flowers so I can try both ideas out.

The finery of Nature

I’ve also started the border, I’ve almost stitched three swirls and there are thirty-two altogether! This is why I’m trying to stitch them as I go along, rather than leaving them all to the end!!

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis from Stitching by the Sea, we post our progress on a project every three weeks, it’s a great incentive and motivator. If you would like to join us please contact Avis. In the meantime please follow the links to see what everyone else is sharing.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link to see lots more hand-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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21 Responses to The Finery of Nature

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I love your bird just the way it is.

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  2. thecraftingsenior says:

    I really admire your talent. Very beautiful!

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  3. Gail says:

    The metallic highlights add wonderful sparkle to your picture. My grandmother had lily of the valley in her garden. I always think of her when I see it.

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  4. wybrow1966 says:

    He looks great – and such a lot of progress!

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  5. Sarah says:

    He looks so beautiful and delicate. It’s going to look fantastic with that border!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    That border is a great addition, but I’m with you, 32 of those nonstop would be pretty awful! I like your idea of trying some colors for backstitching before you rip anything out. I’m not in love with the silver, but not sure why exactly, so I’m no help!

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  7. Oh this is so pretty, your work is so neat and it’s coming on so well. x

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  8. Wow, that is gorgeous!! The background color choice is perfect too, I like that idea better than black.

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  9. claire93 says:

    lovely swirls ^^

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  10. Deborah says:

    The bird is lovely and looks great on your choice for the background fabric.

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  11. Christina says:

    Lovely progress! Maybe try the gold highlights even though the background is lighter?

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  12. I feel your pain with the metallic threads. Sometimes it’s too much effort for the reward. Looking beautiful so far 🙂

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  13. CathieJ says:

    Your cross-stitch is very pretty. I really like that bird and the pretty swirls.

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  14. Pat says:

    This is lovely. The eggshell blue is a wonderful background for this design. Looking forward to seeing more … 🙂 Pat

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  15. rutigt says:

    Nice progress.

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  16. Such a sweet piece ~ The background color change was perfect! Love the border too.

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  17. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    There’s something about pieces like this that have a botanical feel that I just love. Birds are just about my favourite thing in the world. Your stitching is lovely.

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  18. Just gorgeous and makes me smile when I look at it – stitchery loveliness!

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  19. magpiesue says:

    You’ve made good progress. Hope you find you can live with the silver you’ve already put in – just so you don’t feel compelled to take it out!

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  20. Renee says:

    Wonderful progress! (I’d be stitching the border as I went, too.) This is beautiful. Lovely work.

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  21. Catherine says:

    Great progress and a lovely bird!

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