The Finery of Nature

It’s three weeks since I last shared my Finery of Nature cross-stitch with you, I didn’t think I’d done that much, little bits here and there, but the photos show a respectable amount of progress! This is a Dimensions kit I found on the sales table at my Embroiderers Guild, it’s meant to be on black aida, but I’ve changed it to a soft green linen so my eyes can manage it!

Three weeks ago I’d tried adding some silver highlights and just started the border too. I was having serious doubts about the silver thread…

The Finery of Nature

After much debating I decided to take the silver out, I felt it looked messy and also I felt the silver (which was meant to be gold!) was mainly to highlight things against the black, it just didn’t seem to add anything to the picture. There’s still back-stitching in other colours on the pattern so if I decided something needs a bit extra, I can always use a colour instead without it looking out of place.

The border is one place where I’m still trying to decide what to do. The swirls are meant to have a gold thread couched down the middle, I’m still hovering between a silver grey, a dark grey or a dark teal!

The Finery of Nature

It would be nice to think I could finish this quarter over the next three weeks, but we will see!

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we each choose our own project, work at our own speed, just share our progress every three weeks, it’s a huge motivator, so if you’d like to join us just send Avis a message. Please follow the links to see lots of inspiring hand-stitching.

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

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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30 Responses to The Finery of Nature

  1. anne54 says:

    Beautiful, Margaret. I love the violets. My thoughts are to use gold thread, to highlight the yellow gold of the bird.

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  2. wybrow1966 says:

    Quite a lot of progress I would say. Love the subtle orange colour of the flowers.

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  3. Debbierose says:

    You have been busy, well done I am envious of your prowess

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  4. It’s really beautiful Margaret, those peachy flowers have really complemented the other colours and makes it so pretty. Jenny x

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  5. LaNelle says:

    Loving your progress…such a pretty piece!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Those coral flowers are so pretty, a nice pop of color! Great progress, aren’t photos great that way?

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  7. You’ve made great progress. It’s looking lovely and I’m sure you’ll choose the right colour for the couched bits.

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  8. Wow~ you made lots of progress and it looks fabulous…love the orange flowers too!

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  9. Renee says:

    Wow! Isn’t it amazing how working on a piece a bit here and a bit there can add so much progress over 3 weeks time? It looks lovely!

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  10. claire93 says:

    great progress, and love the Lily of the Valley along the side

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  11. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Oh how pretty this is turning out! Gorgeous with two of my favourite things, birds and flowers. Wonderful!

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  12. Ohhh a teal border would look fabulous! Such beautiful work!

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  13. Catherine says:

    Great progress! It’s looking great. I would wait till you’ve finished stitching the main elements and then decide what type of highlights you may want in the border.

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  14. rutigt says:

    Great progress and itΒ΄s looking so good!!!!

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  15. This is so me. I love nature and this one is very pretty and you are rolling along at a nice pace too.

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  16. teamwilsun says:

    I love the detail in a Dimensions kit — and your stitching is so lovely it’s coming together beautifully! I think you could certainly wait and finish the other quarters and then decide what (if any) highlighting you want to use.

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  17. Lindashee says:

    Very pretty, love your choice of fabric πŸ˜€

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