The Finery of Nature SAL

It’s three weeks since I last shared my Finery of Nature cross-stitch with you and if I say so myself, I’ve made pretty good progress!

Three weeks ago I was still deliberating over the colour of the back-stitching on the border. This is what happens when you change the colour of the background fabric from black to soft green, it’s easier on the eyes but harder on the decisions!! Having tried several different colours on the top row I still wasn’t sure…

The Finery of Nature

I’ve now found a colour I’m happy with, in the end I took the whole thing down to Hobbycraft and played with their skeins. I bought four dark colours to try – I’ve found a big gap in the DMC colour range, there is no really dark grey, like a deep charcoal grey!The shade I found works is a really dark blue, a sort of midnight blue. It’s dark enough to feature whilst not being as hard as the black.

The Finery of Nature

I finally finished all the back-stitching on the nest, I also added a soft taupe as a back-stitch round the wings. I’ve almost finished the flowers, though I mustn’t forget the french knots on the lily of the valley. Hopefully next time will be a mini happy dance as I finish this quarter and move onto the hummingbird.

This SAL is organised by Avis, we post our progress every three weeks, it’s a great motivator. If you would like to join us please send a message to Avis. For lots of hand-stitched inspiration, please follow the links;

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

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a weekly celebration of all things hand stitched.

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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42 Responses to The Finery of Nature SAL

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I just love this project of yours, so pretty. Getting the right colours is a tricky business. I think you nailed it.

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  2. claire93 says:

    that’s a lot of progress – well done!

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  3. Nanette says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Such lovely cross stitching! Pretty pattern also!

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  4. Beautiful Cross Stitching!

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  5. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful stitching, the piece is stunning!

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  6. Both the dragonfly and the nest are very beautiful, a very suitable color of leaves is well defined!
    Good work! Carmela

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  7. Laura says:

    Your stitching is lovely, and I think the dark blue is a good choice! 🙂

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  8. Jill says:

    Such fine cross stitches on your linen. Lovely work!

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  9. The dark blue is a perfect choice 🙂 Well done on all the progress.

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  10. Angela says:

    Really pretty stitching!

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  11. So so so lovely! Colors beautiful together. Your stitching is so perfect!

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  12. seasons55 says:

    Beautiful stitching

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  13. So pretty, you’ve made great choices with the colours and those wings are stunning with the backstitching x

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  14. wybrow1966 says:

    This is looking lovely!

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  15. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, Your cross stitch is beautiful, it’s such a lovely pattern. You’ve inspired me to start cross stitching again. Now if you could just inspire me to be a little bit more disciplined I’d be very happy. Regards Mandy xx

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  16. Carole says:

    Definitely a good choice with the blue thread. I always struggle to pick the right colour of fabric. It’s tricky making sure that all the colours will be visible enough but you’ve done a grand job 🙂

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  17. kathyreeves says:

    That blue works wonderfully, just enough dark to set the contrast! I love that dragon fly too!

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  18. Christina says:

    Beautiful progress! The blue for your back stitching was a great choice 😀

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  19. CathieJ says:

    That blue really looks great for the back-stitching. This piece is really pretty.

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  20. magpiesue says:

    I really like the way you handled the dragonfly’s wings. This piece is such a pleasure to see. 🙂

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  21. So pretty. Lots of progress. The backstitching always makes such a big difference doesn’t it?

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  22. Jane M says:

    It’s amazing the difference adding those fine lines have made, gorgeous

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  23. Catherine says:

    Such a pretty project. A shame about the lacking of the right colour.

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