The Finery of Nature SAL

I’ve managed to do a surprising amount of this cross-stitch project over the last three weeks, considering the run up to Christmas and other sewing stuff. Three weeks ago I was half way round the background flowers of the humming bird quarter, though I still had all the back-stitching to do on the bird its self.

The Finery of Nature

Three weeks later and I’ve finished the background and added the back-stitching. The pattern calls for black, but I changed it to a soft dark grey/brown instead – the black just looked too harsh. The main square is finished apart from some french knots on the coral coloured flowers. I’m not sure what flowers these are meant to be and the french knots on the earlier ones look quite dominant. I’m going to try a smaller knot on these and see if it looks better.

The Finery of Nature

I’m also half way round the border, I’ve still to add the back-stitching and the ivory flowers, but I’m pretty pleased with my progress.Hopefully next time (next year!!!) I’ll have started the final quarter which is a pair of butterflies.

The Finery of Nature

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we post our progress on our chosen project every three weeks, please follow the links to see what every one else is stitching.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnie

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for 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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26 Responses to The Finery of Nature SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    this design is looking so pretty on the lighter fabric you’ve chosen – ver fresh & Spring-like!

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  2. Beautiful and great progress. Maybe they are hibiscus flowers as you often see humming birds round them. xx

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  3. Sharon says:

    Stunning! You’ve made considerable progress. That border is gorgeous 🙂 Sharon

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  4. Gail says:

    The outlining on the hummer really pops the details! You are 3/4 done this project! It’s fun to see the creatures emerge as you add more stitches. Have a lovely day.

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  5. Gorgeous stitchery, truly a work of art.

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  6. I hope the person who let this piece go in the sale can see that you’ve done it justice. The detail on the bird is beautiful.

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  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    Gorgeous stitching. I love the hummingbird!

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  8. Have a great progress! The frame of leaves is very beautiful!

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  9. Connie says:

    I love all those flowers! The backstitching really makes the hummingbird stand out.

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  10. Angela says:

    Gorgeous stitching!

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  11. Great stitching – love the humming bird and cannot wait to see the butterflies. This is fast becoming one of my favourite pieces.

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  12. wybrow1966 says:

    This is just so pretty – I love the colour pallet.

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  13. magpiesue says:

    The back stitching really gave the hummer dimension! It’s looking lovely, and you made very good progress considering the time of year and all.

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  14. Christina says:

    Lots of beautiful progress!

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  15. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, oh this design is so beautiful and your stitching too. I’m enjoying your progress on this project. Regards Mandy xx

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  16. Kim Sharman says:

    Your cross stitch is indeed beautiful. I love visiting your lovely place each time to see the progress.

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  17. Renee says:

    Your work on this piece is absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to see it January 5th. Beautiful, beautiful work!

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  18. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Oh how pretty this is and what great progress! I love it. Happy Stitching from me.

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  19. rutigt says:

    Beautiful!!! What more can I say!!!!

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  20. Carole says:

    Great progress. I do love that hummingbird ❤

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  21. Absolutely beautiful! Those colors and that stitching – wow!

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  22. teamwilsun says:

    So lovely — the backstitching on those hummingbird wings really make them extra delicate!

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  23. daneesey says:

    Your handwork is so lovely and delicate!! 🙂

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