Spring Orchards

I started a new embroidery kit a couple of weeks ago, it was meant to be my stitch anywhere project, i.e the one that’s in my handbag for stitching when I’m out of the house. However, it’s crept into becoming my go-to stitching at home too as I’m enjoying it.

It’s a kit I bought a couple of years ago in the embroidery shop in Grassington further up Wharfedale. If I visit a little shop like that I like to buy something to support them this caught my eye as it reminded me of the walks my friend and I have done up in the dales when the blossom trees have been in full bloom.

It’s needlepoint rather than cross-stitch so it’s stitched on canvas. It’s a bit smaller than I realised, though a better size for me really, the finished embroidery will be 11cm square. One thing that appealed was the use of different stitches to get the different textures, there’s french knots and long stitch as well as tent stitch.

I had to stitch the centre in tent-stitch first, then add the extra stitches before moving on to the border. I’m probably about half way through all the french knots, I’m making some of them a bit bigger than the instructions say, but they’re coming out more like the photo on the front. I don’t find it as easy to count tent stitch as opposed to cross-stitch, and fitting in the long stitch neatly is a whole new ballgame – the tent stitch coves the cross-over point of the canvas, whereas the long-stitch lies between the holes, so I just fudged a bit where needed.

I love the dry stone wall and the gate in particular, the gate is made to stand out by stitching over a long stitch, so it’s just raised a bit.

I’ve just started the outer border to give me a rest from all those french knots as well as the concentration working out where each one is meant to be!

By the way, the kit is by Derwentwater Designs, they are a company based in the Lakes, they have some lovely kits sold by a lot of independent shops, I couldn’t find a website specifically for them.

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, follow the link to see lots more sewing inspiration.

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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20 Responses to Spring Orchards

  1. Jenny Benton says:

    So lovely, well done!

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  2. LindaSol says:

    It’s beautiful, you’ve done so much in two weeks!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. CathieJ says:

    What a beautiful needlepoint. It is definitely reminiscent of the trees from your walk.

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    What a pretty kit- do I understand that it’s not on printed canvas- that does make it hard.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Cathy, it’s a counted design, rather than printed, I actually prefer counted as it saves any confusion as to which colour is actually meant to be on a square, but I do find cross-stitch easier to count!


  5. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous and the different stitches give the wall a texture, love it

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  6. Isn’t it fun to stitch what we we see in nature! I love all the texture too!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    This is a beautiful little piece!

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  8. Jill says:

    A lovely piece indeed. I understand why it’s become your go-to stitching project. Pretty colors.

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  9. KJ says:

    Very pretty.

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  10. Karrin Hurd says:

    Gorgeous stitching and beautiful tree!

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  11. Debbie says:

    I love your project as well. And as you said, the variety of stitches employed. Just gorgeous!

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  12. I love the different texture stitches in your needlepoint piece. I have a partially done needlepoint piece from the 1980s in the stash that also uses satin/long stitch with a tent stitch ground. I agree that marrying up the two isn’t easy.

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  13. Sherrie says:

    Lovely piece your working on…have a great day!

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  14. That is a sweet little piece!

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  15. I love the variety of stitches and the texture that gives. What a delightful piece.

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  16. Sharon says:

    You find the most lovely pieces to make ā¤


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