Roadside Pink Campion

I’m trying to work my way through my stash of kits at the moment so at the weekend I had a browse through and pulled out a pretty Rowandene kit called Roadside Pink Campion. Rowandene have quite a distinct style of embroidery with layers of chiffon and simple embroidery stitches making lovely nature scenes. I always make a beeline for their stand at any show as they always have an activity table where for about £5 you can sit and embroidery a little flower scene, it’s like a calm oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a show, time for a much needed sit down usually too! I think I bought this kit at the last show I went to, which seems an age ago!

The base fabric has the basic outlines printed on so you can just overlay the chiffon and start stitching. There’s one large piece of green chiffon which covers the whole piece and then several squares in pink,blue, yellow and lime green to overlay.

The instructions give an order to stitch everything in, first flower was the cow parsley stitched with stem stitch and french knots. Three strands of DMC are used for most of the embroidery which gives quite a chunky but effective look.

The foxgloves came next. The main spires are stitched with short straight stitches, I wasn’t sure about this to start with but once I got going I liked it. There’s a few spires of french knots too to give the idea of ones deeper in the hedgerow. The big foxglove leaves were supposed to be in satin stitch however I decided to use a stitch I’ve just learned on my stitchwheel, closed fly stitch. It’s worked well though I’m not sure it’s in keeping with the rest of the embroidery…

As well as DMC threads, the kits also include wools, there were two shades of green wool. At first I really wasn’t sure about using the blue-green one as in the packet it looked out of sorts with the other threads. However, when I looked at the image on the cover I realised it gives depth to the scene. I did though change the thread used for the fly stitches on the right, they were meant to be white but I used a soft green-brown variegated thread instead.

The pink campion were added next, both lazy-daisy stitches and tiny circles of pink silk…

The last step was adding blue daisy flowers, I then added a few more french knots in a pretty variegated pink thread which came with the kit and the scene was complete.

I like these kits, they’re quick and easy to stitch, there’s enough instructions to make the design but plenty of room to make it your own. I added a few more grasses and french knots and missed off some metallic thread. It’s also a useful learning experience to see how to use different weights and types of thread and how to layer up an embroidery. Just need to decide what to do with it now!

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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17 Responses to Roadside Pink Campion

  1. Melanie Maloney says:

    Hi Margaret, I LOVE Rowandean kits. I teach embroidery to adults and children and I always recommend that they start with a Rowandean kit, because they learn all the basic stitches and have the almost instant gratification of producing something beautiful. You don’t need to be a beginner to work a Rowandean kit. I love to spend a weekend afternoon stitching one of their kits and I know you’re very far from being a beginner, but I find you can never grow out of Rowandean.

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  2. Gorgeous! One question, how are the edges of the chiffon held in place around the outside?

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Carole, the chiffon is just held in place by the stitching, the outer corners are not attached, I can trim them a bit if I want to- when I decide what I’m going to do with it 🙂


  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Hadn’t remembered your other kits from this company (sorry!) but this one I find stunning in it’s use of the coloured chiffon & threads. Excellent!
    (Hope you’re feeling better now!)

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  4. tialys says:

    So lovely – although it doesn’t look easy to me. I am almost tempted to try one of these but do I need another hobby??

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    That chiffon is such an interesting layer, it really adds to the overall effect. I love the choice of the closed fly stitch, it adds such interest!

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  6. anne54 says:

    I love this too, Margaret. Such a pretty embroidery. The chiffon is a good addition. You don’t really notice it, although, because it adds a depth to the background, you would notice if it wasn’t there.

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  7. Jane M says:

    This looks so 3d, it is gorgeous and I love the chiffon background

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  8. So wonderful to see your beautiful stitching art again! I will be trying to catch up from being away from blogging land 🙂

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  9. nanacathy2 says:

    I love their kits too- so pretty and I love your stitching.

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  10. Renee says:

    What a fun kit! Your embroidery is absolutely beautiful!


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