David Austin Roses

I’ve got rather a lot of David Austin roses in my garden, at a rough estimate I’ve probably got about thirty different roses and about fifty actual rose bushes. David Austin was I think the first rose breeder to mix the repeat flowering of the floribundas with the heavy scent and beauty of the old roses, he calls them English Roses. I love learning the names when I buy a new rose, I’ve often given them as presents too, choosing a name that fits the occasion.

When I was thinking about what to include in my embroidered garden fabric book it seemed obvious to do a page on my roses. I’ve stitched a couple of standard roses and a length that could be a climbing rose…

…however I had an idea to embroider lots of the roses and their names. I pondered for a while about layout but eventually settled on a wheel with the roses radiating out like the spokes of a wheel. Having sketched out my thoughts on paper I chose some heavier weight vintage linen and used a Frixion pen to lightly mark the segments of the circle – I had to buy a protractor specially! Frixion pens are heat erasable so when you iron the fabric the marks disappear. It sounds great but there are potential issues their use on fabric is still up for debate. They are great for marking as it’s a nice fine pen and it does instantly disappear with the heat of an iron. However, the marks will return if the item gets very cold, such as in the hold of an aircraft, people have posted embroideries or quilts only to find all the marks had reappeared in transit. It is also not known what the long term effect on the fabric are, the manufacturers still don’t recommend them for use on fabric, I’ve also heard it said that over time it will rot the fabric. Despite this they are widely used in the quilting and embroidery world. I am planning to use them as little as possible.

Having drawn the grid of 16 segments I used a simple running stitch in a light green to mark them. I chose a sepia coloured gel pen to write all the names of the roses. I would have preferred to have all the names facing upwards, so changing direction half way, however this would mean writing into the circle and all the potential pitfalls of trying to get the word length right. It was much easier to write all the names from the middle outwards. I tried to have a nice gradient of colour round the wheel but I was also thinking of long names going into the longer corners, short ones at the side.

I embroidered the roses using bullion knots in various shades according to the rose portrayed..

My original plan was simply to write the names in the border, however having tested a permanent gel pen on a scrap I started writing Desdemona (right of picture) and immediately realised it was the slightly thicker one. I changed to the thinner pen which did look much better, but Desdemona stood out a mile!

Having thought of various cover-ups for the handwriting I decided to bite the bullet and embroider all the names. I’ve used several different shades of green, I have not tried to match the green with the actual leaf shade on the bush, I’ve just picked a colour out, stitched the leaves and the stem and then used the same shade to back-stitch over the writing. Stitching a leaf and then the name also nicely breaks up the monotony of embroidering over 16 names! I haven’t embroidered Desdemona yet but it’s already looking less obvious.

As you can see I still have half a dozen roses to finish but I’m really pleased so far and Desdemona doesn’t stand out as much all ready. I’m tempted to put a button in the middle, this could eithe be one from my button stash or one covered with a mini embroidery of the David Austion logo.Hopefully by next week I’ll be doing a happy dance!

I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link to see what everyone else has been 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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21 Responses to David Austin Roses

  1. Jaya says:

    The rose photographs are as beautiful as your embroidery. I want to thank you specially for this post as my mother loved it. She is 85, used to do beautiful embroidery but cannot now due to eyesight trouble. She still stitches quilts. She enjoys reading your posts.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment, I’m glad she can still stitch quilts, it’s so hard when you can’t do what you love, my mum was a prolific needlewoman but got to the point when she could no longer manage it due to dementia, then she just enjoyed watching me stitch during visits.

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  2. susie Q says:

    I have a Julia Childs rose.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    This is such a great idea for remembering your roses. A great addition to the garden book!

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  4. Tracy says:

    Your garden roses are so lovely, I was inspired to add one to my own, it is called Strawberry hill. It will be grown in an obelisk, a first for me πŸ™‚

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  5. Jane M says:

    You have captured them all beautifully.

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  6. claire93 says:

    what a fabulous way to catalogue your roses ^^

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  7. Cathie J says:

    I love this way of displaying your embroidered roses. I think the embroidered stems, leaves and names are perfect.

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  8. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Beautiful roses! And I’m quite impressed with your embroidered flowers as well and of course, it made me think of doing something similar to commemorate my garden flowers. This is a neat project and I wish I knew of something other than Frixon pens that would work. Happy Stitching!

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  9. This is so pretty!

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  10. Deb A says:

    What a beautiful piece! Love how you have the roses and the names.

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  11. Your idea for the rose stitching is lovely! I have attempted that bullion stitch (the one you’re using for the blooms, I think that’s what it’s called), but haven’t quite got the hang of it yet. Your stitches are beautiful! I do use a Frixion pen to trace my embroidery – hope it hasn’t shown back up for people I’ve sent finished pieces to!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Diann, I think Frixion pen ink has to get very cold to reappear, like it would in an airplane or perhaps in the post, but I think when it heats up again it disappears. With bullion knots I still have to do a practise to remember where I put the needle, front or back. I hold the wraps fairly firmly round the needle as I pull the thread through, if you struggle to get the needle through the wraps try a milliners needle or a straw needle, they don’t have a bulky eye like a chenille one does. Hope that helps πŸ™‚


  12. Oh how beautiful! You can enjoy stitched roses all year round πŸ™‚

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  13. Karrin Hurd says:

    Gorgeous roses and stitching. That is one thing that doesn’t grow well in my drought area of California.

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  14. Jenny Benton says:

    What a wonderful idea, creating a corner of your very own rose garden. That’s certainly very creative and special. I’m looking forward to seeing ths pretty piece completed.

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  15. What a clever composition. The names of the roses are lovely in themselves and are offset by your beautiful embroidery.


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