Stitch a Garden SAL

Well I have my dancing shoes on! Last night I finished – ish my stitched patio garden for my fabric book about my garden. I say -ish as I might just put a few more stitches on it…might!

This is the piece that was inspired by the on-line course I did called ‘Stitch – a – garden’ by Nicki Franklyn of the Stitchery. It was an excellent course and gave me lots of ideas about different stitches to use and painting my fabric. I’m sure she’ll be repeating it if any one is interested. The course was aimed at one picture, like a map of the garden, as my walls are full of pictures I decided to make a book instead. As our back garden neatly divides into three areas I’m stitching a map of each one, this is the first!

Three weeks ago I was just finishing stitching the raised bed but I still had a lot of stitching for the border by the conservatory…

I’ve been a busy bee stitching the lower border, adding roses on the big standard rose bush, peonies, brunnera, rhodedendron, hebe, irises, together with several others which nicely fill gaps in. My last few stitches were little seed stitches in variegated brown to just represent the soil, they just help the areas between the plants to look stitched rather than forgotton about.

I wasn’t sure when I started stitching this piece how the perspectives would work out, I have mixed up view points but I think it works, possibly because it is so busy! The main structures are pictured as from above, possibly just above the arch, so the arbour shape is seen and the rose arch is straight across the path, the pots and planters are circles with stitching in the middle. The flowers are pictured as viewed from standing in the patio so they will be sideways on when the page is in the portrait view as it will be in the book. This is the bit I procrastinated most about but I think it works.

The areas where I might just put a few more stitches are the two green bushes, one is a box and the other a eunonymous, so they are just plain green shrubs but I think the eye is drawn to those more than it should be.

I now need to stitch a similar ‘map’ of the beer garden AKA the amber and amethyst garden and the summerhouse garden too with the lawn and the pond. Hopefully they won’t take as long now I vaguely know what I’m doing, this one has taken about four months!

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis from Stitching by the Sea, we post every three weeks on our own chosen project, just often enough to keep the motivation going. Please follow the links to see what everyone else is 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 Stitch a Garden SAL

  1. Cathie J says:

    Oh this garden is so pretty. It is easy to recognize so many of those flowers and I love the explosion of color and the variety of stitches. I agree that those plain green bushes need some green leaves. I can’t wait to see the next garden.

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  2. Laura says:

    This totally works, Margaret! It is a great representation! 😊

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  3. This is such a lovely project and a beautiful keepsake. Love all the variety of stitches.

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  4. You are really progressing on this project! Hugs

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  5. Sharon says:

    I love the business of this project, it totally works and looks fabulous 🙂 You did an outstanding job on this! I want to sit in your garden and get lost in a book 🙂

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  6. wybrow1966 says:

    I love Nicky Franklins stitchery lane – but have yet to start the kits. Did you use ribbon embroidery for the roses?

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  7. Ellen Turner says:

    It’s me again…love love your garden & variety of colors & stitches…
    Such talent….

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  8. I’ve been looking at all the flowers for ages. It’s easy to get lost in your garden 🙂

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    I just love this Margaret!

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  10. Karen says:

    That’s turned out beautifully – I really like the way you can identify particular plants and flowers

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  11. rutigt says:

    One Happy Dance for this garden! I really like the different perspective that you have stitched your garden in!

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  12. nanacathy2 says:

    what a very pretty piece.

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  13. claire93 says:

    absolutely beautiful!

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  14. Incredible work Margaret! I have enjoyed watching your progress on this piece and look forward to the other 2 taking shape.

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  15. No wonder you did a dance!


  16. You will spend hours looking through the book and being reminded of your garden, when you finally move to your new house. xx


  17. sunnydelaney says:

    I love this piece so much — both your garden and your stitched representation are spectacular!


  18. Christina says:

    I had to come back and see your finish! It’s wonderful!! Love the colors, textures, and perspectives.

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