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.