David Austin Roses

I’ve just finished my embroidery of some of the David Austin roses in my garden…I have quite a few!

David Austin started breeding roses back in 1961 and he managed to breed roses which both looked beautiful and had a strong scent, but also repeat flowered, there wasn’t just a flush in June. I still have roses flowering in my garden now in mid October.

I’m making an embroidered book about our garden so I decided to embroider a page about the various different roses we have. I love all the different names of the roses, A Lark Ascending, This Scepter’d Isle, Gentle Hermione… I decided to do like a wheel of rose names with an embroidered rose towards the middle.

Initially I was just planning to write the names on the fabric with a sepia coloured pen. Unfortunately the pen I tried first, despite a test run, was clearly too heavy, however I’d already spent considerable time stitching the wheel shape so I wasn’t going to start again…

I decided to embroider all the words with back-stitch. You can see on the working progress photo below how Desdemona (at 3 o’clock) is heavier than the others

I stitched the roses first using bullion knots and sometimes a French knot or three in the middle, depending on how open the rose is.

I decided to stitch the names in the same colour as the leaves. I just picked some random shades of green for the foliage, I decided not to try and match it to the real thing as it was just going to get too complicated. It also worked well as I stitched the leaves and then the name, rather than settling down to stitch all the names in the same colour at the end.

Desdemona still shows up heavier but I don’t think it’s quite so obvious and I do like the idea that my hand writing is stitched into the book. It would have looked slightly better I think if I had written the names on the left side the other way round so they weren’t upside down but that would have been quite tricky, working out how long a name will be so that you start it in the right place to get them all finishing neatly in the middle…you get the drift!

A good press removed all the Frixion pen marks and I’m really pleased with the piece.

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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7 Responses to David Austin Roses

  1. Wow! What a beautiful record.

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  2. Helen says:

    They are absolutely gorgeous roses and your book is going to be amazing

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  3. Mimi says:

    I am over the moon about this !!!!!! It is just fabulous ……. I have roses and David Austin Roses so really appreciate this project on a different level than if I was just a quilter…… So very creative……. WOW

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  4. Laura says:

    What a great idea! I had no idea that you had that many roses! I bet the fragrance in your garden is heavenly! 🙂

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  5. magpiesue says:

    What a wonderful record of your roses, and a tribute to the David Austin team. I have a couple of their roses (but none that you have apparently) and absolutely love them.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    This is an inspired page for your book, MArgaret!

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