Jack Frost

One of my most successful purchases from the Harrogate Flower Show has been Brunnera Jack Frost, I bought it quite a number of years ago and it still looks good, It’s a hard working perennial which has sprays of tiny blue flowers in spring and cream and sage green variegated foliage the rest of the time, well apart from deepest winter! It’s a bit like a perennial forget-me-not, but taller and sprightlier…

…and with a more interesting leaf. It now has several babies growing around the garden!

When I was stitching one of the wreath patterns from a mystery bundle from Sookie Soo on instagram I stitched lots of French knots in a variegated blue and it crossed my mind that if you were to make a wreath from Jack Frost, it could look like this…

OK so the leaves aren’t variegated but it is only about 2″ across!

This is one of the embroideries for my garden book, my plan is to do crazy patchwork pages with these little stitchings, interspersing them with the full page embroideries. I decided it was time to start putting some of these pages together,

I rummaged in my fabric stash and found some blues and greens which went nicely with the stitching. I ‘crazy-patch-worked’ them together and started stitching. I added trims, embroidered round them and over them…

…I felt the flowery fabric at the top, whilst very pretty, seemed to dominate the piece. I decided to add some lace over the top. I carefully cut a segment of a doily I bought for 50p in a vintage shop that’s opened in Otley. I then had the idea of running a gimp thread through the lace which I can then extend into the adjoining areas…

This is what I like about crazy patchwork, you can just run with an idea and go with the flow. So I’m planning on couching into the green area and developing it a little more, and the blue corner still needs sorting, but it’s getting there. I think one of the issues with this kind of stitching is knowing when to stop!

Once this one is finished I’ve several more little embroideries to incorporate into my garden book so I think I’ll be busy for a while.

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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9 Responses to Jack Frost

  1. Michelle Goggins - MG Doodle Studio says:

    Your embroidery and patchwork are so beautiful! All the tactile details add so much to the piece. I’m in awe and inspired by your artwork!


  2. Prue Batten says:

    I think your textile books are works of art and I always think how much I’d love to take my finsihed works and blend them into a book but then my courage fades…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Laura says:

    Very pretty!😊

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This is wonderful and you express yours ideas very well in the patchwork and stitches.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sharon says:

    I am in love with this —- gorgeous

    Liked by 1 person

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