Stitch-a-Garden SAL

Having finally finished my embroidery of our patio, I’ve just started the next page for my garden book, the top garden where the summerhouse is…

There’s a few bigger features in this part of the garden, such as the summerhouse, the lawn and the pond. There’s also lots of shrubs and small trees such as the osmanthus on the left of the photo and the purple cotinus coggrhia, so I’m hoping it might be a little quicker to stitch.

I’ve chosen the same murky fabric for the background, I’ve no idea why I bought this fabric as to look at it’s actually quite ugly! It’s sort of duck egg blue with brown and green smudges which actually works pretty well for a background. I sketched out the area so I could work out the scale so it will fit on one page. This area is directly above the patio garden so it’s the same depth but it’s wider so I’ve ended up including the main path too, although I might extend a little upwards to show the big fence more and take some off the path…

The black lines are the outline of the design and the page, I’ve used a Frixion pen so a little heat from an iron or a hairdryer and they’ll disappear.

As you can see I’ve added some painted fabric for the grass, the pond and the summerhouse, I’m thinking of adding a bit more paint as the lawn is looking a bit yellow. The pond makes me smile a bit as mine is more vivid green due to duck weed, luckily my stitched garden doesn’t have weeds!

I feel I’m still at the scary white page stage, hopefully once I get a few more shrubs added and get stitching it will start coming together.

This SAL is organised by Avis, we each share our progress on our chosen needlework every three weeks, just long enough to keep me motivated if an embroidery is taking a while! Please follow the links to see what everyone 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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11 Responses to Stitch-a-Garden SAL

  1. Cathie J says:

    Oh, I am looking forward to seeing your progress and beautiful stitching on this part of your garden.

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  2. claire93 says:

    the planning & execution of this must be requiring lots of brain power!

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  3. It’s so interesting to see the thought process behind your work. It’s going to be beautiful.

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  4. There is a lot of planning to this garden – I look forward to it developing.

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  5. Sharon says:

    Good beginning, excited to see this come together

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Christina says:

    lol Love your comment about the fabric! It is perfect for this project! Looking good 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. How you get from a single piece of fabric to your finished works of art is way beyond me!


  8. kathyreeves says:

    A great beginning for your page!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. rutigt says:

    This is gonna be great!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. You can do it Margaret. You already planned this garden out when you made the real think so I am sure you will have no bother converting it to stitching and it will look just as good as the last one did.

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