Stitch a Garden SAL

Happy New Year everyone, we’ve had a lovely Christmas and New Year shared with family and friends, nothing too raucous, just enjoying time together. I even managed to get some sewing done…

I’ve managed a couple of evenings working on my garden book, I’m still stitching the page which shows the summerhouse and the pond round the lawn. Three weeks ago I had just started embroidering round the pond…

Well I haven’t done a huge amount of stitching but I have made quite a bit of progress as I used bondaweb to stick on hand-painted calico to represent some of the bushes. There’s quite a few bushes and shrub roses in this part of the garden…

…so far I’ve added a purple one for the continus cogghria, green ones for osmanthus, spirea, pieris and rhodedendrons. I embroidered the osmanthus with fly stitch both round the edge and in the middle to give the idea of a prickly plant as its leaves are a bit like holly. The one on the right with creamy pistil knots and French knots is meant to be a pieris.

I’ve blanket-stitched round the purple bush but I haven’t quite decided how to show the round purple leaves, French knots seems the obvious choice but that might look more like purple flowers, I might just do little seed stitches instead.

Having applied the shrubs the rest of the borders don’t look quite so daunting an area to fill, especially as there’s quite a few rose bushes which are fairly quick to do with large French knots and a few stems and leaves.

Hopefully next time I’ll have a bit more progress to share, in the meantime please follow the links to see what everyone else 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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12 Responses to Stitch a Garden SAL

  1. Happy New Year and best wishes. I love this idea and may try doing our smaller garden later this year, as the heavy snowfall and -12 weather looks as though it has attacked some of the shrubs and palm tree.


  2. Sharon says:

    Your Stitch a Garden is filling in really nicely. I love the idea of this project. Here’s to a productive crafty 2023!


  3. Sian Coggins says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family, your blog has been such a huge help in my learning to sew journey.


  4. wybrow1966 says:

    Happy New Year – this is such a clever project!


  5. kathyreeves says:

    The fill work is going splendidly Margaret; enjoy your stitching time. Happy New Year!


  6. Your summerhouse looks very inviting, especially with the pond close by. Your real garden must be a delight for all the humans and wildlife alike.


  7. Cathie J says:

    Now I can start imagining your pretty garden. Happy New Year!


  8. claire93 says:

    must be lots of fun to work on your stitched garden, at this time of year when the real garden is uninviting


  9. Your garden is looking lovely. Although we learnt the basics of regular embroidery at school I have never tried since leaving over 60 years ago. This tempts me to have another try as I would love to stitch my garden too. Best of wishes for the new year xx


  10. Happy New Year!! This is such a beautiful project – I love how your garden is being depicted in stitching!


  11. Lindashee says:

    Looks lovely!! I love how you translate the elements of your garden to stitches


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