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…

AvisClaireGunChristinaKathyMargaret

HeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahSharonDaisy

AJCathieLindaHelenConnieCindyMaryMargaret

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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  4. wybrow1966 says:

    Happy New Year – this is such a clever project!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

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

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  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.

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  7. Cathie J says:

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

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  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

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  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

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

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  11. Lindashee says:

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

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