Magnolia Stellata

One of my favourite trees in the garden is my magnolia stellata, it’s dainty white flowers brave the early spring weather to put on an amazing display and their scent is beautiful too.

When I started my garden textile book it was inevitable that one of the first little embroideries I did was of my magnolia…

I’m mounting these smaller embroideries in a sort of crazy patchwork background to make a page for the book. The last one I did for geraniums ended up quite bright but this one wanted a quieter feel to it. I found some soft green/grey fabrics that blended nicely with it. I also found in my box of linens a little scrap of vintage linen, I trimmed it a little and used a Frixion pen to write the words, it’s to be hoped this book doesn’t get cold as it took about three attempts before I was happy with the letters, so they might all reappear !!! I chose a range of threads which I thought would work, the butterfly is cut from some leftover apron fabric, it just worked colourwise.

I started by stitching the white linen in place with a simple running stitch. This held it nice and secure for stitching the letters in back-stitch. Whilst I was stitching the butterfly motif on I was mulling over different ideas for the border embroidery. I decided I wanted something to bring out the white of the embroidered flowers.

I started by embroidering a branch which curled round the sides. I then started embroidering magnolia flowers in the basic white DMC thread. To start with they were actually half the size, but I felt they needed to be bigger and more dainty too, so I stitched another layer of petals, curving some outwards, using the B5200 DMC thread, which I don’t often use as it has a different feel to it somehow and usually looks too white, but it was just right for this.

I felt it needed a little something on the righthand side. I remembered my idea to put a liberal sprinkling of bees through this book so I embroidered a little be and it’s flight path.

Another page stitched, I’ve probably got about three more of these mixed pages to do, I need to prepare one ready to have as my handbag stitching project.

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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21 Responses to Magnolia Stellata

  1. claire93 says:

    your choice of fabrics and the extra stitching around is beautiful

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  2. Juliana Ellington says:

    Such a beautiful page! Even looking at photos and not the real thing, one can feel the joy and satisfaction that went into your design choices. After loving all your garden photos of your real flowers and plants, I’m really enjoying seeing your garden come to life on fabric.

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  3. Laura says:

    So beautiful, Margaret! I’ve tried a couple of times to grow magnolia, but it seems the deer are quite fond of them. I have to be content to admire them in other lovely gardens, such as yours’. 🙂

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  4. Karen says:

    Beautiful stitching! There are a few of these magnolias near us and they always look so pretty when they’re out in the spring

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  5. Amo says:

    I do love magnolias and yours is lovely. Having grown up on the very acidic New Forest I’m now on chalk! I have a struggling Stellata in a bed we iron feed and have ericaceous compost. It struggles.

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  6. Debbie says:

    I love your garden book. It’s really inspiring ❤️

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  7. Cathie J says:

    Oh my, I love how you enhanced the Magnolia page. That tree really shines!

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  8. Linda says:

    Your magnolia stitching is gorgeous. I love the added stitching on the side.

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