Stitching my Garden SAL

I was hoping to have finished this area of the garden by now but I found there is a disadvantage in having a hedge (ish) of wild roses across the back of the garden, it takes forever to embroider!! I even took it to my Skipton Stitchers meeting which gives me a few hours stitching and still didn’t make much inroad!! Three weeks ago I had just started the roses!!

These roses are the simple open petalled type so I didn’t just want to stitch them with a chunky French knot, I tried a few straight stitches round a small french knot but that looked messy and came out too big, so I resorted to a little French knot surrounded by some loose-ish stem stitches. I think my mistake was doing most of my French knots first and I did rather a lot of them!!!

I’ve started filling in a few perennials under the roses, some alchemilla mollis and I’m just doing a pink geranium. The rest will hopefully not take too long, theres the rhodedendron bush which is the green circle, theres a camelia in the corner behind it and then some hellebores in front together with a little azalea…and maybe a few lines on the blank area on the left where the flagged path and steps are…then I think I’ll be finished!

I’ve one more big one like this of the other side which has the amber & amethyst garden and maybe a couple more little ones – ones almost finished. I want to do a map of the garden too which I’m doing as my (very belated) final piece from the Cartography embroidery course I did with Zara Day but that won’t be anywhere near as intensive as these ones.

Now the end is in sight, I’ve started to think about how I’m going to put it together. There’s a lot of raised surface embroidery with the chunky French knots, so at the moment I’m wondering about backing them with pelmet vilene to give the support and then edging with a fine cotton bias binding, a bit like how a quilt is edged. I’ve got a bias binding maker so if I can master the technique I can make my own bias from pretty quilting cottons.

This SAL is organised by Avis from Stitching by the Sea, we post our progress every three weeks, it certainly gives me the motivation to keeo going on some of these bigger projects. 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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15 Responses to Stitching my Garden SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    I love seeing this garden grow!

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  2. Cathie J says:

    Your stitchery is so beautiful. The roses are fantastic. I like your assembly ideas. Especially with the binding.

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  3. Embroidery is not something I’m good at. Yours is fantastic and you get a feel of your garden. Binding it like a quilt sounds excellent. Can’t wait to see it all finished and assembled.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      I always thought I was no good at embroidery, I think I spent so long doing cross stitch I convinced myself I couldn’t make the stitches neat enough! I started with the simple stuff and loved it.


  4. kathyreeves says:

    The rose hedge is worth the effort!

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  5. I’d never get anything done at a crafting group. I’d be far too busy looking at what everyone else was stitching LOL. Love the hedge!

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  6. wybrow1966 says:

    Beautiful – and I love your tours around the garden too!

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  7. Amo says:

    So many but very much worth it.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. rutigt says:

    Love your garden and the roses look wonderful

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