Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cottage Garden Embroidery

I made this embroidery using another wonderful vintage pattern provided by Flickr contributor Chez60, the same lady who provided the Crinoline Lady pattern in my previous post.  She has shared so many beautiful old designs that I just can't wait to use!  

This pattern originally had a crinoline lady, too, but since I had just done one of those I decided to make some changes.  Here's the original one:
I just left her out, added some more rocks and flowers and was reasonably happy with the result.
A little closer.  
I used a variety of threads including Valdani, DMC Color Variations, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Cosmos Seasons.  All of these threads which are probably used more for cross stitch than anything else are wonderful to use for this kind of embroidery.
One more close up:
Those odd looking things in the lower right corner are supposed to be bricks.  I had tried several different ways of doing them including plain satin stitch and nothing seemed to look right.  So after several rip outs I settled on the way you see them here.  I still wasn't perfectly happy with them but decided enough was enough and this is how they would stay.
I hope you enjoyed seeing another embroidery, thanks for visiting!


Nurdan Kanber said...

Karen, this is so very gorgeous!
I love its completion with lace! Very well done!

Annie said...

So beautiful. Love your brickwork. You pick such a great combination of colors and stitches. I do miss the crinoline lady (I love them), but you did a marvelous adaptation!

Nancy said...

Your embroidery always amazes me! This is just beautiful!

Bits of Stitching! said...

It's breathtaking! Perfect stitching and color combinations! I wonder... how long does it take you to complete a piece like this one? And, how do you decide which stitch(es) to use on each element?
Truly inspirational!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

This is so pretty. Your stitching as always, is lovely. I have a vintage stitched piece that I found in a junk shop. It has almost the same design but also has a pond added to the scene. It is all intricately and beautifully stitched and has been stitched on green silk. It is also framed in a beautiful frame. A friend of mine said her grandmother had stitched one exactly like mine in the 30's so I am assuming it was from a kit. However, I am thrilled to have it. Your pieces will someday also be a treasure to others......if they aren't already!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So lovely Karen!

Penny said...

Beautiful stitches, Karen! And such pretty colors too. :)

Solstitches said...

Karen you always choose the prettiest projects to work on.
I love this cottage with all of the beautiful flowers.
You did a great job of changing the design and making it your own too.

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