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It’s week 3 already and it’s time to start stitching those wonderful areas around the cottage – which one are we starting with..?
The Flower Garden
You will need the following colours…
#782, #702, #3362, #3820, #34, #550, #350
Sequence of Stitching…
Ideally you should stitch the flowers by starting with those that are the furthest behind the other leaves and flowers and work your way forwards.
Since I know there are a lot of beginners joining in – I would suggest stitching the 2 long leaves first as this will then help you to see the order of things more clearly and help you see the individual stems and flowers rather than them looking like they are all jumbled together.
Stitching the leaves…
Using 2 strands of the colours in the picture… Stitch leaf 1 and leaf 2 from the bottom up – leave the fence panels as gaps.
I chose Brick Stitch for my leaves (no surprise there!) but you could choose to go with either split stitch or stem stitch if you prefer.
Using the following photo as a guide, complete the rest of the greenery.
- Use 2 strands throughout and fill in the larger leaves with the same filler stitch you chose for leaf 1 and 2.
- Stem stitch the single lines of stems.
- Straight stitch the tiny bits of stems near the bottom.
- Satin Stitch the leaves indicated by the blue arrows.
Stitching the Flowers…
Now it’s time to add a splash of colour with the flowers, starting with those lovely yellow blooms…
#3820 – 2 strands…
- back stitch the centre petal
- Outline the remaining petals in back stitch and then stitch a diagonal satin stitch to fill each one individually.
To finish… 1 strand of #350 – back stitch around the petals.
Make sure you use tiny stitches to keep the curved shape.
Complete the second yellow flower in the same way and then use the following photo as a guide for stitching the remaining flowers.
Use 2 strands throughout…
Stitching the fence…
#782: 2 strands – Back Stitch or Split the individual strips of wood.
The shorter verticle strips are behind the longer horizontal strips so stitch these first. Make sure you don’t stitch over the horizontal strips – leave a gap where they will be.
Finish the fence with the horizontal strips and your wonderful Flower Garden is complete.
Make sure you show off your lovely stitching on the Happy Stitching FB Group or send me some pics and I’ll post them here, can’t wait to see how your design is coming along.
Don’t forget you can also share your stitching on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.