I stitched this piece just before Easter, but couldn’t find time for sharing it. We moved house, at the end of March, then it was Easter break, then it was never-ending struggle with boxes all over the place, and finally yesterday I finished unpacking my studio stuff and put all the things on their places, so I can comfortably do my job again. The rest of the house is still a real mess though, but at least one room here — my studio — looks nice and tidy. To celebrate the fact I’ve arranged some photo shooting today whilst it’s still spring here and my seasonal embroidery hasn’t got completely outdated. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen it already there. I managed to post a photo of the unfinished embroidery just before moving.
This is a postcard I made. I love simple ways of finishing embroidery pieces, and I’ve got an idea of making a collection of silk ribbon embroidery postcards. They would look lovely pinned to a wall in my studio, and it does take little time to complete such a small embroidery. In fact it took me about two evenings to finish it including time I spent making the design and choosing materials!
Daffodils are stitched with hand-dyed silk ribbons following my own tutorial. To be honest with you, I took the same piece I stitched for the tutorial, and added a few more flowers — reduce, reuse, recycle. All the leaves are stitched with Light Emerald hand-dyed silk ribbon, for yellow daffodils I used 4mm wide Yellow Sun silk ribbon and 2mm wide Gold Yellow ribbon, and for white flowers – 4mm white silk ribbon and 2mm wide Falling Leaves ribbon.
I like how the flowers are raised over the fabric.
It’s a little bit early for Common Blue butterflies to emerge, but I couldn’t help stitching them. Their wings are made with 7mm wide Dusty Blue silk ribbon. I just worked straight stitches with the ribbon and then added tiny stitches with one strand of embroidery floss over them.
I used silk ribbon for stitching grass as well. Straight stitches with 2mm wide Apple Green shade is mixed with straight stitches worked with embroidery floss.
Hope you all enjoy the National Gardening Week visiting lovely gardens and getting inspiration for your future projects!