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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mrs Martin's Celebrations Swap; Spring!

A little while back in a FNSI post I showed glimpses of this project. To celebrate the coming of Spring we each had to make a garden stitchery for our swap buddy. We didn't have to make this piece into anything...that's up to the recipient to decide whether it is framed, made into a cushion, runner or some other larger project. We were asked to use at least 5 different embroidery stitches.
My partner in this yearlong swap is lynne, and because Lynne has now received my parcel, I can unveil the project that I stitched.
I used a Jenny Elefantz design, called 'Do Daisies Grow in Your Garden?', which is filled with lots of cute little details, such as snails with blue shells, an orange and blue butterfly and some lady bugs.
 
I couldn't seem to find the  blue/cream large print that was recommended for the background, so I used a 'sky' print in the palest I could get. I couldn't find variegated green ric rac so decided to improvise.

I wasn't sure how wide the ric rac should be and ended up buying 2 different colour greens in 2 widths. The wider light green didn't look very effective so I used the narrow ric rac. Using a technique that my mum's friend used to use, I used herringbone stitch to sew the ric rac to the background. So I've got a sort of a variegated effect there. So the stitches that I used in the project were, backstitch, satin stitch, straight stitch, french knots, blanket stitch and herringbone!
 Then of course a few more 'bibs and bobs' went in the parcel, to celebrate Spring.
Some flower fabric...
 A pretty tea towel...
Both rolled up and tied...

And lastly a fragrant sachet which is just so spring-like!
Thank you once again to Karen for organising this swap!

10 comments:

shez said...

lovely gifts Maria,well done.xx

creations.1 said...

Your embroidery is lovely - very clever idea for the 'variegated' ricrac!!

Susan said...

I loved that pattern - and love the ric rac treatment.

Maria said...

What a pretty "Spring Swap" gift you stitched..

Noela said...

Lovely stitchery pattern and extra goodies. Hugs.....

Crammel and Scrow said...

How pretty - lucky Lynne.

Ryll Paul said...

Beauty, creativity with love all wrapped up together :)

Lin said...

Pretty block and lovely stitchery, love the snail.

Tatkis said...

Wonderful gifts! Your stitched daisies are so lovely!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Gorgeous..