Thursday, August 27, 2015

WIP: Herb embroidery

Last summer I was inspired by the giant bronze fennel growing in my garden, and I started stitching what was intended to be a set of outdoor placemats.


I used sturdy hessian, which gives such a fantastic contrast to delicate stitching (and it's really cheap!).


My fennel had such bright orange leaves and golden yellow flowers, and I really enjoyed matching up floss and creating this herb embroidery. I even stitched a teensy weensy bee in the corner of the mat.


And then autumn arrived, and the 'set' of placemats was put aside for a while...until last week, actually, when I was pruning my lavender after collecting the flowers to dry.


I've returned to this WIP, stitching a lavender placemat using just straight and lazy daisy stitches. Before the summer ends I plan to enjoy an outdoor meal with at least one other person!


Perhaps next I'll stitch the daisy-like feverfew, or the starry blossoms of borage. C'mon summer, bring back the sunshine, keep me inspired!

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  1. I sure like your fennel (and lavender too)! That 'sturdy hessian' looks wonderful

  2. The colors are simply stunning on the burlap - how did you finish the hessian ( burlap ) edges ?

    1. Thank you Barbara! I just machine sewed the linen to the hessian, right sides facing, then turned it right-side-out. Nothing fancy!


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