Flowers for Elizabeth embroidered sweet bag: 6 – stitching the pansies, strawberry flower, and butterfly

This ‘Flowers for Elizabeth’ embroidered sweet bag from Issue 51 of Inspirations magazine is gradually coming together. I’m up to stitching the pansies now, plus the white strawberry flower, the green strawberry  and the insect in the middle…. I’ve been busy this week!

I was really pleased with these pansies. They were stitched in a similar way to the strawberries that I did last week – using layers of Satin Stitch padding first on each petal, and then a top layer of Satin Stitch outside the edges of the Split Stitch outlining. The Au Ver a Soie silk thread makes the Satin Stitch come out beautifully smooth.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Just a few Straight Stitch highlights radiating out from the centre of each flower gave them a lot of ‘personality’, along with a French Knot in the centre of each to complete them.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Then I stitched the little green ‘unripe’ strawberry, in the same way that I’d done the larger ones before.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Again, the white strawberry flower and bud were stitched with Satin Stitch padding under the top layer to make the petals nicely rounded….

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

…with Straight Stitch highlights and a French Knot centre to finish them off.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

There’s a kind of ‘Tudor Rose’ flower in the bottom right hand corner of the sweet bag. Not exactly sure what kind of flower it is, but it’s embroidered in the same way as the other flowers, in two rounds of petals.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

In the centre of the bag, on the original design by Susan O’Connor, is a moth. I don’t like moths, so I drew a butterfly instead, and then chose my own colours for it.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Here’s the whole bag front so far, so you can see how it all fits together.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Coming on nicely, isn’t it?!

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Flowers for Elizabeth embroidered sweet bag: 5 – stitching the strawberries

I am up to the part on this sweet bag from Issue 51 of Inspirations magazine that I am embroidering, where I am stitching the strawberries. I love embroidering strawberries!

I stitched the strawberry stems in chain stitch, in two strands of Au Ver a Soie silk thread, first.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

The actual strawberries are embroidered by first stitching two layers of Satin Stitch padding, in opposite directions, across the shape. Both layers are stitched INSIDE the split stitch outline.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Then I stitched the final layer of Satin Stitch just  outside the Split Stitch outline shape, to make sure I got a nice neat outline, and a gently rounded contour to each berry.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Then, using one strand of Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid, I made the cross-hatching across each berry, starting with one large cross to define the angles correctly. Then I worked out in parallel lines, about one eighth of an inch apart, in both directions.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Finally, I stitched a tiny Straight Stitch across each intersection in green, using one strand.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

I have yet to stitch the sepals, but they are done later, after some of the surrounding stitches are worked, so that I don’t catch my needle in the looser threads of these stitches.

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Flowers for Elizabeth embroidered sweet bag: 4 – stitching the stems and tendrils

This is the ‘Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag project that I am currently making, from a design in Issue 51 of Inspirations magazine. This week, I am stitching the stems and tendrils.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

There are several little curly tendrils, and each one is stitched in Chain Stitch with two strands of Anchor stranded cotton.

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

They look OK just in varying shades of green……

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

But they look an awful lot better when the chain stitches have been whipped with Petite Treasure Braid in gold (shade 002).

Inspirations issue 51 Flowers for Elizabeth sweet bag

Next, I’ll be stitching the strawberries. I love stitching strawberries!

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Dollhouse needlepoint kit sale on teacosies and traycloths is on all this week!

Do you want to save money on a cute dollhouse needlepoint kit?

I’m having a sale this week of all the 1:12 scale teacosy kits and traycloth kits on my website – they all have 10% off when you use the code TEACOSY&TRAYCLOTH10   at the checkout.

So take a look at the teacosy kits and traycloth kits sections of my website, and stitch a little something to make your dollhouse look great. Both types of kit are to be stitched on 32 count silk gauze, and the traycloth kits contain the mahogany pieces to make the tray itself. You may also like to add a Mahogany Finishing Pack to your traycloth kit order to polish the wood with when you’ve completed your kit.

Sale prices are 13.45 GBP for the teacosy kits, and 11.65 GBP for the traycloth kits. Mahogany Finishing Packs are 5.50 GBP, and give you enough wax to finish several kits.

These great kits give you hours of fun     Here’s a selection from the range:

 

Teacosy kits for dollhouse accessories

Willow pattern traycloth kit for dollhouse

 

I decided to do this offer this week after being contacted by a customer who had a bit of a problem….her puppy had eaten the corner of her teacosy chart!! I thought it was really funny that the design her puppy chose to eat had a cat on it 🙂 I emailed her a replacement chart in the end, so that she could continue with her stitching…..

So, while thinking of how to help her, I thought I’d offer everyone a little discount on both the teacosy and traycloth kits for a few days!

Cat chart eaten by puppy

Ginger cat dollhouse teacosy

 

If you are looking for other types of mini stitching kits for your dollhouse,
I have lots of other kinds of kit in my shop:

Carpets  ~~~ Staircarpets ~~~ Cushions ~~~ Bellpulls ~~~ Samplers

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Needlework stands

Rectangular footstools ~~~ Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings

 Teacosies ~~~ Clutch  bags ~~~ Tray cloths ~~~ Handbags ~~~ Pole screens

Round footstools ~~~ Christmas tree mats ~~~ Bolster cushions

Table runners ~~~ Placemats

I also sell a range of Magnetic Needle Minders, based on images of my stitching.

Postage & packing is a flat rate of 2.25 GBP for UK orders (4.50 GBP overseas) up to 50 GBP order value. Orders over 50 GBP are sent post free, worldwide.

The teacosy and traycloth kit sale ends midnight on Sunday 21st July, so visit the website now to treat yourself!

(Remember to use the code TEACOSY&TRAYCLOTH10 at the checkout to claim your discount.)

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