Ferns

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Ferns

Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and didn’t eat as many of these as I did.

Hot cross buns

I also ate a whole Easter egg in one sitting 😉

Anyway, back to the ferns. Ferns, in the loosest, botanically incorrect sense of the word, I think. I had seen some lovely images of clean simple embroidery on Pinterest. My embroidery board is here if you’d like to have look. It features quite a variety of techniques. I’m quickly swayed towards one style when a search me takes down another route.

My recent sort out of my dmc threads also made me appreciate the lovely selection of greens I had hidden in my tin.

The dmc website has a great library of free embroidery templates, which is where I found my fern template. For some reason the USA website works a lot faster than the UK one. You just have to leave your email address.

So using my usual Sticky Fabri Solvy I traced the pattern and stuck it onto some pale cream curtain lining fabric.img_6881

Completely copying the dmc example (sometimes it is nice just to blatantly copy something don’t you think?) I used satin stitch for the two outside ferns and blanket stitch for the centre one.img_6883img_6893

Note to self, don’t use biro next time. I can just see some remnants of biro ink on the fabric below, once I’d washed away the stabiliser. Just on the blanket stitch fern.

Just before washing away the stabiliser.

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I decided to frame this one in a hoop. It looks rather lovely, I think.

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This one has gone to a friend, for her birthday. I think I need one for myself too!

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Beautiful! So simple but effective. Well done on the Easter egg – in this house my son is always likely to get to any chocolate before me…..

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  2. Lovely Lucie, lucky friend.

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  3. The blanket stitch gives a totally different effect to that fern, doesn’t it? Just goes to show how simple changes can make such a difference. I have a similar before and after DMC picture, by the way. Not having a sweet tooth, Easter eggs and hot cross buns passed me by:)

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  4. I love the simplicity of your ferns – I say ‘simplicity’ but I couldn’t do it, though you know I don’t mean it in that sense.
    I use that sticky solvy -or something similar – for my freehand embroidery efforts.
    I am so impressed you ate an Easter egg in one sitting and, as long as you’re not teasing and don’t mean something teensy like a Crème Egg, you are my hero 😉

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  5. I realllllly need to sort out my tin of embroidery threads! It takes me forever to find the colour I need – where did you get your supplies for sorting them out? and what did you use? I’m inspired!

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