Slow Stitching & Fast Nature

Slow progress on the canvas, but lots happening in the garden.

Spot the bee on the blossom

I don’t seem to have made much progress on the canvas this week, but I’ve been distracted. Mother Nature is performing her seasonal miracles in the garden and you’d have to be hard-hearted not to want to watch.

On March 1st, I took some pictures.

Snowdrops on St Davids Day

I’m no gardener, so everything that comes up in my little patch has well and truly got here on it’s own merits, but I’m always fascinated by the way that life springs up from the cold and dark winter soil.

Snowdrops appear every year. I’ve never planted any.

Eternally interesting ivy

Ivy winds itself around the trees and over the fences. It’s welcome in my garden, the flowing leaves take off the sharp edges of the fences. A touch of ‘The Secret Garden’.

Today, daffodils have flowered.

Spring flowers

Sunshine is pouring through the window and energy is seeping back.

Here are the stitches.

Slow progress

I’ve resorted to a frame for the time-being – just too soft to keep tight for stitching, but once it gains its own strength, I’ll take it off again.


Not using my normal vivid palette on this piece – yet. It might call out for colour as it develops, but at the moment, it’s pale.

Hope you’re having a productive week.

13 thoughts on “Slow Stitching & Fast Nature

  1. Beautiful garden AND stitches!

    Ivy was the enemy in our last garden. It attached itself to the limestone foundations and sucked out all the calcium it could. result – crumbling foundations and brick walls without support. Rather a worry!

    1. Eeeeek! Thanks for the warning, although I think we’re probably OK, the ivy isn’t too close to the house. Actually, if I’m honest, I think there’s only the ivy holding some of our fence panels up.

  2. You seem to have a lovely garden and get lots of bright sunshine. Very beautiful photos of the flowers and ivy. I also liked the stitching very much.

    1. Hello, thank you for your message. I’ve just sneaked a peep at your lovely blog – fabulous, Too many things to do right now, but I’m going to head your way tomorrow and have a good read – needlework and books – my favourite things!

    1. The south facing front of my house is about a month ahead of the back garden!

      At the moment I’m using Appleton tapestry wool and occasionally Appleton crewel, doubled up. The weave is very open on this hessian. I’ve got some lovely thick silk that I’s like to incorporate, but that will come later.

      1. I’m a bit worried about my peach tree, its in a sheltered corner but we still keep getting the odd bit of frost here in the north east and the tree shows signs of budding. I usually get peaches but am worried the frost will get them this year

        sounds like an interesting combination – I aodre appletons crewel

  3. your viburnum must smell sublime when the sun draws out it’s scent – love the colours you’re using as well, they seem to fit the tender quality of early spring evenings

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