Tuesday, June 1, 2010

strawberry pillow wip and some garden pictures

I am working on a pillow project! I started out with this simple embroidery of a strawberry. This is from the strawberry embroidery pattern packet. I stitched SO MANY french knots! The whole strawberry, stem, and flower center are all filled with french knots. For the red, I used dmc #321, the yellow is dmc #726 and the green is dmc #907. I used the split stitch to outline the strawberry, back stitch for the lettering and the stem and flower petal outlines. This will be the front of the pillow.
I am planning on making the back of the pillow a quilted panel! And by quilted, I mean small squares sewn together in a patchwork pattern :)
I am going to use this sweet strawberry fabric, first seen here and some white squares too. I plan to sew the front and back together with this beautiful green rick-rack as the trim. I will post my progress pictures on this as I go along, but in the meantime, I also wanted to share some beautiful flower pictures. We are having a really wet spring - very typical for the pacific northwest! Everything is so green and pretty. This is a chive flower in my herb garden:
Two years ago, for my birthday, I received these amazing allium bulbs. I have purple - which always bloom first:
and white - which is almost in bloom:
I am developing a new flower bed outside my shop/garden shed and I started these foxglove plants from seed! I also have several foxglove plants in this bed that are native to this area. The native plants always have a pinky-lavender flower. I wanted some other colors too so I bought a multicolored seed packet and now I have white to pale pink and a beautiful yellow. I love these plants and so do the bees!

7 comments:

Annie said...

Hi Kim!...So cute strawberry!...Can't wait to see it finished!...At night when you closed your eyes did you see thousands of french knots???.... :D ....I'm in Calif. and have not seen that beautiful Allium bulb!...Have a great day!..Annie

Georgia said...

Your strawberry looks brilliant - love the knots! :-)

big B said...

Annie - Thanks! Yes I saw french knots everywhere - I was really surprised how much floss all those french knots took - the lettering and the strawberry took almost a whole skein of floss!
Georgia - Thank you :)

Libby said...

Beautiful as always!! I can't wait to see this finished!! Very pretty!!

big B said...

Thanks Libby! It shouldn't take me to long to finish. I am a little unsure how the back is going to go - i will post a picture no matter how it looks :)

My 1st Bambina ! said...

Your french knot strawberry is gorgeous, that pillow is going to be lovely !
Lovely flowers in your garden, your purple alliums are beautiful !

big B said...

Thanks! that little white allium is almost in bloom - i will post a picture when it's a full "globe"!