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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Garden Steps :: Block One

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Well, it may be a day late, but block one is finally done!  Topiary trees are one of the things that embody gardens to me.  As a result, I thought they would make a great first embroidery.  I've kept this one simple for all the beginners, but the more advanced {or adventurous} stitchers are welcome to add more details.  Feel free to embelish.

Also, if you're new to embroidery or need a refresher, check out my introductory series, Embroidery 101.

Download the first block here.

I used a simple back stitch around the flower pots and the edge of the trees.  I filled in the tree stems with satin stitch on the diagonal to give it a different look.  The trees are filled with cross stitch {which I just realized I don't have a tutorial for...but if you just follow this one and make only one "x", that's perfect!} and french knots.  Finally, the dragonflies are lazy daisy and running stitch!

Garden Steps :: Block One Detail

I am debating going back to add some more detail...but we'll see how that goes.  I will post a photo update if I do!  Enjoy!

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  1. I love this first embrodery block!!!!!
    I think it's perfect like it is and I hope to start as soon as possible ... I have my bundle but I have to cut and sew ... maybe on saturday ^__*

    Thanks Jennie and your block is really lovely!!!!

  2. Just adorable Jennie, I love it! It will be so much fun to have another embroidery quilt!

  3. I did blog about entering with your button, but I'll wait until I get this first block finished before showing off the beautiful fabric and thread from Five Monkeys. I'm glad I decided to order the packet.

  4. I love the dragon flies. How fun!

  5. Clara,
    If I can figure out how to crochet those little purses I will let you know that you should try it. I am definitely a beginner, so we'll see what happens. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

  6. cute, working on sewing my blocks together.

  7. This first one is so cute! I can't start these right now, but will join in when I can. I see the schedule makes it easy to catch up.

  8. although you said you posted the embroidery for block 1 a day late. it was actually a week early. is the schedule changing. i finished block 1 and was wondering if block 2 will be posted on the 14th or per the schedule on the 28th.

  9. Thanks so much for this darling pattern! I'm having so much fun with it!!!!


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