Thursday, 23 October 2014

Summer Stitches



First, thank you so much for all your comments on my slow cooker post. Your hints and tips are very useful and much appreciated, all of them. Also, thanks for the fantastic response to the giveaway - it's now closed and I'll announce a winner on Saturday. But, in the mean time... I can finally show you my Summer Stitches embroidery. I feel both relieved and sad to have completed the last quarter of this seasonal series of mine. (You can see my SpringAutumn and Winter hoops if you like by clicking on the links.) I really struggled to get motivated with this one but then, as is so often the way, once I got going I became engrossed and didn't want it to end. 

The tree, the anchor in each picture, is in full leaf. I was in French knot heaven here!


I had enormous fun sewing these hollyhocks...


...and this lilac. Or it could be buddleia, I'm not really sure to be honest.


My favourite part is these sunflowers.They were a joy to sew. 


One of the things I most like about embroidery is it's tactile nature, and you can see how much texture the different elements have. 


Here they are, lined up in a row. This is not the best way to display them, but I just wanted to show you.


For now I've hung them vertically on a pillar between our dining room and play room. It's not the best place, and I do think they'd look better hung in a square, but it'll do for now. The nice thing about hanging them here is how often I see them, since it's a part of the house we're all in all the time. 


I love them! Of course I do, how could I not? I really enjoyed putting as much colour into my summer hoop as I could, but I think my favourite might be Winter, the least colourful of them all. Or maybe Spring, I don't know.

Do you have a favourite one?


61 comments:

  1. The new embroidery is a beautiful as the other three Gillian. You should start teaching classes! I would love to learn stitching pictures. In fact, I have bought floss and a vintage sewing box to store it.... in July. Cx

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  2. You're a genius......love them all! :) xxx

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  3. It's beautiful and the very essence of summer. I have been staring and staring at the photos of all four and it's just so difficult to choose a favourite as I have favourite elements in all of them. If absolutely forced, maybe Spring because of the cherry blossom and the pussy willow. x

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  4. That is absolutely gorgeous, how clever you are x

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  5. They have turned out to be completely amazing as I knew they would. You must be really proud of those. Your kids will remember them when they are older and everything. I have not started my cabin one but I think I will when the really heavy weather sets in. Jo x

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  6. I so love all of them, I don't think I can pick a favorite. You did a great job! :)

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  7. Wow, Gillian, they're absolutely fantastic. You are SO creative. My favourite is winter as well, but I love the little toadstools of autumn a lot. I imagine your guests will stand and look at them for a long time, it's fun to compare the different features of each season. The texture of the french knots is really good, perfect for the leaves and blossom. I'm intrigued to see what you will come up with next, I think you have a lot more embroideries in you! CJ xx

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  8. Hi Gillian,
    Your embroidery looks amazing, especially hung vertically as they are. Each season depicted with intricate stitching.....for me possibly Spring or Winter umm but what is Spring and Winter without Summer and Autumn!. A lovely set.
    Helen

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  9. You're so clever Gillian, I absolutely love them, they are so unique and beautifully neat and carefully done. Just lovely,
    Kate x

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  10. I love them all Gillian and they look so great together. I think that if I had to pick one it would be either Autumn or Winter - see, I still cannot narrow it down! A wonderful project that has been a lot of work for you I know, but it is lovely that they are all completed now and they really do make a lovely quartet! xx

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  11. How beautiful they all look together. They must never be separated!!

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  12. I thought I loved the summer one best as I saw so much in it that I liked - the zingy butterfly, the sunflowers, the lilac/buddleia, the ladybird but when I saw them altogether I realised I cant choose! They are all fab as they represent a different perspective.

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  13. Dear Gillian
    A fabulous project - they look wonderful! I think Winter is my favourite (which is odd, as I am usually a suck for colour) but it's those lovely seed heads which swung it! Many congratulations.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Sorry, I meant a 'sucker for colour' - note to self - remember to proof read before pressing publish!
      Best wishes
      Ellie

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  14. I love them all!! such love has gone into each one. the colours are in feeling with the seasonx

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  15. They're lovely as a group and individually. Well done! They're beautiful! x

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  16. they are wonderful Gillian....and I love then hung vertically....they look stunning.
    Jacquie x

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  17. I love them all and think maybe a pattern could be a little earner for you. My August issue of Style at Home was waiting for me when we got back from UK and loved your article very much. Just think I got my hair washed and cut in your town, I think. Should have caught up for a cuppa, but much too far away now. Enjoy those stitcheries and can't wait to see what you start doing this winter. Take care.

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  18. Gillian, they are gorgeous!!!! I kept looking at each one trying to choose a favorite, but I could not. They are all so lovely!

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  19. You have created a family treasure, Gillian! No matter which way you display them, even lined up, I admire them. Although summer is not my favorite season, the holly hocks win my vote as favorite because they remind me of the pink holly hocks my dear aunt grew next to the side door of her stone house. When I visited the stone house recently and posted the picture of it I noted that the holly hocks no longer grow there. But in my mind they still grow there, welcoming me back to my aunt's and uncle's home no matter where I moved or traveled away from them. Your designs and your execution of them are delightful, Gillian. Thanks for sharing them! xx

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  20. They're beautiful and I think they look lovely hung vertically. I adore them all, but I think that the Summer one has the edge for me - sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers (apart from the smell!) and they look so colourful and jolly. I don't envy you having to do all those French knots though! Have a good Half Term if it's next week like ours. x

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  21. I was so looking forward to see the 4 of them finished... And they are truly gorgeous !!
    I just don't seem to be able to decide which is the prettiest... Love the spring tree... But also love the fall birds... And the summer flowers... And that winter air...

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  22. I looooove them all and you,ve inspired me to do the same ,I think they look fabulous on your wall ,happy happpy days ahhhhhhh xxxx

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  23. They are all so beautiful. Love the way you have hung them ....shows them off to their best advantage.
    Jacqui xx

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  24. WoW ..... they are all SO beautiful ..... I absolutely adore them all, what a fabulous keepsake.
    Good job lovely Gillian!
    Love Jooles x x x
    P.S oooooh that little ladybird!

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  25. I absolutely adore them all!!! Very beautiful and each tells a story! X

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  26. they are completely wonderful and I would love these in my home - well done on a great project completed :)

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. No favorites! All of them are beautiful. Great work!

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  28. Oh, I've been waiting to see the four of them together! I the Winter is my favourite, too. But there are details in each and every one of them that I adore! You are SO talented with thread and needle - what an amazing result!

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  29. Well I can't pick a favourite, but my eye was drawn to winter. I like pared back forms. They are great. I love all the little insects too.
    Leanne xx

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  30. So pretty! I like them hung vertically like that, Gillian.
    Margaret P

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  31. Just Lovely!!! They look just fine on the pillar and like you said, there you can enjoy them all the time!! Have a happy weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxxx

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  32. Lovely! They look great hung on the pillar - what a clever idea. My favourite it the tree - I know it's cheating but I love the colour and textures of the leaves and trunk.

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  33. I love them, what a great addition to your home. I think Spring is my favourite :-)

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  34. They are all beautiful Gillian. You stitch the most perfect French knots I have ever seen, stunning!

    xx

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  35. They are absolutely beautiful. Winter being my preferred season, I would tend to say Winter is my preferred one, but they're all very, very pretty. Great work.

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  36. Oh Gillian, your embroideries are just stunning, you must be chuffed to bits with them. They are all as lovely as each other, I couldn't possibly choose. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane xx

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  37. Just terrific, I'm so impressed with your careful hand and eye for capturing detail. I adore all of them x

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  38. Spring!! I love the pink blossoms and the pussy willows. Wonderful Gillian, they are really lovely.

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  39. The new one is really beautiful, I love the hollyhocks and all those amazing French knots. They look amazing all hung together.

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  40. I tried to pick a favourite and thought winter and spring, but then I kept seeing parts in all of them that I just love like the speed you manage to make the birds' flight have. They are all genuinely gorgeous. I've borrowed a slow cooker to try so I will let you know how I get on. Xx

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  41. They are all my favourites, I couldn't possibly choose!

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  42. I keep changing my favourite, it's now summer! Hope you produce a lot more, I can't think of a nicer way to spend a winter evening so might have a go myself x

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  43. These are sooo pretty!♥ You're very talented!

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  44. che belli!!!! brava! ciao, Antonella

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  45. Your series is brilliant, each one is a masterpiece but all together they are even more impressive.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  46. They are beautiful Gillian, really beautiful. I especially love the pink blossom on spring. xx

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  47. Another vote for winter from me, but all of them are lovely. Something, or rather a set of somethings, to cherish :)

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  48. Absolutely gorgeous, Gillian. Love the little lady bugs. xxx

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  49. Oh they are all so wonderful Gillian, and your Frenchknots are the best! I couldn't choose a fave, they're all so gorgeous, clever girl! xoJoy

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  50. It's too hard to choose a favourite, I really love these and have enjoyed seeing them here as you completed them. Makes me wish I could sew!

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  51. They are all lovely and look great the way you have them displayed. If I had to choose a favourite it would have to be autumn as that's my favourite time of year.

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  52. I have loved watching this progress through the year Gillian. You are so creative and talented. They are all so beautiful I can't choose a favourite...but I love the french knots on the tree(s)!!

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  53. All your embroideries are so lovely. It's hard to choose whichj season I prefer - probably winter, maybe spring. But they're all gorgeous.

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  54. Embroidery pictures! I love them all so much that it's difficult to choose a favourite... but if I had to pick one it would have to be Spring and Summer, because I have a terrible weakness for clusters of french knots. And that is still choosing more than one, but it's as close as I'm ever going to get.

    Slán go fóill,
    Giselle

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  55. They're absolutely stunning! I've tried to choose a favourite but I'm afraid I can't :-) Well done! x

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