Friday, 15 April 2016

Stitching Greens

In a small and beckoning antique shop, I found a little basket of old embroidery threads. As I looked through the spectrum of colourful cottons, I was drawn to the greens; mossy and bright and muted greens. Onto a piece of soft and light linen, from an old and well-worn tea towel, I have been stitching leaves. Simple, scattered green leaves. 

Leaves on linen.

When I've finished scattering leaves all over the linen, I want to use it to make a project bag, like this one made by Melissa Wastney of the blog, Tiny HappyHer tiny and happy stitches have enchanted and inspired me for a long time. 

I usually store a knitting project in this beautiful handmade bag by Melissa Wastney.

So, when I found a pattern for a project bag in her book, Sweet and Simple Handmade, that I borrowed from the library recently, I felt it time I made one. Such a bag would be perfect for holding the knitted organic washcloths, like this one, that I am making for a friend whose baby will arrive later in the year.

A little project like this one is easy to pick up every now and again if one isn't in a hurry.  I store mine tucked into a basket on my crafting shelf and have embroidered a leaf or two whenever a moment for sitting quietly and stitching has presented itself.

I hope to have a few more such moments over the coming weekend to finish off the leaves. I hope you get some time too to finish off, or make progress on, your own project.

Have a lovely weekend.

p.s. I am using very simple backstitch to create my leaves. The tutorial at this link shows you how to use fishbone stitch to embroider a leaf.


  1. your leaves are soooo beautiful!

  2. It looks lovely. What a beautiful and simple idea to decorate a bag.

    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to choosing some beautiful fabric from my stash for the inner lining and then sewing it up. Thanks for stopping by. Meg:)

  3. I really need to dig out my embroidery, just looking at yours has made me smile.

    1. Glad my leaves made you smile, Kim. I am almost finished all of the leaves and hope to sew up the project bag this weekend. Have a lovely weekend too.