Inspired By Spring Flowers – 3

Four Stitched Panels

Four Stitched Panels

I decided to create a chequerboard effect for the pincushion. The four panels are stab-stitched together with the raw edges visible. I think that makes for an interesting effect, although it can be over-used.

The first panel has a few French Knots, lots of straight stitches, and some singleton scroll stitches around the base of the stems.

The second is lots of French knots, and palmate leaves made of lazy daisy stitches.

The third is primarily lazy daisy stitch, with the flowers made using blanket stitch.

The four panel is feather stitch with French Knots.

The pincushion

The pincushion

The pincushion is only lightly stuffed. I felt that somehow stuffing it to the point of solidity wouldn’t be quite right, although I don’t know why.

In this case I closed the edges with glove stitch. This is really a sort of variant on overcast stitch, so it isn’t difficult, but – even with shaggy bits of embellished fabric appearing around the edges! – it gives a slightly more “finished” effect.

One of those details that most people don’t consciously notice, but it still has an effect…

The Set

The Set

The finished set looks cheerful and springlike, in spite of the increasingly distant relationship between the stitchery and the spring flowers that inspired me.

I’m rather pleased; even if it took me months to find the inspiration, the final result makes me smile!


  1. Jenny Benton says:

    Such a pretty little set, and I do like the blue and green together!

  2. Dima says:

    Very cute set. I like the different stitches and the raised fabric gives it a very interesting look.

  3. What a lovely sewing set you have created, a nice reminder of the flowers that inspired them

  4. Carolyn says:

    Very pretty. Flowers bring out the best in us.

  5. Sue Jones says:

    Very cheerful and practical – not so fancy that you’ll be afraid to use them.

  6. Deborah says:

    This set is so sweet, love the color choices.

  7. Well worth the time and effort. Are you planning to start anything new,since this one’s finished?

  8. It looks lovely!

  9. Andy Lloyd Williams says:

    Very charming needlework set: as you say, it brings a smile to one’s face, which one needs in these troubled times.

  10. jenclair says:

    A beautiful thing that is also useful! Can’t beat that!

  11. Pleasing blue and green colours. Vey nice embroidery on pincushion. great inspiration indeed.

  12. Lady Fi says:

    So very pretty.

  13. Penny Baugh says:

    These are perfect! I love everything about this lovely pin cushion – from the use of felt, the beautifully stitched designs and the colors! I think I might find it difficult to stick a pin (or two or three or four) into it!! *smile*

  14. Lin says:

    I like your pin cushion very much – pretty and it looks lovely with the set. Nice to use a different stitch to finish it off. xx

  15. Terrie says:

    They’re so beautiful and very nice color combination .

  16. Meredithe says:

    What a sweet little set! Your work is so beautiful, Rachel.

  17. Susan says:

    It looks wonderful, the whole set does, and I appreciate the details you’ve shared. Sometimes the inspiration is the longest part of the time.