A strange buddleia

A Strange Buddleia
A Strange Buddleia

I really cannot imagine what I was thinking of when I worked this piece. The design was a transfer, I remember that much, and I worked it many years ago.

It is yet another discovery from a forgotten box, and the reason it was in the forgotten box in the first place is that I’ve not the vaguest idea what to do with it!

Buddleia Flower
Buddleia Flower

The fabric is a variegated gauze, and the embroidery is in two variegated silk threads – the florets in satin stitch (on gauze – I must have been mad!) and the leaves in long and short stitch.

The burgundy gauze isn’t quite so bright in real life – it’s turned out really very oddly in the photograph – and the green leaves don’t disappear in real life as they do in the photo.

Buddleia Leaf
Buddleia Leaf

I have thought about applying it to an evening blouse – I wouldn’t need jewellery with that at the neckline – and I’ve also thought of mounting it to create a non-folding fan, but the engineering involved in the latter rather defeated me, and I have yet to find a fabric that it will work with for the former.

These forgotten boxes, by the way, are beginning to drive me absolutely wild – there’s something I would love to write about if only I could find it, and not only is it not in any of the boxes I have discovered by accident, it is in none of the sensible places I’ve looked, either!


  1. Finding old forgotten UFOs or almost finished pieces evokes a lot of feelings.
    Can you frame the gauze embroidery? Can you turn it into a greeting card? Can you turn it into a tea cosy?….

  2. Lady Fi says:

    I love it!

  3. Jen Mullen says:

    Oh, those forgotten projects! All the time and effort put into creating them, then stashing them, re-discovering them, and creating a new purpose for them!

  4. Sheryl says:

    Goodness, I´m always finding forgotten embroideries and this year I hope to completely finish most of them. Your embroidery is very neat and pretty and I´m sure you will find a `finish’ for it.

  5. Sue Jones says:

    Slightly strange, but you obviously enjoyed doing it and it makes a cheerful bunch of blooms. I wouldn’t worry about leaving it unfinished for now if you are unsure how to use it. You have reminded yourself of its existence, and the right idea might suddenly occur to you next month or next year.

  6. Meredithe says:

    It looks very pretty. I’m sure your brain will think of something to do with this piece. Start looking for something else and you’ll find what you’re currently looking for – always works for me!

  7. Carolyn says:

    I hate it when I dive into those old boxes and find everything I don’t want and the thing I do want is nowhere to be found.