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Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and didn’t eat as many of these as I did.

Hot cross buns

I also ate a whole Easter egg in one sitting 😉

Anyway, back to the ferns. Ferns, in the loosest, botanically incorrect sense of the word, I think. I had seen some lovely images of clean simple embroidery on Pinterest. My embroidery board is here if you’d like to have look. It features quite a variety of techniques. I’m quickly swayed towards one style when a search me takes down another route.

My recent sort out of my dmc threads also made me appreciate the lovely selection of greens I had hidden in my tin.

The dmc website has a great library of free embroidery templates, which is where I found my fern template. For some reason the USA website works a lot faster than the UK one. You just have to leave your email address.

So using my usual Sticky Fabri Solvy I traced the pattern and stuck it onto some pale cream curtain lining fabric.img_6881

Completely copying the dmc example (sometimes it is nice just to blatantly copy something don’t you think?) I used satin stitch for the two outside ferns and blanket stitch for the centre one.img_6883img_6893

Note to self, don’t use biro next time. I can just see some remnants of biro ink on the fabric below, once I’d washed away the stabiliser. Just on the blanket stitch fern.

Just before washing away the stabiliser.


I decided to frame this one in a hoop. It looks rather lovely, I think.



This one has gone to a friend, for her birthday. I think I need one for myself too!

Love, Lucie xx


  1. The blanket stitch gives a totally different effect to that fern, doesn’t it? Just goes to show how simple changes can make such a difference. I have a similar before and after DMC picture, by the way. Not having a sweet tooth, Easter eggs and hot cross buns passed me by:)


    1. I don’t why I didn’t sort out my threads a whole lot sooner. I just kind of liked them in my old quality street tin. I didn’t realise that I had amassed so many. I think I have both a sweet tooth and a savoury one! Hence all the cycling!

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  2. I love the simplicity of your ferns – I say ‘simplicity’ but I couldn’t do it, though you know I don’t mean it in that sense.
    I use that sticky solvy -or something similar – for my freehand embroidery efforts.
    I am so impressed you ate an Easter egg in one sitting and, as long as you’re not teasing and don’t mean something teensy like a Crème Egg, you are my hero 😉

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  3. I realllllly need to sort out my tin of embroidery threads! It takes me forever to find the colour I need – where did you get your supplies for sorting them out? and what did you use? I’m inspired!

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