* Tiny Embroidery Tiny Garden

Posted on July 1st, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

This is my first real experiment with machine embroidery. The ground and most of the grass is machine, with some more grass and the flowers added by hand on felt and linen. The design is based on a wonderful Japanese embroidery book I have called Tiny Embroidery Tiny Garden (info on my library page).

I’m very encouraged by it. The last time I attempted any machine embroidery it was a disaster. Of course, setting out to make a weed garden helps with a multitude of problems. :) If you look at the back of this one, you can tell that I still don’t have the tension quite right, but it’s getting closer. I felt a little smoother moving the fabric under the needle, too. I’m thinking of making a little triptych of tiny weed gardens to frame and hang up.


16 Responses to “Tiny Embroidery Tiny Garden”

  1. Angela haglund Says:

    I reeeallly love it.

  2. jenny vorwaller Says:

    this is the coolest thing i’ve seen in a long time! is this programmed on your machine or done by freehand? this is amazing! thanks for sharing.

  3. Maitreya Says:

    Thank you! It’s all freehanded on my plain old sewing machine. You hoop some fabric, drop the feed dogs, and just kind of move the fabric around. I’ve got a couple of books that have been helpful getting started.

  4. lisa Says:

    maitreya – it’s gorgeous! i love it!!

  5. laura r. Says:

    it is wonderful.
    post the back too.
    keep going!

  6. kelly Says:

    That’s truly gorgeous! That could be a great project for me to try to break in my new darning/embroidery foot…

  7. amy k. Says:

    ah-this is so good. I too have been getting really into this free motion thing, like on my home on the range apron, it’s so great and yours looks amaing!!!

  8. kristen Says:

    oh my goodness, what a fabulous idea! this is my first time to your site (linked from hilary bragging about your bird purse) — your blog is very easy on the eyes! can’t wait to see the third in the triptych!

  9. carrie Says:

    Wow. Stunning. It’s so nice to see something new.

  10. Donna Says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful! I really want to try something like that.

  11. Annika Sandin Says:

    yes, I like it too!

  12. Thais Says:

    wow very creative!

  13. Joe Says:

    It is so simple to the eye yet so beautifllu elegant!

  14. Eva Says:

    I realy love it!
    It’s so delicate.

  15. fée clobouclett' Says:

    Hello ! I think you did a beatyful jewlery with your sewing machine !;o) I would like to know if you always have your book of Kazuko Aoki, and if yes, if you could sell it to me ;o) if not, it doesn’t matter !
    kind regards and, bye’


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