Spring 2024: Google ended its email subscription service in 2021. I believe I've found a replacement, but haven't had time to test it. I have been stitching a little bit here and there and have some posts ready for when the email subscription is active again. Fingers crossed, I'll have time to rouse this blog out of its dormancy sometime this year.

23 June 2017

Too Much Grass?

The birch project is finished! Well, maybe...

At least the long grass in the front is well and truly tied down. I have no more worries about that after finishing off the flowers.

Embroidered flowers added. (Jo Butcher: Under the Silver Birch)

It's very colourful which I like. In fact, the colours are more vibrant than I thought they would be. Again, I like that!

After the flowers, came more grass and then the piece was finished. This is a good photo with the grass highlighted. I can't decide if I'm happy with this or not. Sometimes I think it's overly busy (i.e., I put in too much grass), and sometimes I like it. It kind of depends upon how the light hits it.

Under the Silver Birch (designed by Jo Butcher): Lots of flowers under the tree

I feel like it needs weeding.

Here's the finished piece overlaid with the included mat.

Under the Silver Birch (designed by Jo Butcher): complete with mat

I'm going to let it sit for a while and then take a look at it in a couple of weeks with fresh eyes. It's not like I can do anything about it. I can't take the grass out. I may just be a little too close to it and need a break.

Still, I had a great time stitching Under the Silver Birch and would definitely recommend Jo's kits. I think my favourite part was the tree trunk as it was a different take on 'normal' shading.

This is listed as an intermediate level kit. I think that's appropriate, but as Mary Corbet might say, if you are a determined beginner you would be able to stitch this project. It's not technically difficult--you could make different choices for the stitches if you find them challenging--but you do have to pay attention to what you're doing. It requires mindful stitching.


  1. It looks better with the mat on it. I think it helps draw the eye away from the dark of the grass and helps you look at the whole rather than concentrating on the one area. And after all, it is a wild patch so it should look like it needs a little weeding. But not much. I like that the grass looks like it has long blades coming up in between the flowers. ��

    1. Yes, after not looking at it for several days I agree with you. I have made my peace with the piece and am happy with the outcome. :-)