I started this project last year but never got further than a few stitches into it. This is the third layout, I started with the original fourteen elements from the Woodland Cottage chart by the Craft Collection plus some additions from other sources. In the end I picked nine elements out of fourteen and put them together in a new design.
Stitched with Anchor threads on 16 ct white Aida, finished size is 39 x 39 cms. I think I’m going to make this into a cushion cover as soon as I’ve picked the right fabric. The one I had in mind doesn’t match the thread colours, it’s too red. I’ve picked two green fabrics which might fit.
The pattern I’ve got comes from a German craft magazine, it’s from the same design series as the butterflies I stitched some time ago (find them here, scroll down). The designs are from the Cottage Garden series by The Craft Collection. Unfortunately, they’ve been out of business for some years already, as it seems.
Besides the magazine clippings I’ve got (Butterfly Cottage and Woodland Cottage) plus the chart for Cottage Garden (garden flowers), there are at least six more patterns: Dovecote Cottage (birds), Fisherman’s Lodge (pond life), Herb Cottage (wildflowers), Orchard Cottage (fruit), Beachcomber Cottage (marine life), and Farmyard Cottage (animals). I’ll continue looking out for these, any help in finding them will be highly appreciated. 🙂
I’d like to send a big thank you to Avis of Sewing beside the Sea for helping me find Cottage Garden. ❤️
But before starting Cottage Garden I’ll
bore entertain you with another great project I’ve called Thirteen things with wings. More about that one soon.
Elder (Sambucus nigra)
#9 is finished and the Woodland Sampler is complete. I’ll show you the piece in full glory tomorrow. 🙂
Oak (Quercus robur)
I’m not sure if I picked the right species, but it’s a widespread tree around Europe.
Horn of plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides)
Also an edible species from the chanterelle family, this is #7 in my sampler project. Two more to come.
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastaneum)
During the last years our chestnut trees have become more and more infested with the horse-chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella). Somehow a sad sight to see.
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
#5 in the series with a former one hidden beneath a piece of paper to keep you guessing. 😉
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
My favourite so far – beautiful colours.
Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
I promised leaves – here they are. #3 of the mystery sampler with backstitching done.
I’ll keep hiding the neighboring motifs with a piece of paper so the overall layout is kept a secret. 🙂
Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
The second motif from my mystery sampler. I’ve already started #4, but #3 still needs a little backstitch work.
Chanterelles (Craterellus cibarius, syn. Cantharellus cibarius)
After finishing this one I got carried away. My needle is running hot while it is flying through #2 and #3, still hidden beneath the paper. Coming soon to a screen near you. 🙂
But for the request – The patterns I’ve got come from a German craft magazine and are from the same design series as the butterflies I stitched some time ago. After some digging around the internet I know more now. The designs are from the Cottage Garden series by The Craft Collection. Unfortunately, they’ve been out of business for some years already, as it seems.
Besides the magazine clippings I’ve got (Butterfly Cottage and Woodland Cottage) there are at least six more patterns: Cottage Garden (flowers), Dovecote Cottage (birds), Fisherman’s Lodge (pond life), Herb Cottage (wildflowers), Orchard Cottage (fruit), and Farmyard Cottage (animals).
EDIT: Also in this series: Beachcomber Cottage (marine life) – my favourite so far
I’d love to have the other designs as well (except, maybe, Farmyard Cottage) and would love to trade/swap them (or borrow them, if you trust me to return them quickly and undamaged – alas, my budget is very limited these days). Just the patterns/instructions would do for me, I don’t necessarily need the kits as I’m making my own layouts.
Feel free to contact me at jule(dot)bandholz(at)gmx(dot)de.