Stumpwork Secret Garden


Combine delicate ribbonwork with three-dimensional stumpwork to create this charming secret garden design of dainty flowers which bloom around a tiny metal key and padlock.

This embroidery is one of ten designs which are featured in the book Stumpwork Embroidery: Techniques And Projects, written by Helen Richman of The Bluebird Embroidery Company. Signed copies are available to purchase here

This pretty design will introduce you to a select range of embroidery stitches and a number of the techniques used to create both ribbonwork and stumpwork embroidery. This will include creating beautiful embroidery stitches using silk ribbon threads, creating 3D embroidered wired shapes with couching and buttonhole stitch edging, applique, thread wrapped wires, ribbon wrapped beads and creating decorative fly stitch, stem stitch, french knots, turkey rug stitch, raised leaf stitch and long and short stitch.

While this kit accompanies the Stumpwork Embroidery book, it is not necessary to have a copy in order to complete the design; this kit includes all of the threads, fabrics, wires, silk ribbons, needles and templates required and the clear instruction booklet with step by step photographs will guide you easily through your project. The calico background fabric is provided with the design already transferred on for you.


Materials included in the kit: silk ribbons, DMC stranded cotton threads, key and padlock charms, calico fabric, dark sage silk fabric, size 9 embroidery needle, size 24 chenille needle, size 16 chenille needle, cake sire, bondaweb, wooden beads and templates.

Difficulty level: intermediate to advanced

Design dimensions: 14.5cm x 16cm

Additional equipment required: 6 inch ring frame, 10 inch ring frame, embroidery scissors, iron and ironing board, fine tipped marker pen, small paintbrush and clear PVA glue.