Roses on a cream T shirt for a 3 year old


Rose embroidered T shirt for a 3 year old (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

I have an ongoing battle trying to embroider roses and feel I never quite capture that certain roseness of a rose. Quite often they turn out more like peonies or poppies and even my best attempts have a certain squashed quality as if they’ve been sat upon or have emerged flattened from decades lying trapped between ancient ball gowns in the bottom of a musty trunk. Of course it doesn’t really matter as the roses I add to bits of clothing are purely decorative and not meant to be embroideries of biological exactitude … but, like the search for the perfect recipe for a baked cheesecake, chocolate brownies or aubergine parmigiana, every so often, you just have to have another go! And that’s why, my roses are reserved for children’s clothes and any aspiration I may once have had for the sophistication of  Dolce and Gabbana’s gorgeous multi-petaled bundles of loveliness remains a dream, intangible and just out of reach.

Detail of Rose embroidered T shirt for a 3 year old (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Last week saw a successful first week back at school for the little ones, though this week feels more momentous as the littlest one will be doing whole days for the first time. Suddenly getting the house in shape and putting bookshelves and cupboards in better order seems possible … and there may even be the odd hour during the afternoon when I can get a bit of embroidery done. How very grown up we’re all feeling!

A sprig of roses – on a T shirt for a 3 year old (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

The roboboot – disliked and beloved in equal measure – is off and we are getting used to a new and softer footfall on the stair. Muscles, ligaments and tendons, awakened from being cosseted in a cosy nest of cushioned fleece and rigid plastic, are at the moment are tending towards inflexibility and even stubbornness but day by day there’s definite improvement. As the weather is mild, warmer and sometimes sunny, I feel I can say with certainty that things are looking up!

Roses on a T shirt for a 3 year old (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Other attempts at roses:

an embroidered letter O

rose embroidered cardigan for a little girl

rose embroidered baby cardigan

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  1. ceci
    Posted September 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Massage and warm soaks helped a lot when my friend was rehabbing an injured ankle/foot. Perhaps an impossible dream for such. busy person as your daughter.


    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 15, 2021 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Good idea – she has a physio booked for later in the week so should get an idea of how to massage the injury.
      Keep offering to soak her foot but she’s disappeared upstairs and fallen asleep before we get round to it!
      Many thanks – always good to be reminded of these simple measures.

  2. Posted September 14, 2021 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I think they are very successful roses, although I do take your point, because they are particularly tricky to render in stitch!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 14, 2021 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Kind of you to say so, Rachel – I knew you’d understand.

      • Posted September 20, 2021 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

        Absolutely. A friend asked me to embroider a name panel for his daughter “Evelyn Rose”, using a full rose on a stem as the “l”, so I have experience in these things!
        It’s on my blog, if you want to see how I did, just type “Evelyn Rose” into the search box!

        • Mary Addison
          Posted September 23, 2021 at 11:04 am | Permalink

          I remember your rose – a lovely one just coming out of bud.

          • Posted September 27, 2021 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

            Thank you. I’m glad to report that the parents, at least, were thrilled. Young Evelyn herself is only just one, and I expect she will love it and hate alternately for the next twenty years!

          • Mary Addison
            Posted September 27, 2021 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

            You’re probably right there. Then when she’s 50, she’ll rediscover it and get quite misty eyed!

  3. Amara Bray
    Posted September 22, 2021 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Well they are lovely to me. I like in the cardigans how you put in multi-color roses too. I used to dabble in watercolor and that was the trickiest thing — to show depth on petals. Maybe it is a similar issue in stitch — although like I said I am seeing a successful outcome here from my viewpoint.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 23, 2021 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      So sweet of you!
      You’re right, with roses it’s trying to get the look of their mass and fullness that’s difficult

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