ONL 210 – The Sweet Garden of Elizabeth I

Choose the color of your fabric

Please note that this are not genuine fabric colors of any manufactuer. The colors have been hand-chosen by me, as they represent an array of colors which act as a decent, though emphasizing background for my intricate design. I strongly recommend to avoid any bold colored and/or mottled so-called "hand dyed" fabrics. Your months-long work on details and specialitles will be lost in any agitated background.

You have waited so long: Finally, I can announce the release of “The Sweet Garden of Elizabeth I”!

Reading the description of the designer I do think that this design can be seen as not completely finished as the amount of bling is – for a Châtelaine design – still quite moderate. I can not guarantee the design to match the descriptions below in every part. Nevertheless, the preview matches the design, it is rich of details, special stitched and beads. And who knows – maybe you feel inspired to add even a bit more sparkle to your liking 🙂

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This design comes without instructions for special stitches and backstitch. If you feel like needing a bit of help with this, please team up with your fellow-stitchers in the Châtelaine Support Group on Facebook. If you aren’t sure how a stitch is done, you can find lots of instructions on YouTube.

To make stitching through the rich range of symbols and stitches a bit easier, this design comes with some help, all included in the one file you get after purchase:

Version 1: All stitches in color, backstitch as complete lines, beads as colored dots

Suitable for general cross stitch, special stitches, and backstitch

Version 2: All stitches in b/w, backstitch as complete lines, beads as black dots

Suitable for general cross stitch if you prefer seeing colors as symbols

Version 3: All stitches in color, no backstitch, beads as colored symbols

Suitable for beading

Version 4: All stitches in b/w, no backstitch, beads as b/w symbols

Suitable for beading if you prefer seeing colors as symbols

Material List ONL-210 (final) / Please make sure to use the translated beads from the list (DB, Swarovski,….on the right of the untranslated choice).


Martina Rosenberg’s original Text:

Please note, that this is a very first preview only now! Showcasing the first layouts and ideas.

This will be a Mandala (of course..) of a garden from the times of Queen Elizabeth I. She is the Phoenix you see in the very center of the pond! Inspired by a wonderful gold embroidery on one of her rich garments.

Whilst doing research on Elizabethan times I was so intrigued by the patterns and motives of her regal dresses, all embroidered, gilt, jeweled and encrusted with genuine pearls and sequins of gold, that my fingers itched to create a garden in this manner.

So this will be a real challenge piece, when ready:

Lots and I mean lots ! of Special Stitches, over one details and dimensional, partially raised embroidery.

Lots and lots of beads, crystals and Tila Beads too. Look for a strand of genuine Freshwater Pearls, nicely rounded – they will be used in this design as well. If you like. If not, I will give you a Special Stitch in cream silk instead 🙂

There will be typically designed plants and flowers, all different in the finished piece. Animals will be added as they were seen and interpreted in these times. Tiny details will give you fun whilst stitching – wait and see.

10There is a lot for me to do with this design still – and I can not yet tell you a publication date. It will be ready when it will be ready 😉

The approximate size will be 349 x 349 stitches. I will recommend a 28 count fabric due to the over-one parts.

And it will use tons of crystals and bling too!

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16 Replies to “ONL 210 – The Sweet Garden of Elizabeth I

    1. Linda, this depends on how a seasoned stitcher you are 🙂 — there will be lots of Special Stitches, fractals, backstitching, over-one etc…. Perhaps try something “smaller” first to get an idea of the stuff ?

  1. You were so talented! I love this one.
    I’d like to make a request for a Thanksgiving Design in honor and recognition of the 400th Anniversary of the Landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful and popular holiday over here. I bet it would be very popular!

  2. This is beautiful. Martina has outdone herself. Elizabeth is a worthy subject (pun intended?!) I hope this will become available.

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