Stitch this delightful hand embroidered flowers project and present it to hang in an attractive embroidery hoop.
You will need…
14.5cm circular flexihoop
25cm x 25cm of cotton calico or similar weight fabric
60cm narrow ric rac
60cm x 6mm satin ribbon
4 skeins of Anchor Perle cotton No. 5 – colours 1304 (variegated lemon/green), 267 (green), 742 (orange), 1 (white)
Squared paper marked in centimetres (optional)
You will also need a pair of scissors, tacking thread and an embroidery needle (a sharp point and an eye large enough to take the embroidery thread)
This sketch has been produced using centimetre squared paper. Draw a circle 14.5cm diameter (same as the hoop) and draw your design within the circle – you can copy our idea or create your own.
Transfer the image onto the calico using a pen which is air or water based and can easily be removed afterwards.
Place the calico in the flexi frame.
Using the variegated perle cotton (1304), bring your needle onto the surface of the calico on the edge of the flower centre leaving approximately 8cm of thread underneath. Put your needle back into the calico alongside your first stitch and bring the needle out on the edge of the outer circle.
Wrap the thread around the needle and gently pull the thread to form the petal stitch. Hold the petal in place by inserting the needle onto the outer edge of the petal.
Bring your needle back to the surface next to where you started the first stitch and repeat until you have filled the circle with petals. Tie the threads together on the wrong side of the hoop. Complete the large daisies before working the small ones in the white thread.
Starting at the base of the stem, bring the green thread (267) to the surface leaving approximately 8cm of thread on the underside of the hoop. Place the needle back into the fabric approximately 6mm away and slightly to the left of the stem and bring the needle to the surface slightly to the right of the stem half the length of the first stitch. Repeat the first stitch until each stem is complete.
In the centre circle of the flower and using the orange thread, bring your needle onto the surface of the calico leaving 8cm below the surface. Place the needle back into the fabric to surface where the first thread came up. Wrap the thread around the needle a couple of times and return the needle to the underside producing a knot on the surface. Work several knots until the centre of the flower is covered. Tie the threads together on the wrong side of the hoop.
Thread your needle with the ribbon and bring the ribbon onto the surface on the top left hand corner of the basket.
Take the ribbon across the basket to the top right hand corner, keeping the ribbon flat. Take the ribbon to the underside of the hoop and bring the ribbon to the surface just below the first row and work the second row and the remaining horizontal rows.
Work the first vertical row by bringing your needle onto the surface on the bottom left hand corner of the basket and weave the ribbon through the four horizontal rows and take the ribbon under the surface on the top left hand corner of the basket.
Work the remaining vertical rows in the same way to achieve the woven basket effect. The ribbons can be stitched in place on the underside of the fabric.
Ric Rac Frame
Tack the ric rac around the edge of the frame. Tacking the ric rac in place makes it much easier to embroider.
Using the green thread stitch the ric rac in place through every curve of the ric rac to give a decorative edge.
Cut away the excess calico but resist the temptation to cut too close to the frame.