of all the things I love to stitch flowers are probably top of my list! I love the way the simplest combination of stitches and colours can become something lovely.
My unicorn is frolicking amongst ferns and flowers in my newest embroidery pattern and I thought I would share a very quick and simple tutorial for both
First the flowers
First I drew a small circle and eight lines radiating outwards evenly. Then I filled the centre with two strands of pale pink thread and satin stitch
Once the circle is full it's time to add the petals
Just stitch single straight stitches all the way around the centre using 2 strands of light purple thread
Then pop more a straight stitch in each gap. I've done this in a different colour so it's clear but they are just as nice all one colour. I stitch the stalks using a single strand of a soft green to give a delicate look to the flower (more weed like)
For the fern stitch begin with a single back stitch and bring your needle up at the top of the first leaf
Take your needle back down at the base of the back stitch and bring it back up at the tip of the opposite leaf
Take your needle back down at the base of the back stitch and bring it back up a stitch length below to start the next fern
Repeat the stitching for each fern, creating a back stitch for the stalk and then stitching each leaf in turn as you did for the first one
Fern stitch is one of my favourite plant stitches. I usually use 2 strands of thread and my stitches are about 2 - 3mm long. It's nice to add some french knots in between some of the leaves in a different colour
here I added a different green but pink or red flower buds would be lovely too. I used 2 strands of thread and made a single french knot for each bud.
I think ferns with flower buds would make lovely borders for embroideries framed in the hoop. You only need to draw the curved line of the stalk and then keep the leaf stitches the same size as your stalk stitches at roughly a 45 degree angle from the stalk.
And here is a pic of the whole unicorn dancing in amongst the flowers and the ferns
The pattern is available in my Etsy shop now and I will be ordering some pre printed fabric panels for stitching in the next couple of weeks.
I hope you have a lovely weekend with bits of time for a little flower stitching