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Embroidery Pattern: Passion Flower

 

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Here’s a pretty little single passion flower that could be used to adorn anything, really. It would look great mirrored on matching guest towels, or with a monogram between two images on a pillow case.

You can also adapt it into a lily, if you wanted.

If you click on the image above, you’ll get a larger version. Right click on the larger version and save it to your desktop.

I’m rather keen, personally, on white-on-white, so I like this pattern worked in white lines on white linen. Working all the lines in a stem stitch, I like to go back and fill the leaves with tiny seed stitches, worked very evenly in a bricking pattern. Actually, they would look fine randomly done as well. On the lily petals, I prefer a long & short stitch, with satin stitch on the circular center and on the little tips of the stamen. But, hey! That’s just me – it would look great in color, and needle-painted, it would look wonderful!

How do you think it would look good? I’d love to hear other ideas on it!

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  1. That looks more like a passionflower than a lily to me! It’s very pretty, either way, thank you for providing these patterns!

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  2. Yep – You’re absolutely right! Usually, the passion flowers have those really ugly stamens. But the leaves should have cued me in…

    Thanks!

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  3. There is an interesting story that you might not know about how passionflowers got their name… It is thought that they represent the Passion of Christ.

    There are different species but whichever you pick they can support a version of the story. Courtesy of Wiki, here are the main elements to the story:

    The pointed tips of the leaves represent the Holy Lance, the tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ, the ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer), the radial filaments represent the crown of thorns, the chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail, the 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance), the blue and white colors of many species’ flowers represent Heaven and Purity.

    So while I agree the stames are ugly, I kind of like them for the story.

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  4. I am SO grateful to you for this wonderful website. You have taught me how to embroider over the past few weeks; the videos were amazing. If you would like to see what I produced as a beginner, please drop me a line. 🙂
    Thank you again
    Lynda

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