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Jacobean Embroidery Pattern: Hanging Flower – Good for Goldwork, too!


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I’m not sure if people get bored with these little embroidery patterns, but I figure they’re nice to have in the files, in case the mood strikes to try something different. This pattern is a neat little “hanging flower” motif, suitable for Jacobean work, but also something that can be easily adapted to goldwork.

Like the other Jacobean patterns I’ve posted lately, this one comes from Mary Thomas’s Embroidery Book, which is currently out of print. I like this motif – I like the rounded leaves, the couched stem, and the satin stitch edges. They all leave a lot of room for interpretation and adaptation.

Here’s the pattern:

Jacobean Embroidery Pattern

That’s the full size, so to save it to your computer, you can just right click on the image above.

This particular pattern is open to a lot of interpretation (well, just about any design is!) – the outlines on the individual petals can certainly be something besides satin stitch. Buttonhole comes to mind, for example. Here, the little stamens coming out of the top of the flower are represented as satin stitched dots, but they could just as easily be clusters of French knots. The stem is shown couched, and the inside of the flowers are various sizes of straight stitch – but stem stitch, running stitch, or any line stitch would do for both the stem and the inside lines on the petals. You could dress up the stem with herringbone stitch inside, or stick with the little seed stitch dots there.

The design would also make a nice goldwork practice piece. The edges of the petals could be worked in purl, the stem would be great in couched gold passing, and the large dots at the base of the flower (top of the stem) would be nice in alternating check and smooth purl.

So many options!!

Have fun with it!


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  1. Hello Mary,
    I have been wanting to contact you for a while now but didn’t know how to do the “post a comment” thing on your website. I do now, so that is something else I have learnt through you.
    I would like to say that I am in awe of you. I have no idea how you accomplish so much!
    Teaching, doing all the embroidery that you do, going on little trips, searching the internet for patterns and interesting things besides writing your Needle’n Thread email and website. I am guessing you have a home life too that you have to keep up with.
    You must have some secret to time management that you could become rich on.
    Thankyou so much for being the most unselfish and sharing person I know of. Also thankyou for all the good things on your website . It would be nice to know you personally.
    Kind regards.

  2. Why, thank you, Frances! What a kind comment! I’m far from being as organized as I would like to be, trust me! I keep saying to myself “one of these days”… and perhaps one of these days, I shall be the “ideal” organized person – but flexibility is pretty important, too!

    I enjoy working on my website, and I’d actually like to spend more time working on it – dress it up a bit and add about 100 more stitches to the video library… well… “One of these days!”

    Thank you, Frances! I’m glad you enjoy the site! I’ll try to keep it useful and interesting!

  3. Hello Mary

    I am learning needle work through your website, and I have improved a lot.I like your website a lot and your site is very unusual as you have all videos and designs organised neatly unlike lot of sites who either ask to pay or provide very small designs for namesake.I like the way you explain in your videos.Thanks so much and keep up the good work to teach people like me

  4. good morning dear
    i am teacher i need pattern can you help me for class please sand me a pattern . you’re saith very good ….

  5. This design could easily be used in folkart, especially Kalosca embroidery. If it was done in red thread the petals and then the (pistols)in gold or yellow, I believe that is what it is call, then you would have a typical Hungarian piece. You could use this on a nice blouse or even cotton shirt. You also find this in Ukrainian and Polish art I bet.

  6. This could easily used in folk art especially Polish and Hungarian. I have seen this in many sites. I have also used similar ones for polymer clay embroidery. So this picture can be used on many medias.

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