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:
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!