… but is it cheating?
You see, I just love daffodils, and I don’t go outside this time of year without seeing them, and thinking, “Golly. I just love daffodils.” I’ve never embroidered daffodils, and in fact, I’ve never seen them in any needlepainting kits or books… Why not, I ask! The daffodil is the Cheeriest Flower of All! And it is the harbinger of that happy season, Spring! Woe is me! Why hath the poor daffodil been overlooked??!
With such thoughts bouncing around in my head, I began to think of the daffodil as a subject for embroidery. Needle painting, of course! Sure, it could be cross stitched, it could be needlepointed – but needlepainting would do it justice!
I’m not an artist, when it comes to good sketching of realistic things. Oh, yes – I try, but … wow. Never mind! That’s one skill I’d love to have – to be able to sit down, whip out a sketch book, and produce something that looks real, with the correct proportions, shading, and so forth. Some people say it just takes practice. I think it probably takes a wee bit of specialized talent.
So, I jumped online and started looking for images, which brought me to the popular site, How Stuff Works. I don’t get how this fits under the heading of “how stuff works,” but they do have a section on there on “how to draw a ___ in 5 easy steps.”
I bet you’re thinking I sat right down and taught myself to draw a realistic daffodil in five easy steps, right? WRONG!
It’s the finished product on the “how to” pages that caught my eye.
The finished product of the five easy steps is supposed to resemble these daffodils. Well, there they are! I figure you can print out these black and white drawings, make some adjustments if you like, play around a bit with color using pencils or watercolors, then match threads and there’s a good needlepainting project!
Now, to make things really exciting, I started roving through the list of “how to” drawings and found the following plants, flowers, and fruits, all of which would make nice embroidery patterns:
I especially like the grapes, daffodils, tulips, lilies, and strawberries. The cacti scene and the wheat field could be the beginning of a highly textured landscape piece.
All in all, it was a successful search for the daffodil. I’m afraid I probably won’t be paying homage to the chipper little flower any time soon by setting it down in thread, but some day, some day…
I hope you find these drawings useful for your own embroidery projects!