Welcome to June’s Friday Freebie Pattern. Following on with the chosen theme of Birth Flowers, the pattern for June is the Honeysuckle flower.
Honeysuckle flowers symbolise Happiness, Sweetness and Devotion (apparently!) so a perfect choice for this time of year!
Honeysuckle Pattern Template Download
Once you have the template downloaded (from the link above) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.
I used Robert Kauffman Essex Linen in Linen color.
Next you need to decide what colour you would like your flower to be. I had a gorgeous thread from Cottage Garden Threads which I purchased recently and this was the perfect excuse to try it out.
The thread was a stranded variegated cotton in a color called ‘Apricot Ice’. It stitched up beautifully as it was really soft and the colour variations were nice and even throughout. I used 2 strands for the petals. If you have DMC stranded cotton then 2 strands would stitch up the same as this thread.
The petals are all stitched in Long and Short stitch (also called needlepainting). Start from the bottom of each petal and work upwards filling in the shape as you go.
Once all the petals are stitched, using a light green, brick stitch vertically up the stem to fill.
The leaf is stitched in a dark green with Fishbone stitch. It would look equally nice in fly stitch or another of your choice.
This honeysuckle flower is a really simple and quick stitch for this months flower and would lend itself to so many colours – enjoy!