Welcome to May’s Friday Freebie Pattern. Following on with the chosen theme of Birth Flowers, the pattern for May is Lily of the Valley.
Lily of the Valley symbolises happiness, humility and sweetness …
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 Sand.
Choose your colours. I used DMC stranded threads – 2 strands for all the stitches in the following colours …
For the 3 large leaves, I used 1 strand of #699 plus 1 strand of #3345 to give a variegated look to the leaf. Thread up your needle with the 2 different colours (1 strand of each).
I Stitched the leaves with Brick Stitch. Starting in the centre of the first leaf – Brick stitch a line all the way up from the bottom to the top of the leaf so you have a good starting point. Then continue to fill in the leaf with brick stitch working from your centre line outwards on each side.
Before you stitch the middle leaf, using #704, stem stitch the stems for the flowers otherwise your brick stitch will cover them up.
The best order for stitching the individual parts where they overlap each other is Main Leaf, then green stems, then white flowers.
Here’s a nice close up for you with stitch and colour guide for each part of the flower…
Finally, I decided to Back stitch a line in black where the leaves meet so they could be distinguished from one another ( if preferred, leave this step out.)
So there you have it, frame as desired, sit back and admire!
Show me how you get on if you decide to stitch some of these flowers for yourself.