This March I am kicking off a new regular feature on the Blog called ‘Freebie Friday’! Every second Friday of each month,I will be posting a free pattern for you to download and stitch. The theme for 2019 will be…
Birth Month Flowers!
So many people (including myself) love to stitch flowers so I was fascinated to find out that each month has a flower that symbolizes the month of somebody’s birth. Supposedly the characteristics that the flower has may be “inherited” by whomever is born in that certain month and these flowers are referred to as Birth Month Flowers.
So, with that I have decided to make a flower for each month of the year and make this a Freebie Friday pattern for you to enjoy as well.
The March Birth Flower is the Daffodil. This symbolizes Spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect and friendship!
I hope you enjoy the pattern…
Firstly, download the pattern from the link above and transfer your daffodil on to your fabric – I traced the template on to some Robert Kaufman Kona cotton using a frixion pen.
I made a few directional lines within the petals to help me when stitching and used long and short stitch (also known as needle painting) throughout the flower
Using DMC 3820 – 2 strands, each section of each petal is stitched individually so that you don’t lose the lines that add the detail. I found since I was using the same colour throughout, I needed to add the lines in as I went so that I didn’t lose sight of where they were!
For the outline details I used DMC 3852 (2 strands) and the lines were stitched with split stitch.
Make your way around the whole flower, filling in the petals with long and short stitch and then split stitching the lines to define the areas.
Once the whole flower is done you can split stitch the outer edge as well to finish.
Stem stitch the green with DMC 702 (2 strands).
Of course, Daffodils come in an array of different yellows or whites or a mix of both so experiment with different colours for different effects.
For those of you who would rather not do Needle Painting, or would like a quicker project perhaps for a Mothers Day card or gift – here’s an alternative version…
For this one I used a Bright yellow cotton I had in my stash ( I think it is Robert Kaufman Kona but can’t be sure, its definately very bright!)
Thread used is a Pearl cotton size 8 in a yellow and brown and a tiny bit of green. Starting with the yellow, I straight stitched small areas of each petal just to give some highlights. Then with the brown all the lines were back stitched. Finally the stem was back stitched as well.
This was really simple and quick but very pretty when finished, here’s a close up…
If you enjoy stitching up some daffs of your own, send some pictures to me as I would love to see your creations or you can tag me in on instagram with @stitchdoodlesdesign.
Next Months freebie friday will be either a Daisy or a Sweet Pea – I haven’t decided yet so if you have a preference let me know!