Welcome to this month’s Freebie Friday
The September Birth Flowers are Asters.
Asters are really beautiful and have long been considered an enchanted flower. They symbolise love and patience!
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10 x 10 inch piece of Fabric – I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Ivory.
10 x 10 inch piece of calico (I use this behind my main fabric as a stabiliser)
DMC Embroidery Floss, in colours #3803/#3712 (mauve/pink flowers) and #208/#155 (purple/lilac flowers) #*18 (yellow centres).
Frixion Pen for transferring the design.
Aster Pattern Template – available from the link at the bottom of this post.
Let’s get stitching…
Transfer the design on to your fabric.
I attached my fabric to a 6 inch bar frame for stitching in rather than a hoop – it’s really up to you which you prefer.
I always suggest you start in the centre of a design and work your way outwards but I kept jumping around on this one as I was trying to get the colours looking right!
Stitching the flower Outlines…
this is done with a nice simple split stitch going up one side of a petal to the top and back down the other side. Complete all the petals in the same way. They look a bit scraggy (is that even a word?!) at this point but once you fill the centres of the petals in they look fabulous.
I purposefully wanted my flowers to have a defining outline of each petal. If you prefer a more subtle look you could just keep the colour the same throughout each flower.
Once your flower petal outline is stitched, the centre of each petal is satin stitched.
To complete, using yellow – stitch the centre with lots of French knots.
Continue for each flower to complete the design.
If you stitch these Aster flowers , snap a photo as I’d love to see your creations! You can send me photos at email@example.com and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos!
Free Template Files for the Aster Flower Design…
Get the password for the FREE Resource library with the Aster template file here by filling out this form: