Welcome to the December Freebie Friday Hand Embroidery Pattern
The December Birth Flower is the Narcissus Flower.
Narcissus are elegant and beautiful flowers that symbolize good wishes, faithfulness and respect. They are one of the earliest bulbs to sprout and due to this also symbolize rebirth and renewal.
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- Fabric – 10×10 inch ( a 100% cotton is a great choice for a lot of embroidery.)
- Calico – I use this as a stabilizer behind my main fabric when stitching.
- DMC Embroidery Floss, in colours #783 yellow gold, #3853 orange, #3865 white, #704 light green, #904 dark green
- Frixion Pen for transferring the design.
- Needle and Scissors.
- 5 or 6 inch embroidery hoop
You will also need the Pattern Template…
Narcissus Pattern Template – you will need to access the FREE Template Download from my Pattern Resource Library – you can access this through the link at the bottom of this post.
Trace the hand embroidery design on to your fabric – pop in an embroidery hoop and get stitching…
I used 2 strands of embroidery floss for all stitching.
The Flower Heads…
In #783, satin stitch the center of the larger flower.
#783 satin stitch the center of the smaller flower and the base of the trumpet shaped cup.
The edges of the trumpet shaped cup on both of the flowers are stitched in French Knots using #3853 Orange.
In #3865 white, Back Stitch around each of the petal shapes and then fill the petals in with brick stitch, working your way around all of the petals to complete each flower.
The Stems and Leaves…
The 2 stems that extend out from the base of each flower are stitched in #904 Stem Stitch.
The 4 Leaves are stitched in #704 Brick Stitch.
A couple of Tips…
- Brick stitch is a lot easier to fill a shape if you go up the center of the shape first and then work outwards on each side to fill the space.
- Using a black fabric gives a nice contrast for the white flowers.
- When filling in the petals – don’t go right up to the edge – this gives a little black outline from the fabric behind which helps to define each petal.
- You may decide not to fill the petals as they look beautiful with just the back stitch outline.
And that’s all there is to it! This is a nice simple design to stitch and would look great as a card, or a gift for Christmas.
I really hope you enjoy stitching these beautiful Narcissus and would love to see how your finished flowers turn out.
If you would like to know how to mount your finished embroidery on a canvas board like those in this photo… check out the post here.
You can send me photos at email@example.com and I will include them here with your permission.
Want to download the Free Template for the Narcissus Flower Design…
Get the password for the FREE Resource library with the Narcissus template file here by filling out this form: