Welcome to this month’s freebie Friday.
The June Birth Flower is the Honeysuckle flower.
Honeysuckle flowers symbolise Happiness, Sweetness and Devotion (apparently!) so a perfect choice for this time of year!
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10 x 10 inch piece of Fabric – I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Linen.
10 x 10 inch piece of calico (I use this behind my main fabric as a stabiliser)
DMC Embroidery Floss, in colours of your choice.
Frixion Pen for transferring the design.
Honeysuckle Pattern Template – available from the link at the bottom of this post.
First 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.
Once you have the template downloaded (from the link below) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.
Choose your colour…
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.
Let’s get stitching…
The Flower Petals…
Stitched with Long and Short Stitch from the centre outwards.
Choose a nice bright green and brick stitch the stem.
Fishbone stitch in dark green.
Embroidery Stitch Ideas
If you need some inspiration or a bit of a ‘How To’ for different stitches, you can take a look at my Hand Embroidery Stitch Guide to get you started.
If you are more of a visual learner, there is a FREE Beginner Hand Embroidery course run by Charles and Elin which you can access here.
If you like to learn through books then the ones I personally recommend as I have them myself and have found them invaluable and easy to follow are The Embroidery Stitch Bible and The RSN Book of Embroidery.
If you stitch a Honeysuckle flower, snap a photo as I’d love to see your creations! You can send me photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos!
Free Template Files for the Honeysuckle Flower Design…
Get the password for the FREE Resource library with the Honeysuckle template file here by filling out this form: