Welcome to this month’s Freebie Friday
The May Birth Flower is Lily of the Valley.
Lily of the Valley symbolises happiness, humility and sweetness …
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10 x 10 inch piece of Fabric – I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Sand.
10 x 10 inch piece of calico (I use this behind my main fabric as a stabiliser)
DMC Embroidery Floss, in colours
Frixion Pen for transferring the design.
Lily of the Valley Pattern Template – available from the link at the bottom of this post.
Let’s get stitching…
Once you have the template downloaded (from the link below) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.
Choose your colours. I used DMC stranded embroidery threads – 2 strands for all the stitches. The colours I used are given in the ‘materials required’ list.
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.
In #704, stem stitch the stems for the flowers before you stitch the next leaf otherwise it will be difficult to see them.
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!