Welcome to Freebie Friday!
On the second friday of each month, you can enjoy a free pattern to download and stitch based on a specific theme.
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.
The March Birth Flower is the Daffodil.
This symbolizes Spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect and friendship!
I hope you enjoy the pattern…
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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 stabiliser behind my main fabric when stitching.
- DMC Embroidery Floss, in #3820 (main yellow), #3852 (Gold), #702 (Green)
- Frixion Pen for transferring the design.
- Needle and Scissors.
- 5 or 6 inch embroidery hoop
You will also need the Pattern Template…
Daffodil Pattern Template – available from the link at the bottom of this post.
Let’s get stitching…
Firstly, download the pattern (from the link below) and transfer your daffodil on to your fabric.
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 2 Strands #3820, stitch each section of each petal 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 #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.
Complete the Daff by using 2 strands of #702 and stem stitch the stem.
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.
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.
Free Template File for the Daffodil Design…
available from the Stitchdoodles Free Resource Library (link to access at the bottom of this post)