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Winter Splendour – week 3: Poinsettia


Welcome to the ‘Winter Splendour’ Stitch A Long

This Stitch A Long will take place for 10 weeks on the Stitchdoodles blog – Starting Wednesday 12th January 2022 and finishing on Wednesday 16th March 2022.

Each Wednesday during the SAL – a new tutorial will be published on the blog with all the information you need to complete a part of the Winter Splendour Pattern.

If you are not familiar with a Stitchdoodles SAL and this is all new to you and you would like to join in, please go to this page to get all the information.

This week we will be stitching…

The Poinsettia

You will need the following colours…

#934, #816, #3822, #415

Use 2 strands throughout unless stated otherwise.

We will Start by

Stitching the Leaves…

#934: Back stitch up the stem and then Satin Stitch each leaf. I like to outline my leaves in back stitch before filling in with satin stitch.

The shape of the leaves are easier to stitch with a diagonal satin stitch as it tapers into the tip more easily.

Once your leaves are all stitched you can turn your attention to the flower.

Stitching the Flower

#816: The flower is stitched in Split stitch and I did this by first outlining the edge of all the petals in back stitch. I just felt this gave it a more even edge to start from.

Split stitch each petal vertically – start with a line coming down the centre of the petal to the centre circle edge and then fill each side of this bringing the shape inwards as you come to the centre circle. You can see from the 2 petals completed below how I stitched them coming in towards the centre line at the lower half.

Work your way around filling all 5 petals in the same way, it doesn’t matter if there is a bit of overlap in some places – just blend it in so it is not noticeable with a few stitches.

To finish the flower, there is just the centre part left to stitch…

#3822: With just 1 strand stitch the spikes coming out from the centre into the petals.

In the same colour – with 2 strands- stitch several French Knots to fill the circular shape in the centre.

Your flower is all complete!

Now all you need to do is stitch the block outline as follows… #415: Back Stitch around the block edge.

Week 3 is complete, please share your beautiful Poinsettias in the Happy Stitching FB Group or on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.

Week 4 is on the blog Wednesday 2nd February… See you then!

Happy Stitching!

1 Comment

  1. I want to thank you for the wonderful design. I enjoy it very much and the instructions are quite clear even for a beginner like me.
    Just one little question remains: Do you start every line from the border when stitching the petals or do you go back and forth?
    Greetings Sandra

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