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The Finished Thistle

By May 15, 2012

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I've completed the embroidery for the Thistle Pattern, which is now ready for you to print and stitch!

This new, free hand embroidery pattern features a thistle flower. The flower is the symbol of Scotland, and has been worked in basic surface embroidery stitches common to crewel embroidery. Like the Autumn Acorn Pattern, this design is round in shape and was inspired by a design carved in an antique wood butter mould.

The thistle is considered a weed to many, but this native European plant also has uses in herbal medicine, are a common seed used in bird feeders, and the blossom is a common component in dried flower arrangements.

To work my version of the thistle flower, I have worked the pattern on evenweave linen fabric in seven colors of embroidery floss.


May 16, 2012 at 10:32 am
(1) Carmen says:

I love patterns that are round, and since my husband is Scottish, I’m going to stitch this for him. Might finish it as a pillow, and use a bluish color rather than the purples. Love the satin stitch under the latticework!

May 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(2) Stitchy Mc Floss says:

I love this!

I was sad to see you go from the needlepoint about dot com, but so glad you are still creating and sharing your beautiful designs with all of us.

I have been wanting to do something stitchy lately, and I think this just might be what I’ve been looking for.

Thanks for the awesome pattern. :)

June 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(3) embroidery says:

Hi Stitchy! Glad you found me over here on the embroidery site. Would love to hear what you’re up to these days.

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