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.