It’s only fitting our third circle features a beautiful Spring-inspired flower applique!

If you have been following this project, we’re creating and stitching our own circle sampler, with some inspiration drawn from Sue Spargo’s Toned Down Circle Sampler that was introduced last March. It was a fun stitch along at that time and I believe is now available as a pattern. 

My friend Kathleen was inspired to create a different version of the project selecting her own stitches and ideas. The flower applique featured today reminds me of Spring.

Here ia how this beautiful Spring Flower Applique was stitched

The background flower is yellow hand-dyed wool measuring 2 ½ inches bordered with coral stitch in size 5 Perle Colour #61 and accented with fly stitch in size 5 Perle cotton Colour #51.  This yellow background is beautifully contrasted with a pastel green wool circle (measures 1 ½ inches in diameter), bordered with cast-on bullion knots using size 5 Perle cotton Colour #50.

 If you look closely, the circle demonstrates some lovely cross-hatching accented with colonial knots in a size 5 Perle cotton colour #50.  Cross-hatching is incredibly versatile in any needlework project. I personally like to use cross-hatching in my crazy quilting – it is a simple technique and can be quite effective. 

Here’s another refresher about the details of our circle sampler:

  • The sampler measures 14 ½ inches wide by 18 inches long – a fat quarter works!
  • hand-dyed wool for the background which is a pastel yellow and a variety of colours for the circles
  • features Colour Complements Perle cottons
  • there are a total of 30 circles

If you are not familiar with any of the stitches there a variety of books for resources. You might want to check out NeedleNThread as Mary also features videos demonstrating stitches.  That’s it for today.  Circle #4 will be featured next on our blog! Thank you Kathleen.

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