Today’s wool flower from our Circle Sampler series takes on a cooler contrast compared to the last applique circle featuring a warmer palette in last month’s blog post.

If you are new to our blog (welcome!), we have been featuring a variety of different floral wool applique designs, using bright colours, different stitching techniques and of course, perle cotton hand-dyed threads from Colour Complements. The circle sampler was inspired by Sue Spargo’s Toned-Down Circle Sampler originally offered in the spring of 2020.  Kathleen designed and stitched this circle sampler.  In contrast to using muted shades, Kathleen’s circle sampler celebrates the colourful season!  So naturally, lots of bold, bright and vibrant colours were used in each circle.   

If you look closely, we also had fun using different materials to give this circle some depth and detail.

Here is how we achieved the design for this wool flower:

The flower (2 ½ inch diameter) is bordered with back stitch in Colour #162 in size 5 perle. Because this particular design incorporated cooler shades, we wanted to give the design a bit more “pop” by embellishing the outer edge with beads.  The center blue circle (3/4 inch diameter) is bordered with backstitch in the same colour whipped with Colour #60 (a beautiful pale tan/yellow). Lastly, we used Pistil stitch to embellish the middle flower (2 inch diameter) using Size 8 perle cotton, Colour #162.

We’re delighted with the outcome! This beautiful wool flower features cool shades of pastel and jade greens and is complemented by a touch of sky blue.

The design and colour selection reminds me of Love-in-a-Mist wildflowers that grow in the South of Europe!

If you are looking to create your own wool flower applique, here are more details:

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

More circles will be featured on the blog.  We hope we have provided enough details and inspiration to date to draw from so you can join us and make your own Circle Sampler!  Do not be afraid to play around with different colours, stitching techniques and materials. There’s lots of magic and fun to be had when you experiment with circles.

If you are interested in creating your own Circle Sampler, don’t forget to shop for threads on my site! AND remember you can view all the circles in the series categories – wool applique – circle sampler

Thank you Kathleen.

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