Let's work on the flowers now.
Use one strand of perle cotton, size 12 unless otherwise noted.
- Return the fabric background to the lightbox, making sure the stems and leaves line up with the layout.
- Remove the paper backing from the flowers and position according to the layout. Pin in place. If you are eyeballing it, lay your bird out too, but remove it before you fuse. We'll work on the bird in the next post.
- Fuse all pieces using steam.
4. Whip stitch all the pieces using thread that matches wool colors.
5. Position small flower petals on each flower using the layout as your guide.
6. Whip stitch in place using matching colored thread.
7. Use a chalk pencil to draw three lines on each flower.
8. Use the same thread used to whip stitch the small flower petal to create a running stitch over each line.
9. Begining with flower A, stitch a lazy daisy stitch on the left side of the flower receptacle using a contrasting green thread.
10. Using the same thread, stitch 5-7 fly stitches along the top of the receptacle. Don't stress if the amount of stitches you make doesn't match. If it looks good to you, don't change it.
11. Make another lazy daisy stitch on the opposite side of the receptacle.
12. Use the same green thread to stitch a line of coral stitches along the bottom of the small flower petal. Bring your needle up about 1/8" from the bottom left side of the flower petal. Pull the thread taut parallel to the bottom edge of the petal. Insert your needle just below the thread about 1/4" to the right of the stitch origin, and up again just above the thread. Wrap the thread around the needle, and while placing your thumb over the wrapped part, pull the needle through. It should look like a small knot. Repeat as needed, ending about 1/8" from the right side of the petal.
13. Draw three curved lines extending from the top of the small flower petal to represent the flower stamens.
14. Use green perle cotton, size 8 to back stitch over the lines.
15.Fuse the anthers on the ends of the stamens.
16. Whip stitch in place with gold thread.
17. Use the perle 8 to make french knots in the center of each anther.
18. Repeat for flowers B and C.
The stems, leaves, and flowers are done! We've used 8 different stitches so far, only 4 to go!
On to Part III.