Field of Flowers Pillow
- Pearl Linen natural 28-count fabric (Zweigart), 13”x17”
- Coordinating fabric (pillow back), 13”x17”
- #30 Stabilizer (Pellon), 13”x17”
- Silk Ribbon (YLI), 4mm: Black (004); Orange (017); Med. Olive Leaf (020); Grass Green (060); Lt. Citrus Green (094); Yellow (120); Hot Pink (123); Orange (174)
- 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Black (310); Bright Chartreuse (704); Lt. Topaz (726); Pine Green (3364)
- Sewing thread: orange; hot pink; green (match flower stems); tan (match fabric)
- Chenille needles: #22; #24
- Soft Touch pillow insert (Fairfield), 12”x16”
- Quilter’s Tape (Dritz), 1/4”
- White tissue paper
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Iron and pressing board
- Helpful Tips
- 1. Basting Thread: Leaving a loose tail (do not knot), run basting thread between interfacing and fabric to begin and end thread. Remove basting thread with tweezers when pattern stitches are in place.
- 2. Silk Ribbon: Thread silk ribbon into eye of needle and secure silk next to needle’s eye (Fig. 1). Once ribbon is secure in needle, begin first stitch leaving a tail of loose silk on backside of fabric. When first stitch is completed, pierce tail sliding needle back through silk tail on backside of fabric to secure. To end silk ribbon carefully, thread silk through another piece of silk on the backside. (see photos)
- 3. Sloppy French Knot: Wrap silk for floss loosely around the needle, pull the needle to backside leaving a loose sloppy knot.
- 4. Needles: Use #24 chenille needle for basting and embroidery threads, and #22 chenille needle for silk work.
- 5. Flowers: Start with center orange flower working outward on each side.
- 1. Place quilter’s tape on edge of linen piece.
- 2. Print and cut out patterns. Trace flowers onto stabilizer starting approximately 1-3/4” from bottom edge and 1-1/2” from left side. Trace orange flower pattern alternating with pink flower evenly spaced. See photo.
- 3. Place stabilizer traced side down on wrong side of linen. Baste fabrics together along outer edges. Working from backside baste pattern onto front side of linen. Using sewing thread, baste: orange for orange flower and pink for pink flower; place long straight line down center of each petal. For green stems, baste along line and leaves and place a straight stitch in center of each leaf. Do not baste flower centers.
- 4. For orange flower, use Orange (174) ribbon to straight stitch (Fig. 2) flower petals. Place first stitch straight down middle of petal covering basing thread. Place a slightly shorter straight stitch on each side of center petal stitch. Use Yellow (120) ribbon and sloppy French knot (Fig. 3) for flower center, loosely wrapping each knot twice. Use traced dots on back of stabilizer as a guide. Use Grass Green (060) ribbon to stem stitch (Fig. 4) stem. Use Lt. Citrus Green (094) ribbon and Japanese stitch (Fig. 5) to work leaves. Use Bright Chartreuses floss to straight stitch a vein down center of each leaf. (see photos)
- 5. Use Hot Pink (123) ribbon and lazy daisy variation stitch (Fig. 6) for pink flowers. Place a lazy daisy then straight stitch down middle of each daisy. (Note: If no fabric is showing it is not necessary to place straight stitch.) Use four strands of Lt. Topaz floss and sloppy French knot wrapped three times for flower center. Use traced dots on back of stabilizer as a guide. Use Med. Olive Leaf (020) ribbon to stem stitch stem. Use three strands of Pine Green floss to stem stitch branches. Work leaves on branches using a short straight stitch. (see photos)
- 6. Trace each butterfly on a small piece of tissue paper. Trim tissue within 1/8” of butterflies. Use photo as butterfly placement guide. Use quilter’s tape to tape tissue flat against front of fabric. For smaller butterfly, be sure tip of legs are next to flower petal. Use Orange (017) ribbon to straight stitch (Fig. 2) wings, working stitches through tissue paper. Use Black silk ribbon to place straight stitch for body and a French knot (Fig. 3) wrapped three times for head. Use one strand of Black floss and straight stitch for antennae, and place a French knot wrapped twice at end of each. When butterflies are stitched, gently pull away tissue paper. Use tweezers to lift away any remaining tissue. Quick Tip: If black silk body doesn’t lay flat, use one strand black floss and tack on each side near center of body. (see photos)
- 7. Remove any visible basting thread.
- 8. Using 1/2” seam allowance machine sew pillow front to back with right sides together, leaving an 8” opening along bottom of pillow. Clip corners and turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form and slip stitch opening closed.
by Linda Wyszynski