Embroidered Lilac Art

By  Irene Junkuhn  for  Rajmahal

size of stitched area: 7"x7"

  • Embroidered Lilac Art


  • Fabrics: delustered satin or satin-backed shantung, 14-1/4”x14-1/4”; cotton or muslin backing, 7”x7”; white felt, 4”x4”
  • Rajmahal Art Silk Threads: Dainty Lilac (111), Purple Dusk (113), Imperial Purple (115), Aquamarine (133), Gentle Magenta (181); Sadi Threads, Silver Pearl, Silver Smooth, Gold/Silver Twirl, Silver Twist; Silver Rajcord; Handsew Metal Thread, Silver, Gold
  • Beads: lilac, 10mm; lilac 3mm, four; pearl, 3mm, 50; fuchsia seed, 11/0, 170; purple seed, 0, 110
  • Pink sequins, 28


  • Needles: crewel, size 9; chenille, size 20

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, embroidery hoop, tape, iron with pressing surface and cloth, strong sewing thread

Pattern - Embroidered Lilac Art

  • Note
  • 1. Stitch Art Silk embroidery first then Sadi metal threads. Two strands of Art Silk and one strand of Sadi metal thread is used unless noted otherwise. Stretch Silver Pearl Sadi gently so couching stitches will slip in between.
  • Lilac Art
  • 1. Print out full-size patterns. Transfer design onto fabric. Secure fabric to backing with large stitches across center. Position fabrics in hoop and tighten, pulling fabric taut. Cut carnation bases and stems and tulip center leaves from felt. Print and use Placement Diagram as reference throughout.
  • 2. For center flower, outline petals using 115 Imperial Purple and split stitch; fill area with satin stitch. Attach large lilac bead on center of design. Bring needle as close to bead as possible; thread on 13 pearl beads. Loop pearls around large lilac bead; take needle to back of work. Secure pearl beads by stitching over surface.
  • 3. For center square, work trellis stitch using 113 Purple Dusk and 133 Aquamarine, taking thread across entire square. Stitch 113 Purple Dusk crosses where threads intersect. Work four 113 Purple Dusk lazy daisy stitches in each square. Attach pearls and fuchsia beads. Outline square using Silver Twist thread, couching with Silver Handsew thread every 3/16". Stroke twist to keep as straight as possible.
  • 4. Attach pink sequins between each petal on center flower; secure with fuchsia beads. Attach four pink sequins around square, securing with lilac bead. Attach pink sequin to center of each Silver cording loop, securing with fuchsia bead. Attach pink sequin to center of each carnation petals, securing with fuchsia bead.
  • 5. Thread chenille needle with Silver cording. Make knot; bring needle and cord to front. Couch along curved line every 3/16" using Silver Handsew thread.
  • 6. Outline pink carnation petals 181 Gentle Magenta using split stitch. Fill in areas with long and short stitches. Fill in diamond shapes on each petal 111 Dainty Lilac using satin stitch. Cut six 1/2" Silver Smooth lengths; attach in between each petal using Silver Handsew thread and straight stitch. Attach felt carnation bases using small couching stitches, beginning with smallest piece and ending with largest. Satin stitch over felt using 113 Purple Dusk. Work trellis stitch over satin stitch using 115 Imperial Purple. Attach felt stem below flower base using small couching stitches. Satin stitch over felt using 133 Aquamarine. Outline stem with stretched Silver Pearl couched with Silver Handsew thread. Split stitch outline on leaves using 133 Aquamarine; fill in centers using satin stitch. Whip backstitch stems using 133 Aquamarine. Whip backstitch trailing vine using 113 Purple Dusk.
  • 7. Stitch diamond shapes across tulip's center using 115 Imperial Purple and trellis stitch. Attach purple bead in each diamond. Fill in center top of flower using 115 Imperial Purple and satin stitch. Stitch stamens over centers using Gold Handsew thread and attach fuchsia bead at each tip. Outline two petals on either side of center using two strands 113 Purple Dusk and and split stitch; fill in with satin stitch. Satin stitch two lower petals using 115 Imperial Purple and two outer petals 111 Dainty Lilac. Satin stitch loose teardrop-shaped petals using 111 Dainty Lilac. Attach felt leaves with small couching stitches on edges. Cover Satin stitch leaves using 133 Aquamarine; add center vein line with straight stitches on either side. Satin stitch other leaves and whip backstitch stem using 133 Aquamarine.
  • 8. Measure and cut eight 2" lengths of twirl thread; couch with Silver Handsew thread to straight line sections. Measure and cut twirl thread for curved sections; couch onto curved lines using Silver Handsew thread. Trim.
  • 9. Beginning inside center square corner, slide seven fuchsia beads and one pink sequin (threaded through back) onto needle with strong sewing thread. Take needle over square's corner, placing needle two bead lengths away from corner, leaving space for sequin to lie flat. Take needle to back of work under sequin. Move beads left of line and bring needle up on right side of line above sequin, next to square's corner. Repeat process, bringing needle into fabric on line on right side just below first sequin, ensuring sequins lie flat. Keep needle on right of row of beads. Repeat for total of three sequins, ending with seven seed beads.
  • 10. Remove fabric from hoop. Press. Finish as desired.
  • Tip
  • 1. Winding and separating Rajmahal thread is similar to using any other stranded thread. As with all threads, it is preferable to wind skeins onto card base rather than pull thread from the skein.