Rissa Peace Root 2004

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The magnolia is the state flower for two states, Mississippi and Louisiana.  It is one of the toughest to recreate in silk ribbon, but since I live in Mississippi, I had to figure out a way to do one that looked passable. 

After piecing the block, I rubber stamped an image of a magnolia on to the fabric using water erasable ink. The stamp was used as a reference for petal placement and size.  I started with the green and then used the cream, placing a Japanese Ribbon Stitch over the leaves and petals, starting on the outside and working my way inward.  Then I used a bullion stitch for the branch and a French knot to finish the center.  Afterward I went over the design with a wet Q-Tip to pick up any stray traces of the water erasable ink.

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