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The lilac with its large clusters of fragrant blossoms in purple or white represents spring’s arrival in many parts of the country. In the Victorian list of flowers and their meanings, the lilac has three separate entries. In general the lilac stands for first love and the joy of youth. A more specialized meaning for the purple lilac is the first emotions of love. The while lilac was used to express youthful innocence, purity, modesty, virginity, and majesty. Using a lilac in our designs provides a beautiful cluster of flowers in either white or purple.

Materials and supplies:

  • Silk Ribbon: 4 mm on many shades of lavender to purple for flowers, 4mm varigated green for the leaves
  • Fabric of your choice. I placed my lilacs on a RR block done in
  • Needles: No. 22 chenille for the silk ribbon embroidery
  • Washable or air erasable marking pen to sketch in your design or to make scant marks for the design placement (optional)
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Steps in work:

  1. Use Lazy Daisy stitches to form the lilac cluster with a variety of five to seven shades of lavender and purple 4 mm silk ribbon.
  2. Make the cluster wider at the top than at the bottom.
  3. Intersperse the leaves among the flower blossoms by using the green silk ribbon in a Japanese ribbon stitch.

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