Nora Creeach 2004

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Tulips, a member of the lily family, announce the arrival of spring in many parts of the world. In Victorian times, the color of the tulip affected the meaning of this bright little flower. For example, a red tulip became a declaration of love. By contrast, the yellow tulip expressed a hopeless love. If tulips were stitched in a variety of colors, they announced that the recipient had beautiful eyes (at least in the opinion of the person doing the embroidery work). A lot can be said with the flowers we use in our designs.

Materials and Supplies:

  • Silk Ribbon 4 mm and 7 mm in colors to fit your design or meaning. I used a dark red 13 mm organza ribbon for the blossom and 7mm dark green silk ribbon for the stem and leaves.
  • Sewing thread in dark green to hold the bent leaf
  • Fabric of your choice. I added mine to a black block in a RR but am not sure of the fabric content.
  • Needles Chenille # 20 or #22 and regular sewing needle Because of the size of the organza I used a size 18 needle for the blossom.
  • Washable or air erasable pen to sketch in flower placement (optional)
  • Embroidery hoop (optional) I use a hoop.

Steps in Work:

  1. All stitches come up in the same place at the base of the flower.
  2. The tulip begins with a single straight stitch in the center (picture 1).
  3. The next stitch is a side ribbon stitch to the left followed by a side ribbon stitch to the right. (picture 2 & 3)
  4. The final stitch is a ribbon stitch in the center slightly shorter than the straight stitch. (picture 4)
  5. Note: For a fuller blossom, add an additional side ribbon stitch to each side before adding the final ribbon stitch in the center. (repeat of picture 2 & 3)
  6. Make the stem using a twisted straight stitch.
  7. Create the leaves with a variety of ribbon stitches, bent ribbon stitches and twisted ribbon stitches. I made one of each but mix and match as you like.
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