Cattleya Orchid

Nora Creeach 2004

Catteleya Orchid

Among our flowers, the orchid stands out as one of the showiest and rarest of flowers especially during Victorian times when they could only be grown in green houses and conservatories. The genus, Cattleya, produces one of the most unusual flowers in the orchid family. For the Victorian stitchers, the Cattleya orchid represented mature charms.

Materials and supplies:

  • Ribbon 5mm, pale pink organza, 7mm edge-dyed pink and 4mm yellow green
  • Floss yellow green
  • Fabric of your choice. I used a RR block so am not sure of the fabric content.
  • Needles 20 or 22 Chenille and a regular sewing needle
  • Washable or air erasable pen to mark design placement (optional)
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Steps in work:

  1. Make the stems using two strands of the yellow-green floss and a stem stitch.
  2. Whip the main stem with 2 strands of yellow-green floss.
  3. Make the closed-top bud by using 4 mm of yellow-green ribbon in a straight stitch.
  4. The side bud is made as follows: the calyx of the bud with 4mm yellow-green ribbon straight stitch and the bud itself is a 7mm edge-dyed pink silk ribbon placed on the stem.
  5. Make the leaves with the 4mm silk ribbon in straight stitches and bent straight stitches. A single strand of floss will tack the stitch in place.
  6. Use either 5mm organza or 7 mm ribbon to form the main flower by placing 3 straight stitches in an upside down “Y” with a ribbon stitch placed in between the legs of the “Y.”
  7. Finish with the organza or 4 mm ribbon straight stitch in the center of the petals