Hope you're ready for part 2 of the stitch-a-long. For the flowers on the birdhouse I used buttonhole cast-on stitches. They are a Brazilan embroidery stitch. Search and you'll find videos and other directions online if you don't know how to do it, or just make whatever you like. If you need part 1 look for it in June listings. Here we go ...
For the Birds & Bees
DMC embroidery floss in your choice of colors
I made 2 versions of the design.
For the large one I used 3 shades of green , 2 shades of pink, black, and white
For the small version I used 3 shades of green, yellow, pink, and white
Seed beads - clear, yellow, or some to match your flowers
you can skip this or just use all clear beads
black - for the bees
Embroidery hoop - I used a 5” for the small version and a 7” for the larger one
matching sewing thread and needle
small buttons or e size beads for the circles around the border swirls
The stitches you need to know-
I don’t give directions on how to make the embroidery stitches. There are many books, web sites, and videos where you can learn how to make them if you are a beginner.
buttonhole cast-on stitch - birdhouse flowers
straight stitch - vines on birdhouse
stem stitch - flowers on hive
feather stitch - flowers on hive
French knots - all flowers (I usually make 3 wraps)
lazy daisy - leaves on birdhouse and on the flowers to left of the hive
back stitch - the outside frame
1. I use a round hoop, but stretcher bars would be great, too. No hoop marks.
Don’t leave the fabric in the hoop if you don’t do all the embroidery at one time. This can make the hoop marks harder to iron out and stretch the fabric.
2. I used DMC floss because it’s what I have. Have fun with the pattern and do what you like. I used colors that matched the fabric I’ll be using to make a tote bag I plan on attaching the 2 embroidered pieces to.
3. I’m using a different shade of green for each type of flower.
4. If you don’t want to do the buttonhole cast-on stitch for the flowers on the birdhouse make simple lazy daisy flowers. The buttonhole cast-on is a Brazilian embroidery stitch. If you need to search for how to make it try adding Brazilian to the name.
5. The circles around the swirls of the border can be filled in with french knots, beads. or tiny buttons. Make flowers over them or add flower shaped beads here.
Let’s Get Started!
The drawings shown here are just to give you an idea of where to stitch. You don’t have to follow them at all. Have fun and “grow your own garden” :) Let’s start with the birdhouse.
1. Using 4 strands of green floss stitch lines up the pole and around the house for the large version and 3 for the small.
This is the base for your flowers and leaves.
2. I used a buttonhole cast-on stitch for the morning glories. Lazy daisy stitches would make it look like clematis vine. Bullion stitch roses would be really pretty, too.
If you’ve never done any Brazilian embroidery you may not know that to make the wraps/cast-ons it’s best to use a long needle that’s the same diameter from the eye to almost the tip. I use milliner's needles.
For the large version I used all 6 strands of floss and for the small I used 3.
Look at the full picture to see that I didn’t make the flowers all the way to the bottom. There I did French knots.
3. After making as many flowers as I wanted I added lazy daisy leaves. These aren’t regular lazy daisy stitches. Instead of a tiny stitch at the top, I made a french knot. I also added a straight line down the center to fill in all that where too open.
I used 3 strands of floss for both sizes.
4. I then filled in along the vine and with the flowers more french knots in green and pink/yellow.
Finally I added clear beads. The reason for clear ones is that they look a little like dew drops. Only the pink version has the beads.
Now to work around the hive.
5. Start with the small flowers to the right. I used the same amount of floss strands for both versions.
Using 3 strands of green floss make feather stitch stems. Make them straight or do them with a curve.
6. For the flowers and leaves I used 3 strands of floss to make french knots with 4 - 6 wraps. You could do small lazy daisy stitches to turn them into a cluster of daisies.
Add seed beads if you want them. The large version has them, the small doesn’t.
7. For the large “bush” of flowers to the left of the hive I used 3 strands of floss for both versions to stem stitch the stems.
Cover as much of the hive as you want. I went over the border line at the side but you don’t have to. That’s the best part of not having the lines on the pattern. You have a choice of where you want your flowers, how large they will be, and even easily change the kind of stitches you want to use.
8. Along the stems I made fly stitches where I wanted flowers.
9. In the bottom of each fly stitch I made a french knot using 3 strands of pink floss for both versions.
10. Using 2 or 3 strands of green floss make lazy daisy leaves along the stems.
11. To make the tiny bees you need 3 - 4 strands of white floss to make 2 lazy daisy stitches like this drawing shows.
Sew a black seed bead in the center for the larger version and a French knot for the smaller one..
A note about the black beads I used. They came from a mix of beads with tints of yellow (which I used), pink, purple, blue, and green
I only made 5 bees but make as many as you want.
12. Lastly is the border.
I used 4 strands of floss to back stitch along the lines.
For the large version I used black floss for the stitching and small black pearls over the circles.
For the small version I used green floss and tiny doll buttons.
Instead of covering each circle with a buttons I did some large French knots. I also added a button where there was no circle just because I liked it there :)
I used a software program to draw this design. The frame was a simple rounded corner square with a curly font for the corners.
Please consider the drawing and directions copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages with the directions.
This is NOT a copyright free design.
Look for part 1 in the June stitch-a-long post!
©Billie Jo Heisler 2019
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