Over a year ago, I began a calendar project (you can read a little more about it here.) The calendar featured hand embroidered seasonal wildflowers for each month, with the intention that it would encourage people to spend more time outside and focus on spotting the flowers.
I've tried to emulate the same intention in The Weekly Flower Thing. Each week, I will choose a wildflower that is currently in bloom (in the UK), sharing photos and information about the flower on my Instagram stories with the hope that people might be able to spot it out and about. Alongside this, I'm hoping it might prompt some creativity and I'm going to try and film an embroidery tutorial for each week/flower.
This week I chose Celandine. It's a small yellow flower, usually with 8 petals, and can be found covering the ground underneath trees and in other shadowy areas. The leaves look a little like lily pads!
My first attempt at a botanical embroidery tutorial started well... but unfortunately the video cut out half way through and so I had to bodge job a recap of the final few stitches. You can view the video below, or follow the instructions underneath.
If this is your first time doing hand embroidery, I would advise following this tutorial first to get the basics before trying botanical embroidery which is a little trickier!
Draw a small , symmetrical eight point star. This will help to form the shape of your flower. Using the star as a guide, draw your rounded petals.
Using a small needle and one strand of a bright yellow coloured thread, begin filling the petals with long and short stitch. Leave a small section of each petal empty to allow for shading with a darker yellow, as seen on the flower below.
Once you have filled each petal with your bright yellow, swap to one strand of a slightly darker yellow to continue the long and short stitch into the very centre of the flower. Avoid finishing all stitches in one hole at the very centre (because otherwise it can end up looking like a bum hole!)
Once the petals have been finished, take one strand of a very light green thread and make a handful of French knots in the centre of the flower. For this, I wrapped my thread around the needle 3 times per knot.
Finally, I used two strands of another shade of yellow to create the stamen of the flower with single stitches, starting just outside of the French knots and finishing about where the bright yellow stitches start.
Hopefully these instructions are clear enough, but apologies if not as this is my first time attempting to share how I do botanical embroidery. I promise this will likely improve week on week!
If you create your own Celandine embroidery, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram @deliciousmonstertea.