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When we first discover Brazilian embroidery, we want to do it ALL - all the flowers, all the floss, all colors and all the stitches. "My Brazilian Fantasy" gives stitchers a chance to select their favorite colors (or use those listed) and spend leisurely time working with easy stitches on an anywhere design: appliqué on a tote or wearable item, framed, or mounted on a gift box or scrapbook.
Design: 4.5” circular
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Amaranthine (pronounced: ama RAN theen): the name means undying, immortal, eternally beautiful. Some of these “Forever Flowers” from my new book include 8 new flowers that will never fade and several different leaf treatments.
Stitch the beautiful coneflower, zinnias, collarette dahlias, fairy candles, tassel flower (amaranthus), weigela, foxtail lily, and sprinkle a few doney balls around.
Many stitches are familiar but new dimensional techniques have been used in different ways to delight and entertain “endlessly”.
Design: 6” x 7” on 12” x 15” fabric
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Look closely at the tiny fairy flowers of London Pride Saxifraga x Urbium and you’ll see a stunningly beautiful flower that grows as a groundcover with a mass of pale pink rosettes. This delicate little design can be stitched on a crazy quilt, wearable item, tote bag or framed and mounted on a CD.
London Pride (saxifraga urbium) is a small pink flower which grew on bomb sites during World War II. During the Blitz, Noel Coward honored it with a defiant song on behalf of all Londoners. The Latin word saxifraga means literally "stone-breaker", from Latin saxum ("rock" or "stone") + frangere ("to break"). It is actually thought to indicate a medicinal use for treatment of kidney stones, rather than breaking rocks apart!
Design: 4” x 4” on 8” x 8” fabric
Since my first book, "My Stamp Collection", has been sold out, I've received requests for more. So I have designed another, all-new stamp collection of 50 flowers. I named it "Forever Flowers" (Millefiori #8015).
Stamp designs from the book (each 1.5" x 1") may be traced onto other fabrics separately, or the stitcher may purchase a fabric print (#8016 "Forever Flowers Print") on black, cream or white fabric.
The book, Forever Flowers retails for $25.00 (plus postage - see below)
Fabric print(s) are $8.00 each.
The book with print(s) will be shipped by USPS priority mail ($6.65 additional). Please order directly from me (email: RWRW@comcast.net - or the website contact address). Check or PayPal are accepted. Canadian and overseas postage rates are higher - please contact me for the amount due.
Canada’s Rose is dedicated it to Canadian teachers of Brazilian embroidery for their wonderful hospitality at a teaching seminar in 1995. The rose is created with running cast-ons stitched in a circle to produce layers of scalloping for petals. It can be a small rose with only two circles of petals or a larger rose with three or four circular rows of cast-ons. The other flowers include valley lilies with a special cast-ons method and asters that are completed with unique lazy daisy stitches. The regular leaf stitch plus a little padding completes the large serrated leaves and the medium-size leaves are stitched with the self-padding raised close herringbone stitch.
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Patience is a virtue, never truer than when one is waiting for the mail. Practice your patience by stitching this rustic mailbox, add a little snail, and complete a garden of heirloom flowers – the hollyhock, clematis, ruffled petunia and Rosalie’s original MilleFlower. With the new picotee butterfly, you’ll find three different ideas that can be used anywhere. --and of course, there’s a little kitten hidden among the flowers, also waiting patiently! When you have finished and framed your design, attach cup hooks at either the bottom or lower front of the frame, hang the finished piece next to your front door and you’ll be ready to collect your snail mail as soon as it is delivered.
The kitten is stitched with an easy version of thread painting. Rosalie’s picot cast-on stitch adapts itself to an original picotee butterfly on this design and you’ll learn how to fill the center space in a looping lazy daisy as well as the fly-stitch/bullion tack combo for the antennae and body. An interesting idea for sttiching realistic hollyhocks is presented, and delightfully simple needleweaving is used for the clematis. You’ll finish your embroidery by stitching ruffled petunias, the MIlleFlower, and a little snail (made with either a bullion rose variation or a little snail charm or bead).
Wearable art, bracelet or cuff, or small framed print – this design and two additional “Wear Your Heart” designs, each sold separately, are available in .pdf file format only with full-color instructions and traceable pattern for transferring to the fabric of your choice. A stitch guide and finishing suggestions are included with all Millefiori designs. This is an intermediate-advanced level Brazilian embroidery design.
Please note: The three Millefiori designs #954 (a, b and c) "Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve" are now offered as one pdf file. All three designs and traceable patterns for all are included in 21 pages of instruction, diagrams and photos. This is a pdf file and the cost for all is $15 (no postage). The file will be emailed to you on receipt of payment via PayPal. You can bypass the shopping cart (which automatically adds postage) to do this: just send the $15 by PayPal, and I'll email the design to you right away. Thanks!!
A cast-on mum and a shooting star made with “beads on a string” can be stitched in autumn colors or lively pastels to present an entirely different design.
Design: 1½” x 8”
Design now out of stock. How many ways can one make a lazy daisy stitch? Let us count the ways.
An elegant dynasty of noble midsummer-blooming flowers graces this Brazilian dimensional embroidery design. Attending the regal Queen Anne’s Lace are her royal court – two spectacular Duchess Dahlias, heirloom Esther Reed/Shasta Daisies and a lovely Princess Flower. ‘Royal Velvet’ Crepe Myrtle and delightful Daisy Maiden Flowers dance through the design as Maidenhair and Lady Ferns hover in the background.
Several variations of the ever-popular lazy daisy stitch are used for both flowers and leaves. In addition to the traditionallazy daisy, other techniques include the reverse lazy daisy, side fly stitch leaf, one-step leaf and stem, lazy satin daisy, and the Brazilian or two-step lazy daisy. A stitch guide and finishing suggestions are included with all Millefiori designs. This intermediate-advanced level design is perfect for class teaching.
Design: 6½” x 8½”