Designs by Millefiori
Softest pastels in pink, yellow and blue frame the fragrant Rosa ballerina, a musk rose with clusters of single, five-petal flowers edged in a darker shade of pink, and nestled in surrounding blanket-stitched leaves. The heart of the rose is stitched with Rosalie’s original “snowball” technique and a drizzle variation for the stamens is credited to B.E. Designer/Instructor Loretta Holzberger for a technique she developed.
Design: 6” circular - Reduced Price!
It’s wonderful to have lots of arms and legs. Think of the stitching you can do! This Crazy-Lace Octopus, Olivia, has put each of her eight arms to good use, embellishing her personal ‘wearable” with crazy patch stitches and lacy petticoats that peek from beneath her hemline. After she does her hair and dons her pearls, she decorates her undersea home with elegant Brazilian dimensional embroidery stitches. A Floss Tail Fish is made with Fluffy Ruffles, two versions of the drizzle and Millefiori’s original Piggyback Cast-on.
Seaweed waves in undersea breezes and spiraling folded drizzle sponges offer shade for a simply-stitched oyster, the source of her pearls. Sea anemones, ruffled starfish, a conch shell and “Stretch, the SeaSnail” pause to admire her artistry, which features variations of the rolled rose, needle woven bullions, Star-fill, feathers, fishies and fishing flies.
Olivia has a friend, a companion print named Claudia, the Calico Crab (Millefiori #972). Both designs have some stitches and features in common, yet both are quite different. One similarity, though, is those little jellyfish. Olivia’s jellyfish is Jill Jellyfish (…and Claudia’s jellyfish is named Jack Jellyfish). Jill is stitched in pink and lavender with new twisty folded drizzle tentacles and automatic couching. Her petticoats are running cast-on stitches and she is wearing her diamond earrings and tiara.
A stitch guide and finishing suggestions are included with all Millefiori designs. This is an intermediate-advanced level Brazilian embroidery design.
Design: 7” x 9”
Who would have thought it? A crafty crab with crafting skills!! Claudia, our little CQ cutie, sidles along the seafloor, bringing her embroidery along as she embellishes her own garb with the Rosebud Knot, Sand Tulips, Sunny Susan, bright-eyed Swimmy Fish and interesting, simple crazy quilt border stitches.
When Claudia’s not stitching conch shells, starfish and Bouclé barnacles, she sashays across the seafloor sideways to dine on pasta coral. New stitch-techniques complete manicotti, mostacholi and mac-and-cheese munchies garnished with pearls and gold charlotte seed beads, all served with a side order of two cleverly-stitched, realistic clams. Claudia’s dining room curtains are decorated with waving, bead-embellished sea grass and RM Couching.
Claudia is not alone in her watery wonderland of stitch delights. Just above her and almost hidden in the bullion-enhanced seaweed lurks the rare but well-known Needle-Threader Fish that is in danger of being lured into oblivion by a bobber with wiggle worm attached.
Claudia has a friend, a Millefiori companion design, #973 Olivia, A Crazy-Lace Octopus. Both designs have some stitches and features in common, yet both are quite different. One similarity, though, is the little jellyfish. Claudia’s jellyfish is Jack Jellyfish (…and Olivia’s jellyfish is named Jill Jellyfish.) He’s stitched in blues and lavenders with new twisty folded drizzle tentacles and automatic couching, and he’s dressed with running bullions, satin and outline stitch. These designs can be perfectly framed in shadow boxes with agates, charms and other sea treasures.
The Cascade Rose, stitched with an exciting new zigzag cast-on stitch, pays tribute to the beautiful U.S. Pacific Northwest. Dewey MilleFlower beads sparkle at the heart of this stunning flower, a reminder of the beautiful wild rhododendrons that grow in the Coast and Cascade Mountain Ranges from British Columbia to Monterey, California.
The mist-covered foothills of these same mountains sparkle in Oregon Mist flowers; and Oregon’s Western Wood Anemone, a native of the West’s coastal forests adds a touch of elegance. The salmonberry, a relative of thimbleberry and raspberry, grows from Alaska to California; its showy magenta double daisy flower blossoms nestling around plump golden needlewoven berries. A shower of lazy daisy leaves, sparkling silver curling sprays and dots of beady mist complete the design.
Design: 3½” x 4½”
Design: 6” x 6”
A floral landscape hides little critters – a kitty, a bunny, an owl, and new, tiny 22-Stitch* (*Give-or-Take A Stitch) flower fairies – among 17 flowers. Framing the design are Millefiori’s new Cascade Blossom, Punctuation Lace Rose, Ruffled Chantilly Rose, Braided Lace Buttercups, a variation of Gayl Ratigan’s 1-2/3-2 “Drizzle with Integrity,” used for the large ferns (and a wonderful addition to any other Brazilian dimensional embroidery design), and foliage stitched with an original – the Millefiori ridged blanket stitch. You’ll also learn the self-padding raised close herringbone stitch developed by Erica Wilson and/or Margaret Boyles and favorite Brazilian dimensional embroidery leaf stitches. The wishing well roof is made with cast-on stitches and the brickwork and bucket with its realistic chain add to the design. Flower fairies, wearing sparkling gold metallic thread, admire the Aztec Lily, Black-eyed Susan, Buddleia, Coneflower, Hollyhocks, Lantana, Michelmas Daisy, MilleFlower, Petunia and Tuxedo Flowers. Beads may be scattered throughout for added sparkle.
This 8” x 10” advanced-level design. perfect for a shadow box, is a companion print to Millefiori #926 “Garden Party”. A dimensional stitch guide and finishing instructions are included.
“Come to the Circus!” Or if a carnival will do, here’s one for you! Flowers, flowers, flowers and showers of confetti delight unique circus acts. Tony the Tiger and Larry the Lion peek out from behind topical flowers as a high-wire act with two little bluebirdies – The Flying Winglendas (distant cousins of the famous Flying Wallendas) – entertain from on high.
Dimensional flowers abound – almost all new, but stitched with Brazilian embroidery techniques. Step right up! In the upper corner we have a Balloon Flower. The lower corner is anchored with a Merry-Go-Round Mum. Other flowers are Carnival Carnations, Busy Lizzie Carousel flowers, Harlequin Rose, Hot Buttered Popcorn Plant, and Cascade Circus Blossoms, all blended together with a sparkling shower of colorful tiny beads.
If you enjoy stitching designs with a circus theme, see Millefiori #884 “Itty Bitty Clown”, available as a pdf file with full-color instructions and traceable pattern for transferring to your choice of fabric. A stitch guide and finishing suggestions are included with all Millefiori designs.
The very tall and beautiful pink garden perennial, Astrantia, is also known as Masterwort, Melancholy Gentleman or Hattie’s Pincushion. Its beautiful seed pods are often used in dried arrangements. This flower is translated into Brazilian dimensional embroidery using the delightful and original drizzleberry technique that I developed a few years ago for the Millefiori Oriental Poppy (#948 “Patty’s Plum") and a double peony (#950 "Drizzleberry Punch"). In addition, a new arrangement of cast-on stitches is used to complete other Astrantia flower varieties on this design, and the seed pods are finished with beadwork, satin and cast-on stitches.
Hiding in the shadows of leaves and stems edged with the versatile Brazilian couching technique are two very cute little “pincushion” hedgehogs, stitched with Rosalie’s original barbed bullions and beady little eyes and noses. A stitch guide and finishing suggestions are included with all Millefiori designs. This is an advanced level Brazilian embroidery design.
Size: 6” x 8”
If you like cast-on stitches and if you like satin stitching, you will love this design!
A beautiful lacewing butterfly is framed with several new flower techniques. The lacewing butterfly was found on the Internet and has been adapted to Brazilian dimensional embroidery using satin stitch, cast-on, backstitch and some beadwork. Flowers include the all new Ruffled Chantilly Rose with an interesting arrangement of cast-on stitches, an Almond Blossom that combines satin, fly, bullions, up-down cast-on and up-down drizzle stitches, the Punctuation Lace Rose made with the comma, China Pinks that combine bullion and running cast-on stitches with a stacked bead center, Candle Blossoms and Glory Lace, stitched with the locking detached buttonhole stitch. Pale yellow field flowers with Ciré fly stitch leaves and stems in two coordinating greens complete the design. A stitch guide and finishing suggestions are included.
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