Here in Northern California, I'm seeing irises starting to bloom in the neighborhood gardens.
And that reminds me that it's time to release a design that's only been available as a cyber class project for the past few years. The popular "FLEUR-DE-LIS" is a very sweet floral sampler measuring 8.5" x 8.5" on 18 ct. sage green canvas. I love stitching these floral pieces, since they're not too large, not too small -- but JUST RIGHT for a pleasant bit of springtime stitching!
The woven borders and dappled variegated background evoke a latticed garden, with squares of irises done in fun composite patterns. And the pattern has thread palettes for either a BLUE or PURPLE version, as shown by the main pearl cotton threads below:
I LOVE thinking up fun stitch patterns that mimic the flowers highlighted in each of my floral designs, so if you look closely at the photo below, you can see some of the irisey stitches I've created to use in the pattern squares. You can also see a bit of the variegated Watercolours that is used in each of the four boxes, which provides a lovely wash of soft colors that compliments the main flower colors:
And HAPPY SPRINGTIME STITCHING!!