I’m totally in love with my new textile postcard. I’m still not sure if it’s a cherry or an apple blossom. First I thought it’s an apple, but pink stamens made me a bit suspicious and now it looks more like a cherry for me. Anyway, flowers of both species are similar in shape and it’s the same way to go about stitching them. I used my favourite silk ribbon embroidery technique to brighten up the print.
7mm wide Dawn and Baby Pink silk ribbons are great for stitching these flowers. Pale yellow sections of Dawn are used for yellowish flowers and pink sections — for pink ones. The darkest parts of Baby Pink ribbon are used for buds and the rest for stitching petals. For leaves I picked out 4mm wide Citrus ribbon and for flower calyx — 4mm wide Walnut ribbon.
I made all the stitching fairly quickly as I didn’t stitch every flower, only those which are on the foreground. The only thing I got stuck with were stamens. First I made them in dark red, then in brown-red, then in fuchsia pink, and finally they are dusty pink. It was more unpicking than stitching in fact!
I took a few photos to share how the flowers were stitched. I used left and right sided ribbon stitches to make each petal, but they also can be stitched with a basic ribbon stitch (the tutorial is here).
1. Using a chenille needle mark where the petal starts and ends. Start petals at a distance from the centre of the flower, leave some space for stamens.
3. Pull the ribbon through very gently to form the left part of the petal.
5. Pull the ribbon through. Press the stitch with you finger at the front each time whilst pulling the ribbon to the back. The ribbon will curl along your nail and you’ll get a petal of a rounded shape.
6. Stitch all five petal in the same way. Fill the flower centre with stamens using long straight stitches with one strand of embroidery floss. Then finish each stamen with a French knot.