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Extract from Mandalas to Embroider • By Carina Envoldsen-Harris • Published by Search Press

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Mandalas to Embroider
This design has been inspired by how the morning light catches on the sempervivums in my garden. It highlights the shape of the petals, nature’s own mandala. Some of the petals have been left unadorned so there is room to add more stitches if you like.

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  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 1
    Step 1

    Stitching suggestions ...
    Work the chain stitch sections first, then add the back stitch sections. Finish with lazy daisy, pistil and star stitches.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 2
    Step 2

    Chain stitch

    Bring the needle up at A and back down at B, securing a small loop with your thumb.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 3
    Step 3

    Bring the needle up at C, so that the needle is on top of the thread. Pull the thread tight to form the first ‘link’ in the chain.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make as many stitches as required, making sure they are a consistent in shape and size. Finish the last chain with a small straight stitch.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 5
    Step 5

    Back stitch

    Bring your needle up through the fabric at A, insert your needle into the fabric at B, then along and up again at C.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 6
    Step 6

    Take the needle back to B (D), then bring the needle up at E. The gap should be the size of the stitch. Continue to work this way, making sure the stitches are a consistent length. When you nish, thread your needle through the stitches on the wrong side of the fabric.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 7
    Step 7

    Lazy daisy

    Bring your needle up through the fabric at A and insert it at B, as close to A as possible. Pull the thread gently to make a loop.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 8
    Step 8

    Insert the needle at D – make sure you pass the thread over the loop.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make as many stitches as required, sewing them close together in a circle to form a flower.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 10
    Step 10

    Bring the thread through the fabric at A. Holding the thread between your thumb and finger, wrap it around the needle two or three times.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 11
    Step 11

    Keeping a good tension of the thread, take the needle down through B and pull the thread through to form a knot with a ‘tail’.

  • How to embroider art. Cerulean Petals - Step 12
    Step 12

    Star Stitch

    Pull the needle up at A, insert it at B, bring the needle up at C and insert at D to make a flattened cross. Then pull the needle up at E and insert at F to complete the star.

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