This simple, free needlepoint pattern features a traditional Victorian-inspired summer floral bouquet worked in an earthy, monotone color scheme on brown mono canvas. It can be worked on white or natural-colored canvas as well, but I love the look of the colored canvas in this design.
I’ve finished stitching the project, but haven’t yet decided how I want to finish it. I seem to have more than enough framed needle art and pillows…
This a simple, charted design, worked from a chart. One square on the chart is equal to one stitch on the canvas, with the background area worked over 2 threads.
So far, I’m very pleased with the project, and look forward to figuring out what to do with it!
- DMC Size 5 Pearl Cotton in colors B5200 and 738
- DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss in colors B5200
- 14-count brown Mono Canvas 12×14 inches
- Size 20 tapestry needles
- one pair each of 12″ and 14″ stretcher bars and flat-headed tacks
- artists’ tape
- embroidery scissors
Download the Summer Bouquet Charted PDF Pattern.
Stitch the needlepoint chart using continental or basketweave stitch (basic tent stitch) using the size 5 pearl threads.
Tape off the edges of the canvas (it keeps the thread from snagging on the rough edges of the canvas) and tack it to the frame for support.
Fill in the background area using a single strand of the B5200 embroidery floss in a reverse tent stitch, working over 2 threads in the canvas for a lacy effect.
Initially I had thought of outlining the the floral and border areas using a single strand of the 436 floss, but didn’t like it – which is why that thread is shown in the image above, but was not used in the design. Sometimes I just have to experiment!