Story of the design
The 💐 Flower Shop design is a favorite embroidery beginner pattern. Whether you’re completely new to embroidery or if you’ve stitched a couple of designs before, this pattern will allow you to practice a series of useful stitch techniques. For example, for neat contours, we recommend to use the back stitch technique. Even though it may look advanced on the final result, the secret is to simply reduce the number of strands. For most of our patterns, we like to use only a thin single stranded thread. This creates a modern and graphical impression, which is hard to come by in many other beginner embroidery designs.
We believe that to create should be fun, inspiring and accessible. Hence, we strongly encourage you to begin with patterns that inspire you to stitch. Unfortunately, many beginners patterns are simplified to the extent that they lose the charm. Thus, we did our best to keep a beautiful, yet simplistic style.
The flower shop on the ground floor is a pure joy to stitch. Please feel free to experiment with color combinations and various thickness of threads. To create the illusion of miniature florals, you can mix tight and loose French knots. When small tight knots are placed close to each other, each knot becomes like a mini petal. On the other hand, if you use a thicker thread and pull the knot slightly more lose, the knot may represent a blooming rose by itself. There are no limitations as to which kinds of flowers you can stitch.
Embroidery stitches used in this pattern:
- Back stitch
- Satin stitch
- Straight stitch
- French knot
Materials you need to complete this embroidery design:
- 🖼️ Cotton canvas (or any non-stretch and non-transparent cotton fabric such as Duck canvas 7oz)
- 🖼️ Embroidery hoop of 20cm (8“)
- 🎨Embroidery needle (We love to use 1-5 Bohin France or DMC needles)
- 🧵 Embroidery floss (DMC colour codes are indicated on your pattern pdf)
- ✂️ Scissor
- 📝 Carbon paper for transfer (Alternatively solvy paper, iron-on pen or any other transfer method of your preference)
- 🖊️ Pointy ball point pen
- 📏 Optional: Small ruler
Here is an article with more information about the various materials that we use.
→ Included in your pattern pdf is a video tutorial on how to transfer our architectural hand embroidery designs with carbon paper.
→ Upon purchase you will also receive an invitation to our supportive Private Facebook community that is available only for stitchers of our designs and courses.
Learn more with online courses
Are you keen to dive deeper into the Architectural hand embroidery style?
Then you’d want to have a look at our in depth Architectural hand embroidery and threadpainting courses on Charles and Elin Academy!
In addition to courses on Architectural designs we also offer other inspiring courses to support you on your exploration of modern hand embroidery.