Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!
This is a sheet of pretty floral embroidery patterns. One is a tussie-mussie or nosegay which is a small flower bouquet that is given as a gift and has been around for centuries. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems for the small arrangements.
The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria. During this time they were a popular fashion accessory. Often tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the language of flowers and were used to send a message to the recipient.
The patterns include the best embroidery stitches to use. The first one is mixed with fabric applique for the large pieces and a satin stitch for the dots and stems.
Most of the embroidery stitches suggested with the pattern you’ll find on the how-to page below. The only stitch not described is the Spoke stitch that looks like a star and is made by criss-crossing 4 stitches.
Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting site has a easy photo how-to for Decorative Hand Embroidery Stitches. The Spoke stitch is the last one on the page. Also at the bottom is a link to download the 3 page PDF file.
The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.
Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.
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