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A Rosy Summer Ornament in Biedermaier Embroidery

Delicate roses surrounded by greenery flourish in this charming embroidery that will harken summer all year long.

Pat Olski Jun 21, 2023 - 4 min read

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Embroidered roses adorn Pat’s summer ornament design. Photos by Katrina King

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When I take my walks on summer evenings, I always stop to admire the beautiful roses that are blooming all around my neighborhood. This pattern, which is based on a pattern from a 1907 embroidery book A Treatise on Embroidery; with Twenty Color Illustrations from Original Models (New York, Philadelphia [etc.] M. Heminway & Sons Silk Co. [c1907]), is a companion piece to the “A Spring Topiary Garden in Biedermaier Embroidery.”

Pat’s summery rose design

I have chosen soft colors that remind me of summer flowers, and I have selected some textured stitches including bullion knots and colonial knots to give this piece added dimension. The sweet roses in a woven basket planter look so fresh, especially when framed by a hoop, that it is hard to believe the design is over one hundred years old. I am looking forward to hanging it right over my desk, next to the Spring Topiary Garden ornament.

Diagrams for many of the stitches can be found here.

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Materials

  • White cotton fabric at least 8" × 8" (20 × 20 cm)

  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss, (100% mercerized cotton), 8.7 yd (8 m)/skein: 1 skein each of

    • #371 Mustard
    • #3052 Green Gray—Medium
    • #3053 Green Gray
    • #961 Dusky Rose—Dark
    • #151 Dusky Rose—Very Light
    • #676 Old Gold—Light
    • #677 Old Gold—Very Light
    • #3747 Blue Violet—Very Light
  • Needles: embroidery/crewel sizes 7 and 8

  • Washable marker, pen, pencil, or Hera marker

  • Small sharp scissors

  • Embroidery Hoop measuring 4" (10.2 cm) round for working and finishing

Design size: 1 5/8" x 2 7/8" (4.12 x 7.3 cm)

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Directions

Trace design lightly onto the center of the fabric. Embroider following chart. Block lightly and trim all excess threads.

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