Each year I eagerly look forward to the appearance of the drifts of snowdrops that appear across the banks and hedgerows of the lanes around our village. They are so cheerful and brave, not caring that the days are still cold, damp and grey. I love to bring the ones from my garden indoors, not too many, but a good handful to enjoy in the warmth and comfort of my living room ….
I’ve never done anything else with them until this year when I spotted the idea of making flower nests in the British publication “Landscape Magazine” ….
Now realistically, although this is a lovely idea, I knew that I was most unlikely to get around to trying it for myself. But it started me wondering, what else could I create to celebrate this little flower? After all there are whole societies of galanthophiles or snowdrop lovers, dedicated to spotting even the smallest variations between different species and various snowdrop-themed events will take place across the country in the next couple of months. So I gathered together floss and fabric ….
then appliqued a Cornishware mug to hold my flossy snowdrops, and began to stitch …..
Nothing too complicated – snowdrops aren’t complicated flowers after all – at least not in my opinion! Some quite loosely worked satin stitches for the leaves and petals with stem stitch (of course!) for the stems. I used two different shades for their petals. I’m not sure if you can really tell in this picture but in real life using a slightly creamier,darker shade for the further-away petals helped to define the flower shapes. And of course three, or was it four? shades of green make for nice leaves.
Unusually I stitched this design in Anchor threads. I’m beginning to move away from DMC towards Anchor as I’m finding that they have more of the shades I’m currently enjoying working with. I’ve always kept to DMC as I know it’s widely available, but I think Anchor is too? Does anybody know at all? And now my snowdrops have joined other blue and white china on my kitchen cupboard ….
Where I think they look rather nice! You’ll find the snowdrops pattern in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine that’s out on Thursday….
With lots more inside to enjoy too!