Dandelion dreams … free pattern and giveaway for you.
Regular readers of this blog may remember that back in the grey days of February I made a pouch using a vintage dandelion transfer
. In those dreary winter days the occasional brave dandelion was the only occasional splash of colour in my muddy garden. Now of course everywhere is full of colour, primroses, bluebells, honesty, blossom of all kinds, fritillaries, and in my garden at least – plenty of dandelions!! I don’t care one little bit, I love their blaze of yellow.
The dandelions in the wilder parts of the garden have flowered and set seed already, though more flowers are in bud. I was out there earlier today pegging the sheets on the line, and was struck once again by their cheerfulness. So .. I decided to embroider them again – this time using my own design. I discovered some self-cover buttons at the bottom of a box and thought that to create buttons featuring the dandelion in the stages of its life would be fun. Above is the result before cutting out .. from the bud with the first hint of yellow showing at the top, through the blazing yellow flower, fairy clock puffball, seeds blowing on the wind to the final empty stalk, its task completed.
I only had 7/8″ buttons (22 mm) so it was quite a challenge to fit the detail I wanted into such a small space, using only a single strand of cotton floss. But I think it went alright. If you’d like the free pattern to make for yourself, then please click here
for the free pdf download.
Observant readers may have noticed that only four buttons feature in the image at the beginning of this post, whilst you can see from the work in progress picture that I made five designs. This is because the fifth button in the pack turned out to be bent and so I couldn’t cover it. I will have to go shopping on Monday for a replacement to finish the set.
So it is the exact same set of 5 dandelion buttons featured in this post that is the free giveaway. They’re all hand embroidered onto vintage linen by me and the last button will of course be completed before they’re sent out to the lucky winner!
If you’d like to own these buttons, then please leave a comment below – and just for a bit of fun – please say what you’d do with them. The winner will be chosen by Amy – who is hoping for lots of entries(!) in a week’s time – so entries will close midnight BST on Saturday 15 May 2010.