Lavender Embroidery

Posted on Feb 7, 2008


Every year the medical school where I work raffles off a quilt to raise money.  My school has lots of functions through out the year and I usually shy away from them, but I figured this was something I could embrace.  Last October I volunteered to embroider one of the quilt squares.  Each square will have an herb and I picked lavender, because it’s one of my favorite plants. 

Well two weeks ago, I got an email saying that the quilt squares were due by February 1st.  You guessed it, I hadn’t even started.  Christmas had been my first priority and I was busy knitting 14 scarves.  I kicked it in gear and got started on my square.  I found an image on Google and traced it onto the fabric I was given.  To do this, I had to rush home from work one day to squeak out the tiny bit of daylight left to trace my image by taping the image to my sliding glass door, taping the fabric over the image and tracing.  I chose the aptly named stem stitch for the stems and leaves.  For the flower, I used lots of tiny short stitches in two different shades of lavender to give it depth.  It took several nights and almost a full weekend, but I made the deadline. 


Here is a closer look.  All in all, I think it turned out really well.  I would love to do more embroidery.  Maybe for next Christmas…


  1. This piece turned out so pretty. I have an idea for your next embroidery project. I’d love to have a piece embroidered with my china pattern, Old Country Roses.

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  2. Looks great! You are so talented!

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  3. A.MAZE.ING!
    Love it! I’m really impressed! How long did it take you to complete this masterwork?

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  4. Great Job, Jolie! It’s beautiful and the workmanship is great. I would have loved to have seen it in person. Maybe Christmas?????

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