If you ask my husband one motif that I would like for sure, he would answer Fleur de Lis. It’s not like I am an avid Fleur de Lis collector though. Occasionally however, I will pick up a stationary or two if I like the design and the colors. Since my girl scout days, I have been in love with the design. The Florentine Fleur de Lis is my most favorite of them all.
This project started with a swap. I am part of a lovely swap group on Flickr where we make tiny 3″ quilt blocks. The theme of the month was piecing with embroidery and I made this nine-patch quilt block with Fleur de Lis embroidered on it. It makes me think of colored glass windows.
Here’s a picture of the bunch together. This was my first time ever making nine-patch blocks and I had to cut 1″ squares!!
Then I got to work on a larger version of the design for the Florentine Fleur de Lis with a combination of chain and back stitch.
A few tips on using DMC satin – I used DMC satin embroidery floss for the brightness it offers. I never used it before and I found out very quickly that it is not a very beginner-friendly floss.
- It has very little cohesion. For the chain stitch, I had to use the thumb of my left hand to hold the floss down to keep the stitch in place while working with my right hand.
- It frays very easily. I had to keep on trimming the loose ends so they wouldn’t knot up as I pulled the floss through the fabric.
- This embroidery floss left a lot of lint on the fabric. I used a lint roller to clean up the finished piece.
The file includes both patterns: the simple one and the Florentine one for personal and non-profit use.
Mine is going to be a present for my husband as a remembrance of our first overseas trip and the wonderful time we had in Florence!