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How To Make a Nature Scene of Embroidered Wildflowers

Hello, good morning from Kloof near Durban in KZN, where it’s much warmer and I am slowly defrosting. Cape Town has had a very cold winter!
I thought you would like to learn how to make a country scene filled with wildflowers (we call them veld flowers). It’s a natural phenomenon here in the Cape that happens in Spring every year. The flowers have already started and in the next two months many of us will go and see them, not far outside Cape Town.  We are planning a hike amongst the flowers on the West Coast in September, and I will show you what they look like when I have been. They look like the scene below.


How To Make a Nature Scene of Embroidered Wildflowers


Here in the scene, you will see that simple stitches were used to build the texture, simple stitches in varying thickness of thread and ribbon. The detail in the far background is embroidered first and note how these stitches are much smaller than the ones in the foreground.

Note: use one strand of thread unless suggested otherwise.


Fill in the hill in the background.


Outline the edge of the hill in stem stitch. Use a plum colour for the darker pink shadows and a grey for the grey shadows, pale yellow for the light shadows.


Use one or two strands of thread and seeding stitch (see diagram below) to fill in the plum, grey, cream, and soft brown grass-like texture on the hill. Make tiny stitches about 2 to 3mm ((1/8 inch) in length and scatter them in all directions as shown in the colour picture.


Seeding Stitch




Make the colourful flowers at the foot of the hill.


The carpet of flowers in the middle distance (beneath the green and brown bushes) is formed with various shades of pink, orange, plum and old-gold thread and two, three or four-wrap French knots. Use one or two strands of thread. The larger flowers are made in silk ribbon:

Use 2mm silk in varying shades of yellow, pink, plum white and make French knots to form the larger flowers. Alternatively, use a loose/puffed ribbon stitch, working over a spare tapestry needle to form shapes that are raised off the surface of the design.



Make the large flowers in the near distance.


Form the large white, red, coral and watermelon-coloured flowers in the foreground with 7mm silk ribbon in white, red, honeysuckle and watermelon. Refer to the colour picture above as a guide. Form some flowers in loop stitch with a French knot centre. Work over a spare tapestry needle and use golden yellow thread for the French knot (one strand and two or three wraps). Make other flowers in loose/puffed ribbon stitch. Push the ribbon up to form a loop before piercing the ribbon to form the ribbon stitch. Add a golden yellow French knot in the centre, as you did before.




Make the Daisies in Front. 


Use the red silk ribbon and ribbon stitch to form the red daisies in the front. Work over a spare needle to form raised petals. Add a two-wrap yellow French knot in the centre. Form the leaves in green ribbon and ribbon stitch.


I do hope that you enjoyed making your masterpiece. May it bring you many years of joy!





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  • Cheryl

    So beautiful!

    Oct 02, 2023 at 11:39

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