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Mother’s Day FSL Bouquet

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  • 4 x 4 hoop
  • Water soluble stabilizer
  • Styrofoam 1 1/2″ balls for rosebuds
  • Floral stem wires
  • Floral stamens
  • Floral stem wrapping tape (try to match the colors of the leaf thread you’re using with the color of the wrapping tape)
  • Markers
  • Loose weave ribbon 1 1/2″width approximately 36″length vase
  • Optional: colorful Mylar or netting

  • Designs used in this project:

  • Preface:
    Hoop 2 layers of a good water soluble stabilizer like Vilene or Badgemaster. Vilene worked best for me on these. Stitch out the designs. When completed, trim away the stabilizer close to the stitches being careful not to cut into the design. Soak them in a cup of warm water until you can’t see any of the stabilizer. Poke a skewer or something similar through the center of each flower while damp. Some of the flowers need to be formed while damp as explained in the instructions below. These are fun flowers and I wanted to make them a little decorative, so I made the stamens and centers in colorful variations some not to the true natural flower. You may do these any way you wish. Slightly bend the petals and leaves while damp so they look more natural. On the flowers with 2 parts, have the bottom layer of petals alternating as shown in pictures below.

    Step 1:
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    While damp, set inside a cup or something that will raise the tips as they drying. When dry, attach the daisy with the green center under the plain white with a dab of glue. Slide a stamen down through the bottom and attach the stem under the flower by wrapping both together with floral tape.

    Step 2:
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    Attach the daisy leaves on the way down the stem by putting a dab of glue at the bottom of the leaf and wrap together with the stem.

    Step 3:
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    Trim the top and bottom of a Styrofoam ball to points on both end, resembling a cone with a blunt point at the bottom. You can color the top point the same color as your petals. The trimmed cone is shown on the left.

    Step 4:
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    Place the cone on top of the green center of the petals. While still damp wrap the petals around the cone in the numbered order as shown. 

    Step 5:
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    Bending the sides inward for realism.

    Step 6:
    These are done with the narrow petals inside and the larger on the outside. Keep them together while drying with a twist tie. When dry, Place a wire stem through the bottom up into the Styrofoam and wrap the stem with the wrapping tape, attaching the rose leaves on the way down.

    Step 7:
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    Fold the bottom of the Calla inwards to form a loose, open cone. Glue tips together. For the centers I used a purchased stamen on one and on another I bent the tip of the floral wire and wrapped and glued Mylar around the top to form a large calla stamen.

    Step 8:
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    Pull stamen through the bottom and wrap together with the wire, attaching the leaves along the stem.

    Step 9:
    Sew placement stitch. Find the place on the ribbon you’d like embroidered then center & secure the 1 1/2″ ribbon inside the rectangle. Attach to the hoop with washable glue stick, spray or carefully with tape (the tape may pull the weave of the ribbon).
    Sew and rinse out stabilizer.

    Step 10:
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    Note: If the leaves don’t match the wire or wrapping tape. Use a marker the color of the leaves and touch up any color difference. Be careful not to get any marker on the flowers. Use a loose weave ribbon. The needle goes through the weave easier than a tight weave such as satin. Use any color of thread for the flowers. The colors I used were only for demo. Arrange the flowers in a vase and wrap the ribbon. You can use Mylar or netting in the vase as a filler.

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    Meet The Author: Marlene Stewart
    Hi, my name is Marlene Stewart. I was born in Indiana and really have a strange career path of - secretary at a brokerage firm in Chicago. In 1972 I moved to Arkansas and became owner of a TV/VCR sales and repair, then school insurance coordinator, Realtor, bakery owner, arts & crafts, now digitize. I began teaching myself to digitize in 1992 after I purchased my first embroidery software and Brother PE150 embroidery machine since then I have upgraded software and machines. My husband is retired from the U.S. Air Force and I have a 36 year old son. My favorite part of the day is evening when my husband and I cuddle with a blanket and watch science fiction movies. I love digitizing, my husband calls it a love affair and admire the works of Thomas Kinkade.

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