I am nearly finished with the embroidery and embellishing work on this beautiful design by Maggie Bonanomi. Although her instructions did not include such work, I simply could not resist!
I will add some ribbon and a cotton backing and hang this handsome pair on our dining room wall.                      

                                       

Close up details:
I filled the flower with chain stitching. Edges were done in blanket stitch.                                                              

Large flower:
lazy daisy flowers with yellow beads for the centers. I blanket stitched around the brown center and then crocheted between the bars to add this ruffled look, which I do often.

                                                            

 

Two rows of chain stitches around the perimeter make this flower pop out. I added random cross stitches, trim and a bit of beading.

 

 

Once again, 2 rows of chain stitches. Elongated chain stitches and a bead center. Colonial knots.

 

So, as you can see, you can take license to make a pattern "more you".

 

 

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