If you’ve never known the quiet pleasure of needlework, now’s the time to catch on to this most meditative of crafts.
Gather your supplies
18cm timber embroidery hoop; linen; double-sided tape; water-erasable marker; iron-on interfacing; scraps of red fabric; fine scissors; embroidery needle; stranded embroidery thread in black and green
Step 1 Photocopy Embroidery Hoopla Diagram until 18cm across. Cut out flowers to use as templates.
Step 2 Pull apart hoop and place double-side tape around outside of bottom section. Place linen over the frame, pull tight, then replace top hoop and tighten screw. Trim excess linen using fine scissors.
Step 3 Transfer stem designs onto linen using water-erasable marker. Iron interfacing onto scraps of red fabric. Trace and cut out flower shapes. Using Embroidery Hoopla Detail picture as a guide and black embroidery thread, attach 6 flowers in place with several stitches to form black asterisks. Using green embroidery thread and Stitch Diagrams as a guide, backstitch stems, stitch 3 lazy daisy stitches radiating from end of 2 stems to attach remaining red flowers and to create flower bases, and stitch 2 lazy daisy stitches radiating from the end of stems without flowers to form unopened buds.