August’s flower is here! For the sixth installment of the flower of the month series, I humbly present the gladiolus. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.
The flower for August is the gladiolus, a genus of perennial flowers that is part of the iris family. Cultivated gladioli grow in tall spikes with pink, reddish, or light purple flowers. The leaves are sword-shaped, from which the genus gets its name from Latin gladius, meaning sword.
Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 987), using the chart I posted. I also altered the bees from the original pattern, and added the top-right bee. This pattern was much easier and stitched up faster than July’s; there were larger patches of the same color and there were not so very many different shades.
The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.
Next month: the aster.