The ninth installment of the flower of the month series is here, with November’s chrysanthemum. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.
The chrysanthemum, or mum, is native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Mums were first cultivated in China in the 15th century. As well as being pretty to look at, the flowers are used to brew a sweet chrysanthemum tea, and the flowers can also be processed to make a natural insecticide.
The mum is the symbol of the Japanese Imperial family. In the United States, it is the official flower of the cities of Salinas, California, and Chicago, Illinois.
Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3362), using the chart I posted.
The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.
Next month: the poinsettia.