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Flower of the Month: February

Today I present the very last of the flowers of the month: the violet! The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

cross stitched violets

Violets usually flower in the spring. Even though they are usually violet-colored, the flowers can also be blue, white, and yellow colored. Violet flowers are used for scent for perfumes, flavoring for liqueurs and candies, and are sometimes candied with sugar for decorations for desserts.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border, using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

This makes the last installment in the flower of the month series. Here’s how they all look together:

cross stitched flowers of the month completed

All the months from the past year:

March — jonquil

April — sweet pea

May — lily of the valley

June — wild rose

July — delphinium

August — gladiolus

September — aster

October — calendula

November — chrysanthemum

December — poinsettia

January — carnation

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Flower of the Month: January

Happy New Year, everyone. It’s the second to last installment of the flower of the month series, with January’s carnation. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photograph of cross stitch square for January showing two pink carnation blossoms

Carnations are a species of Dianthus. Here in the United States, it is often associated with Mother’s Day and with weddings, and it is the traditional flower for first anniversaries.

Carnations naturally come in white, pink, and red; but they have also been genetically engineered to be blue and purple. When I was growing up, our grocery store used to sell (and they probably still do) single carnation flowers in all different colors. I loved picking one out and getting to take it home!

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3052), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month (the last month!): the violet.

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WIP Wednesday: Last update of 2015

Happy last Wednesday of 2015, gentle readers! I thought we could ring out 2015 with a round-up of my as-yet-unfinished cross stitches:

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First, more progress this week on the Simpsons on the couch.

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And an update on the flower of the month project. Just January and February to finish in the new year!

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And some older projects I’ve been working on a while, like this sleeping fox.

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And the Steotchalong, which I obviously abandoned two weeks in. The half and quarter and blended stitches just got to me too much!

My new year’s resolution is to finish all of these in 2016, and of course to start new projects, too! Do you have any resolutions for 2016, crafting or otherwise?

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Flower of the Month: December

The tenth installment of the flower of the month series is here, with December’s poinsettia. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is native to Mexico and Central America. It has been associated with Christmas since the 17th century. Around this time of year in the U.S., there are poinsettias everywhere: doctors’ offices, grocery stores, banks, etc. In fact, today, December 12, is National Poinsettia Day here!

photograph of cross stitched red poinsettia flower

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 935), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the carnation.

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Flower of the Month: November

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.

cross stitched chrysanthemum flower

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.

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Flower of the Month: October

Happy October everyone, make way for the calendula flower! The patterns from the flower of the month series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photograph of cross stitched calendula flower for October's flower of the month square

The calendula is also known as the pot marigold, and typically refers to the species Calendula officinalis. The flower has been used medicinally for treating acne and irritated skin, as well as for treating stomach cramps and constipation. It is also used to dye fabrics and to give a golden color to butter and cheese.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 987), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth. Here are the eight squares so far, 2/3 of the way through the year:

Photograph of 8 flower of the month squares, March through October

Next month: the chrysanthemum.

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Flower of the Month: September

September’s flower is here, even though it’s a bit late! For the seventh installment of the flower of the month series, I humbly present the aster. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photo of cross stitched aster flower with large purple blooms

The aster is an ornamental plant that grows in Europe, the United States, and Canada. These asters are light purple, but the blooms can also be pink, dark purple, and nearly white. They grow best in cooler climates.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 936), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the calendula.

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Flower of the Month: August

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.

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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.

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Flower of the Month: July

I’m a bit late to the July flower of the month party, considering it is halfway through August. But here it is, the larkspur! The patterns are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns, including this series of flowers.

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July’s flower is the larkspur. “Larkspur” refers to flowers from the genus Delphinium and the genus Consolida, but I am pretty sure that it is Delphinium depicted here. These are ornamental plants that are grown for their tall columns of flowers, but they are highly poisonous to humans and other animals, particularly cattle. Wikipedia says that the flowers bloom into late summer and are pollinated by butterflies, which makes the little stitched butterfly quite fitting.

Like the other squares, I altered the pattern just a bit and added the month name in the border in DMC 989, using the chart I posted. The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the gladiolus.

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Flower of the Month: June

I’ve finished another flower of the month square, which makes four — a whole third of the year. The patterns are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns, including this series of flowers.

I have finished the fourth flower — June — this week:

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June’s flower is the wild rose. I don’t know which wild rose it is, because that name refers to a number of different species, but it looks like either Rosa acicularis or R. virginiana. They’re both shrubby deciduous bushes that are native to North America.

Like the other squares, I altered the pattern and added the month name in the border in DMC 936, using the chart I posted. The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Here is how they all look together (click to make it bigger):

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Next month: the larkspur.

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