literary flowers

Shakespeare’s Flowers Embroidery Patterns – Out Now!

Shakespeare's Flowers - Wild Thyme

Yay! The last set of Literary Flowers are done and in the shop: Shakespeare’s Flowers!

Shakespeare's Flowers - Woodbine

This pattern pack comes with five small floral patterns, all mentioned in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (my favorite Shakespeare play – one of my favorite books ever). Where our poppies were bold and our tulips dramatic, these little flowers are sweet and delicate.

Shakespeare's Flowers - Violets

And small! Most of our patterns are large and detailed, but these flowers are by their real-life nature small and uncomplicated. Quite fitting for being the home of the fairies and all.

Shakespeare's Flowers - Eglantine

We thought it’d be nice to have some patterns that would work well on a pair of pillowcases (I can’t stop thinking of these on pillowcases, especially the Eglantine above!), or as embellishment on any wearable / useable item (a little sewing pouch! a tote bag!), or just as little wee hoop decorations. This one below, the Primrose, is going to stay in its hoop and hang on my wall – it’s just too sweet!

Shakespeare's Flowers - Primrose

There’s five patterns in the pack and you can check out all the pattern details on Etsy. We sure hope you like them, and there’s more photos on Flickr if you’d like to have a look!

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns + Celebratory Discount!!!

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

It’s been a while, but we’ve finally got a new set of embroidery patterns in the Little Dorrit & Co. pattern shop today!

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

This set of three patterns was inspired by “The Black Tulip”, written in 1850 by Alexandre Dumas. The story takes place in 17th Century Holland and involves a race to find a true black tulip – with not a fleck of color on it.

Black tulips have always been my favorite – they’re just so sleek and dramatic. And because I basically grew up in Holland myself, tulips always remind me a bit of home. Of course, real black tulips are actually in shades of the deepest, darkest purples, and we’ve tried to capture that with our thread choices.

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

This set of three patterns features two tulips – one long and slinky, potted in Delft porcelain, the other a parrot-style full of detail – and a small Delft-inspired motif.

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

As usual, they all include stitch and color guides! And if you’re stitching them up, check out my tutorial on &Stitches for the type of long-and-short stitch – I use the same stitch in the detailed tulip pattern (top photo).

The Black Tulip Embroidery Patterns

To celebrate the release of this new pattern set (which is the first in a small series of literary-inspired flowers, by the way!) we’re offering a discount code for 15% off in the Little Dorrit & Co. shop! The code is TULIPSEASON and will expire on July 16th, 2013. Happy shopping!

(More photos of these embroideries in my Flickr photostream.)