In June the opium poppy in the fields of the Meißner-Germerode region begins to bloom. The visit to the poppy fields inspired me to abstract the shape of a poppy flower to make it usable for drawn thread embroidery.
Originally my shape had a diameter of 12.4 cm, but one could use a smaller shape if the linen has a higher thread count.
I marked the vertical and the horizontal axis on the linen to be able to transfer the outline precisely.
Using Coton à broder No. 16, on Weddigen linen, 13.5/cm thread count, Coral Knot stitches are worked along all lines except the lines in the center circle.
Using Coton à broder No. 30 Chain stitches are worked directly inside the Coral Knot stitches. Using Coton à broder No. 20 Chain stitches are worked a small distance outside the outermost Coral Knot stitches. The outside Chain stitches are covered with densely worked Blanket stitches, also using Coton à broder No. 20.
Using Coton à broder No. 16 Straight stitches are worked on the lines in the center circle, and the circle is filled with a spider web of reverse Raised Band Stem stitches. The ring around the spider web is filled with French Knots with two wraps also using Coton à broder No. 16 (Early Schwalm Whitework, pages 61 and 65). In the larger petal shapes, make a grid by cutting 1, leaving 3; in the smaller shapes the grid is made by cutting 1, leaving 2. Using Coton à broder No. 25 both shapes are filled – the larger one with Rose stitches (Basic Principles of Schwalm Whitework, pages 50 – 52), the smaller one with Single Faggot (Openwork Pattern Sampler, page 62).
After finishing, the embroidered piece is washed (boiled), starched and ironed. Then, the poppy flower is cut. If needed, such closely trimmed embroidery can be washed and ironed – quick and easy – at any time, but never spun in a washing machine!
With a number of such poppy blooms one can establish a nice wreath.