Joining the Royal Persian Blossom Stitchalong

So Mary at Needle ‘n’ Thread is planning a stitchalong of the Royal Persian Blossom from Talliaferro Designs. Nobody has started stitching yet, but she has a discussion area for the stitchalong where people are discussing fabric, thread, and color choices (at some shops you can simultaneously order the pattern and the wool). I’m going to jump in too! I’m just brainstorming at the moment though – no stitching for me yet either!

I love the blue/gold/brown color scheme, so I want to keep that. Mine will be in embroidery floss instead of wool, though. I like the shininess, and there will be some different options for adapting the pattern to a new look.

I also really want to learn more about Indian embroidery. I have several good books about it, and there’s many wonderful resources from Indian embroidery bloggers as well. So I’m thinking of trying to do the Royal Persian Blossom interpreted through Indian embroidery. My first idea is to replace those blue circles running across the top with shisha mirrors. I would absolutely love it if y’all would jump in with more ideas! Everybody think Indian embroidery!!! What should I do?

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5 Responses to Joining the Royal Persian Blossom Stitchalong

  1. coralseas says:

    I love this colour scheme too and would probably keep it if I did this sampler (which is gorgous and very tempting).

    I don’t know much about Indian embroidery but I know that bead work features a lot and those geometric patterns in the flowers could easily translate into bead work.

    I look forward to seeing what you do with this.

    • Hannah says:

      You could do a small one 🙂 If you look at the link, there are three instruction packs that cover small excerpts from the design. I love your blog, btw, your work is so beautiful.

  2. Rachel says:

    I don’t know a lot about Indian Embroidery either, but I’ve had the impression that the stitches used are quite limited. you will want to give attention to creating that same exuberant effect using a more limited stitch palette.

    Keep us updated!

  3. Mary Corbet says:

    Hi, Hannah! Glad to hear you’re going to join along on this project. I’m planning on doing one of the smaller pieces, myself. Actually, I may split the blossom up a different way, taking it out of the original design. I like the idea of working it in floss – are you going to reduce the design in size from the original? Otherwise, I think it would take ten forevers to stitch using floss!

    Beyond types of fillings, will you get the same range of stitches if you adapt it to Indian techniques? I could see substituting some fillings, but I’m not sure where else you would use it (except, as you say, the shisha mirrors instead of berries).

    Well, whatever you do, I’m sure it’ll be fun, and I can’t to see how you interpret it!


    • Hannah says:

      You’re right about the size. I suppose I’ll be either reducing the design size or using a whole lot of strands at once. I have to make some fabric decisions too.

      I have several wonderful books on Indian embroidery – there’s actually a huge variety of styles. So I’m thinking there’s got to be something interesting there!

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