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Poppy Embroidery – March Phenology

One of my favorite things about spring in California are the California poppies! Even before I started this phenology wheel project, I knew that I’d be doing a poppy embroidery at some point.

California Poppy

When I was a kid, I thought for sure I’d get hunted down and arrested if I ever picked a California poppy. It’s our state flower, so supposedly it’s illegal to pick them. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’ve still never picked one to this day. Haha!

California Poppies

So here’s my take on the California poppy for March.

California Poppy Embroidery

I used two strands and a long and short stitch for the flower. It’s three different shades of orange, although the darkest one is a little hard to see in the photos.

Poppy Embroidery

The stem and leaves are also long and short stitch. The leaves are a little more detailed in my drawing/pattern, but I decided while stitching that it was a little too much. You can simplify it as much as you want.

Flower Embroidery

Download the free pattern!

And if you’d also like to add a poppy embroidery to your wheel, here’s a link to the free patterns that I created.

Long and Short Stitch Flowers

I still have more of the fabric, so if you’d like to participate, you can purchase it here.  To see my original post that explains this project, go here.  Make sure to post your photos to Instagram using #cutesycraftsSAL so we can all see your work!

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Barbara Hudson

Tuesday 6th of July 2021


FYI - received the fabric wheel last week and am so excited to get started (I have some catching up to do :)

Thank you for such the fun idea!

Cheers - Barbara Hudson

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