For the Love of Violets…

Isn't it funny, how we sometimes don't notice things until we see them in a new environment!
Just after my 15th birthday, I travelled to Germany to spend a year on exchange.
The family I lived with had a lovely home with a large semi-landscaped meadow and pond at the rear of the house.
At the time, I was completely amazed at the array of "new" flowers that were completely different to what we had in Australia!!!
I eagerly picked and pressed many little flowers, taking note of their English, German and Latin names. I couldn't wait to speak to Mum and Grandma and share my exciting floral discoveries with them! 
Well it was a little embarrassing! It turned out that most of my "amazing discoveries" were also growing in our very own back yard!
The Crocus, Queen Anne's Lace, Forget-me-nots, Snow Drops… and even Violets.
It would seem that this whole new, exiting world of botanical discovery, was only new to me! Too, too funny! But still, it was a new love that still hasn't waned.
Violets 1
One of my very favourite blooms is the violet! Such a fragile little flower, springing from a bed of heart shaped leaves.
From white through to a deep purple… big 1 inch beauties to tiny, two toned native varieties. I love them all!  
This week saw the release of a new, violet themed One Day In May pattern!
For the Love of Violets ~ Hexagonal Pincushion
This sweet pin cushion celebrates the humble, but "oh so sweet" violet.
OD14 For the Love of Violets - pattern cover
The top of this pincushion features simple embroidered motifs, and a dimensional cluster of double-sided, fabric violets, felt leaves and leaf curls.
The techniques used to create the leaves and blooms may also be used to embellish many other projects… quilts, bears, dolls and more.
For the Love of Violets - flower leaf detail
A decorative piece, this design is also functional… with 3 small pockets, to store your packets of needles, embroidery scissors, threads and other notions.
Each pocket is embroidered with a rather round and happy bumble bee, created with just 3 stitches… back-stitch, satin stitch and French-knots .
For the Love of Violets - bee pocket closeup
For the Love of Violets - bee pocket
The other 3 sides feature lovely, gathered fabric to add texture and compliment the fabric used for the violets.
For the Love of Violets - gathered side panel
The back of the pin cushion is pieced with triangles and pulled in at the centre with a coordinating button.
For the Love of Violets - back of pincushion
“For the Love of Violets” is a small but fun project full of technique variety.
For those who like to combine their love of embroidery, patchwork, dimensional embellishment…
… and of course violets.

For the Love of Violets 2

This new pattern is available for stores to have shipped now.
So please check availability with your local store or the stockists listed at the top left of the blog to purchase.
The patterns are also available to purchase online, on the One Day In May page of the Hugs 'n Kisses online store.
You'll find "For the Love of Violets" towards the bottom of the page. Hugs 'n Kisses ship both within Australia and internationally.

Hoping your day is a happy one,

1 Response

  1. Jenny Schulz

    Oh my goodness – this is not fair! I’m a full time working mum – I can’t be buying these gorgeous things – that never get made. She said with the full intention of buying them anyway! For my retirement chest you undestand – when I can’t afford to buy them.

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