Invermay Wildflowers by Alison Cole
3rd December 2021
One of the most beautiful spring scenes you can imagine is a green field, bathed in sunlight, and covered in a carpet of multi-coloured wildflowers.
Although most keen gardeners enjoy growing flowers in the confines of their gardens, wildflowers are something special. They’re often delicate, with intricately constructed petals and brilliant colours, but when they’re viewed en masse, they produce colour like nothing else.
Every country, and indeed every region has its own unique set of wildflowers. Some are known the world over, such as the Edelweiss, a wildflower native to the mountainous parts of Central Europe and the common poppy, once considered a weed, which would appear in cornfields and on other tracts of ploughed land.
But most wildflowers are unique to an area and therefore only known within that area. Even then, locals may see them but not really know what they are.
In her latest design, Invermay Wildflowers, from Inspirations issue #112, Alison Cole has selected three stunning wildflowers native to her local area in Victoria, Australia.
The violet coloured Hardenbergia is also known as the Purple Coral Pea or False Sarsaparilla. Dillwynia is a delicate bloom in vivid reds and golds that blooms on a small shrub. The delightfully named Goodenia is a perennial herb with butter yellow flowers and rich green leaves.
Alison has selected these unusual flowers not merely for their wonderful colour, but also because of the interesting shape of the blooms. By fashioning them in stumpwork, the stitcher gets the added pleasure of carefully constructing the shape and texture of each flower, adding in the tiny details to ensure they look realistic.
Tweezers are probably an essential tool to have on hand for anyone creating their own Invermay Wildflowers. Even stitchers with the tiniest fingers may find it difficult to accurately place the elements when putting this project together. A pair of fine pointed tweezers will make the process much easier.
When completed, the brilliantly coloured wildflowers on the dark silk dupion background will look stunning on any wall.
This beautiful piece provides a wonderful taste of the brilliance that nature has to offer. And it will encourage anyone who sees it to take a bit of time to appreciate the wonderful floral show that appears in national parks, fields, roads and verges and that, we would argue, could easily compare with any beautifully cultivated garden.
Make Your Own Invermay Wildflowers
Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions
Invermay Wildflowers by Alison Cole is a superb stumpwork study of Australian wildflowers in rich shades of purple and yellow.
Inspirations Issue 112
Invermay Wildflowers – i112 Digital
Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit
The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Invermay Wildflowers includes everything* you need to re-create this stunning scene: Fabrics (unprinted), embroidery threads, wire and needles.
*Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step directions on how to create this project, please refer to the magazine/digital pattern.