This pattern is made up of a series of interlocking hexagons, joined in columns by a straight stitch; the pattern resembles a line of tulips with their stamens.
It is a mid-scale pattern and works well in more organic designs.
Staring from the centre, stitch the first three stitches. Each stitch is over two intersections or two threads of the fabric.
Work the vertical stamen using Holbein stitch, then work a diagonal back stitch to start the outline.
Work the left edge of the tulip using running stitch and back stitch, changing to Holbein stitch for the right edge.
Stitch the vertical line in the centre of the flower in Holbein stitch, before stitching the outside.
Bring your needle up two threads to the right of the tip of the last tulip and work a second row, starting from the bottom up. This time the pattern should face in the opposite direction.
Continue with more vertical rows, each with the pattern facing the opposite direction.
Structure of stitch
A lozenge pattern that can be successfully blended with diamond or hexagon patterns.
Use different weight thread to produce shading within the pattern.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.152
Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010) , p.71