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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.

Tulip (pattern) is generously sponsored by Justine Waugh

Method

Use a mix of running stitch, double running/Holbein stitch and back stitch to follow a route to build up the pattern.

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1

Staring from the centre, stitch the first three stitches.  Each stitch is over two intersections or two threads of the fabric.

2

Work the vertical stamen using Holbein stitch, then work a diagonal back stitch to start the outline.

3

Work the left edge of the tulip using running stitch and back stitch, changing to Holbein stitch for the right edge.

4

Stitch the vertical line in the centre of the flower in Holbein stitch, before stitching the outside.

5

Complete a vertical row in the pattern.

6

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.

7

Continue with more vertical rows, each with the pattern facing the opposite direction.

8

Continue to fill the shape.

Tulip (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Common uses

A lozenge pattern that can be successfully blended with diamond or hexagon patterns.

Embroidery Techniques

Use different weight thread to produce shading within the pattern.

References

  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.152
  • Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010) , p.71