I devised this flower yesterday to go with the recently made hummingbird (scroll down a couple of posts), because you can't have a hummingbird image without a flower, can you?
The leaves are obviously just big rings. The stem is a 1/1 zigzag chain; this is slightly different from a lock stitch chain-- I might do a post on this sometime soon. I ended the chain with a mock picot secured by a lock stitch, to give myself something to join the flower to. If I were going to do it again, though, I would make the flower first and join the stem to it to avoid that extra stitch of green after the join.
I was originally planning to make a simple 5 ring flower in the purple, using dimpled rings to make it more interesting. Then I decided it really needed a pale yellow center to counterbalance those intense plum and jade colors, so I did ordinary rings of yellow in the center with dimpled chains of purple. An added benefit was that I was able to make the petals larger than I would have the other way; also I didn't have to mess around with closing dimpled rings, which is sometimes not that much fun.
The threads are Lizbeth 688 Sea Green Dark, Lizbeth 643 Grape Medium, and DMC 579, the light yellow. The green and the purple are both amazingly close matches for LadyShuttleMaker's "Marina" HDT that I used on the hummingbird.
I have also put an edging on the bag that this is going onto. Now all I have to do is stitch the flower and the hummingbird to the bag. I'll show it again when it's all assembled.
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