Vibrant Poppies Project DESIGNED BY AMANDA GREGORY Lest we forget These cross stitch poppies help remember and honour the past while displaying your hope for a peaceful future Lovely realistic shading A field of red poppies delicately waving in the breeze is a beautiful sight to behold. But beyond their floral magnificence, the poppy has come to signify a whole lot more, as we commemorate the brave servicemen and women who lost their lives in the line of duty during World War I and other conflicts. Amanda’s poppy portrait brings the beauty of a watercolour illustration to these special blooms, with their bold heads balanced on succulent green stems and framed by green foliage and halos reminiscent of clear blue skies. From the buds to the blooms, all the aspects of a classic red poppy are brought to life in this scene worked Factb Stitching Time Approx. 45 hours Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch Ease of Stitching Advanced beginner in whole cross stitch with backstitch outlines. The details in the flower heads are then defined with just a few fractional stitches. The shape and large size of Amanda’s design makes it ideal to finish as a shopper tote bag or cosy cushion, too. Meet the designer Amanda Gregory I love to see a meadow full of bright poppies as they’re such a glorious sight and so uplifting. I gave this design a washy blue background to give the image more of a delicate watercolour painting feel. www.gathered.how/woxs The World of Cross Stitching 26
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