Thursday, April 18, 2013

Plumed Thistle Flower


by M. J. Joachim
I had so much fun designing this flower a couple months ago. It’s a fairly simple pattern, though it does take a bit of effort and patience to make. Plumed thistles come in many colors, and can be creatively designed to suit a number of purposes. They would make lovely addition to a permanent crocheted flower arrangement, as well as nice lapel pins for a party. Take your time when making the plumed thistle flower and let the work reveal a masterpiece.
I used size 10 doily thread and 1/2.75 steel hook for the plumed thistle you see pictured.
You Will Need
Crochet thread or yarn & hook
Cotton or poly fiber filling
Straight pins and beads
Pipe cleaner for stem
Base
Step 1:  Chain 2, make 6 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook; join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet
Step 2:  Chain 1, make 2 sc in same place; make 2 sc in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc
[Repeat Step 2 once]
Step 3:  Chain 1, back loop only  single crochet in same place and in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc
[Repeat Step 3 three more times around]


Step 4: (No stress here now!) Chain 1, single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches, single crochet in following stitch – all the way around and join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Note:  If your count is off for any reason and your base still looks okay, don’t worry about it – just finish the round anyway. No need to tear out stitches, as long as you’re still working in the round and your base looks close to the picture.
Step 5:  Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch around
Step 6:  Take back end of hook and poke hole through center of cotton filling. Insert pipe cleaner through cotton filling and pull cotton up along approximately 2/3 of pipe cleaner
Step 7:  Insert bottom part of pipe cleaner through inside center of thistle base; gently stuff cotton into base – I used back of crochet hook to work this step more easily.


Step 8:  Repeat Step 4 (2 times), working around pipe cleaner, until top of base is closed. It’s okay to repeat Step 4 a third time, if necessary.
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.


Flower
Step 1:  Chain 2, make 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook; join with slip stitch to 1st sc
Step 2:  Chain 1, make 2 sc in same stitch and in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Step 3:  Chain 1, sc in same stitch and in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Step 4:  Chain 1, back loop only sc in same stitch and in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
[Repeat Step 4 once]
Step 5:  Insert pipe cleaner through bottom center of flower, so flower can rest on top of base


Step 6:  Stuff flower with cotton, as you did the base. Overstuffing is absolutely fine and will add to the overall effect.
Step 7:  Chain 1, sc in same stitch; sc decrease over next 2 stitches, followed by 1 sc in next stitch, all the way around, as described for closing base around cotton filling.
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
Step 8:  Pull base and flower to top of pipe cleaner. Bend pipe cleaner to secure it at top of flower.
Plumed Thistle Details
Step 1:  Use straight pins and small beads for this step – put 2 beads on straight pin and insert it into base of flower. Continue this step, crisscrossing pins and securing them into the center of the cotton. Placement is completely random.
Step 2:  Repeat Step 1 on flower top, inserting pins even into base as necessary, to secure both base and flower together.


Notes:  I chose clear beads that were a tiny bit larger for my base, and beads that matched my flower top for that portion. I also used only 2 beads on bottom, but chose to use 3 beads on my flower.  The process requires patience, as it is a bit time consuming and can be tricky, as you weave the pins through the flower and base to secure the beads.
Step 3: Once you are completely satisfied with the overall appearance of your plumed thistle, fold up the pipe cleaner and twist into a stem around the base of your flower. Wrap with floral tape if desired.
All patterns for A – Z Challenge 2013 are originals designed and created by me, so please abide by all copyright laws. However, you are more than welcome to link to my work. In fact, I would very much appreciate it if you do. Thank you!


Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (©2013 All Rights Reserved); common plumed thistle, Evelyn Simak, Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic
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