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Sunday, March 11, 2012


The Pansy is a large group of hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers. Pansies are derived from Viola species Viola tricolor hybridized with other viola species, these hybrids are referred to as Viola × wittrockiana[1] or less commonly Viola tricolor hortensis. The name "pansy" also appears as part of the common name for other Viola species that are wildflowers in Europe. Some unrelated species, such as the Pansy Monkeyflower, also have "pansy" in their name. (from Wikipedia)

These sweet violas came home with me today.
I totally love pansies and violas. Totally.

One of my most favorite tops was made several years ago,
featured in Sew Beautiful Magazine.

I used Madeira rayon thread to embroider the Jenny Haskins pansies on linen table topper used as the collar on this blouse. The hemstitching and the sage band were already on the topper. What a time saver!

 The I turned a portion of the design into an applique (but removed linen fabric and added silk organza to the area) and stitched the grid portion with Sulky 2116.
The back of the collar.
Each sleeve sports a different motif. 
This one embellished with a Bernina lace monogram.

And this one, simply more pansies.

The beautiful embroidery designs are by my dear friend Jenny Haskins.
This is an older embroidery design set and can be purchased HERE.
Go to Jenny's website HERE and see some of the most beautiful embroidery designs, ever.

A long time ago, I had also created this window shade for Designs in Embroidery Magazine (did I say a long time ago?)...  Note the use of a different pansy motif. These are Bernina Debbie Mumm embroidery designs and the project can be found on the web HERE.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. I love hearing from you and seeing by your comments that you've been here. Have a blessed week!


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Wowie zowie! This is amazing work! Such lovely pansies! Hope you're doing well!

Miss Char said...

Beautiful work Marlis, I was just thinking about pansies this morning. Your sewing skills are wonderful, I appreciate you sharing your work with us. Happy Monday.

Kuby said...

I adore Jenny's designs. I absolutely love the pansies! I love them on that collar. Oh my just fabulous! The real pansies are wonderful also.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I look forward to pansies all winter! Spring has sprung, and thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!

Babs said...

Marlis, your pansies and violas are so sweet, and your top is a work of art. Oh my, so much beautiful work on it. I'll bet you get lots of compliments on it.

Rettabug said...

I'm so sorry I wasn't getting Sew Beautiful back then! Thank you SEW much for sharing your beautiful creation...you did a fabulous job on it. I love the chiffon grid! I have not tried doing that...YET.

Thanks for sharing & explaining. You've inspired me!

Happy Early St. Patrick's Day!


Oh Marlis, you're so talented, your embroider skills are way to the top! Thank you for sharing, I love to hand embroider, but not as gorgeous as yours. Thank you for sharing and I love pasies in anything. Lots of hugs,


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