Red Flowers was an experiment. I started by making various flower shapes on graph paper. Then I put them in the computer so I could "play" with them. The first thing I noticed while copying, pasting and moving flowers was that the shape of one of the flowers formed a pattern when it was repeated next to itself. So, I made a background of just that flower shape in a size to fit in a 4 x 6 frame (I had an empty frame to fill - why not make the stitching fit the frame instead of the other way around).
Then I filled in the background with random flower shapes. If you look at the upper right flower, you will see that it recedes into the background because it is sitting directly on the background. All the others pop out at you. I added some stems to connect the flowers and I was done designing.
There was nothing fancy about stitching the pattern. I used a remnant of Aida cloth and DMC floss. I was afraid that the background would be tedious to stitch, but it wasn't. I worked my way around the flowers and stems that were stitched first. The flowers are different enough that I didn't get confused on where I was on the chart. It went much faster than I imagined.
As I stitched, I had more ideas on what to do with the flowers and my next design was born. More on that design later.
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