Here's my latest cross-stitch design available on patternsonline.
I have 4 of these 3x3 inch frames and I need to get them filled. I decided to stitch various flowers from my garden and picked blue flax for the first flower.
As you can see the stems and leaves are very delicate and they have a blueish-purple flower.
This is Linum Lewissi named for Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame.
Linen, the fabric I often stitch on is made from Linum Usitatissumum. Blue flax must have similar characteristics because my wildflower guide states that the American Indians did twist the stems into fishing lines.
It is very difficult to photograph flax on a windy day. But, I discovered that they make great shadows.
On my to-do list is to play with some of the shadow photos on Photoshop. If I can get a pleasing arrangement I may try a feature of my cross-stitch software that I haven't used yet. I can upload a photo and have it automatically converted into a chart. I'd like to see what it will come up with and maybe put a flower saying over the top of it.
On my to-do list is also to design 3 more flowers to complete the set.