Flowers for Elizabeth~Inspirations

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This book is a collection of exquisitely embroidered botanical motifs in celebration of the opulence and beauty of the Elizabethan era.

When acclaimed needlework artist Susan O’Connor set out to celebrate her love of Elizabethan Botanicals, a stitched masterpiece was born. Her stunning wool and cashmere blanket inspired by the sumptuous embroidery of the Elizabethan era took us on a tour of a 16th century garden, showcasing some of the Queen’s favourite fruits and flowers through 24 beautifully designed motifs.

In this new book, Susan has expanded her collection of motifs and created fourteen additional projects including pinwheels for each pair of fruits and flowers, plus a needlebook and scissor sheath to complete a set of beautiful accessories with your chosen motifs.

New photography features throughout, highlighting the beauty and detail of the designs now presented in both wool and silk, along with complete instructions to make the original blanket and new accessories.

Featured Projects: 

  • Flowers for Elizabeth: Blanket by Susan O'Connor
    Decorative blanket showcasing beloved flowers and fruits from Elizabethan gardens, each worked in wool threads
  • Borage & Honeysuckle Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with blue borage and golden honeysuckle
  • Poppy & Columbine Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with bright red field poppy and purple columbine
  • Raspberry & Tulip Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with raspberries, blossoms and purple tulips
  • Primrose & Thistle Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with soft yellow primroses and purple thistles
  • Acorn & Gillyflower Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with gleaming acorns and pink and white gillyflowers
  • Heartsease & Eglantine Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with violet and gold heartsease with pink eglantine and red hips
  • Cornflower & Strawberry Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with blue cornflowers paired with luscious red berries and white blossoms
  • Pomegranate & Cranesbill Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with red fruits beneath delicate blue flowers and green seed pods
  • Peony & Buttercup Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with stunning peony and golden yellow buttercup
  • Pea & English Daisy Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with pea pods, pea flowers and white daisies
  • Pear & Periwinkle Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with ripe, golden pears and delicate periwinkle
  • Plum & Cinquefoil Pinwheel by Susan O'Connor
    Embroidered pinwheel with purple pears, white blossoms and vibrant cinquefoil
  • Scissor Sheath by Susan O'Connor
    The curved upper edge and sprinkle of paillettes adds regal elegance to this silk sheath for your most treasured needlework scissors
  • Needlebook by Susan O'Connor
    The silk needlebook contains wool flannel pages and handy pockets for needle packets