Julie Zaichuk-Ryan from Button Button joined us earlier this year with her popular Star Hexies tutorial. She’s back with a sweet, spring embroidery project she created with her co-designer (and mother!) Chris. Julie and Chris are the talent behind Little Dorrit & Co., an original embroidery design shop focused on a love of story; you can find beautiful images from Shakespeare, fairy tales, Jane Austen, Dickens and more!

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    “Oh, Tiger Lily,” said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, “I wish you could talk!”

    “We can talk,” said the Tiger Lily, “when there is anybody worth talking to.”

    Alice was so astonished that she couldn’t speak for a minute; it quite seemed to take her breath away. At length, as the Tiger Lily only went on waving about, she spoke again, in a timid voice—almost in a whisper. “And can all the flowers talk?”

    “As well as you can,” said the Tiger Lily. “And a great deal louder.”
    — Lewis Carroll,
    Through The Looking-Glass

Although Little Dorrit & Co. is an embroidery pattern shop, we think of ourselves as illustrators as well as embroiderers; more than anything, we love pulling a wonderful scene or beloved character out of a favorite novel and stitching it out in thread.

What better scene to stitch up for springtime than Alice’s garden of talking flowers? Alice unknowingly wanders into a most curious garden– where she meets a Tiger Lily, a Rose, a Larkspur, a Violet and a handful of Daisies– none quite sure about what type of flower Alice herself is! We illustrated this scene with our thread and now you can too! Download your free Alice’s Garden PDF Pattern here.

We’ve stitched up our little garden scene in bright, cheerful colors and worked most of our embroidery in four strands of embroidery floss for thick, bold lines.

We stuck to the basic embroidery stitches– detached chain stitches (aka lazy daisy stitch), back stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, chain stitch and french knots– but of course you can work yours in any stitches that take your fancy. Go crazy! This is Wonderland, after all!

One little tip: to give your flowers sweet, dainty little faces, go down to two strands of embroidery floss and make the smallest french knot eyes you can manage!

This embroidery pattern will print at about 7” at its widest point and was designed to fit perfectly in a hoop with a diameter of 8” for easy framing. Happy Stitching!