Hand Embroidery Highlight: Rainbow Flowers with Gold Thread on White Cotton

October 01, 2015

I'm excited to highlight another piece of Happy Cactus Hand Embroidery for you this week! Two features set the following piece apart - its square shape and the incorporation of gold thread. 

One-of-a-kind artwork, hand embroidered by Happy Cactus Designs

Many of the other pieces in the collection are circular in shape. Granted, it's easier to create circular works when using a round embroidery hoop. For this piece, I embroidered an array of rainbow flowers in a small square shape. Quite small, in fact! It's only 2" x 2". Working this small takes a lot of patience and focus, but I've impressed myself with the amount of tiny flowers I can fit in such a small area. 

Happy Cactus Designs hand embroidered flowers with embroidery floss and gold thread

To really make this tiny piece pop, I incorporated metallic gold thread into some of the flowers. Gold thread is much tricker to work with than standard cotton embroidery floss - it has a harder texture and takes a bit of practice to figure out what works and what doesn't. It really makes the flowers stand out. 

Hand Embroidery by Happy Cactus Designs

Add a bright red mat board and this piece of artwork really makes a statement. Small, but mighty! Find it in the shop here

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