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Requirements:  Stranded cottons in your choice of  Green, Pale yellow, and white                                                 2 x 35cm (14") lengths of 30-gauge white cake decorators' wire                                                               The background fabric and calico as you used for your Buttercup                                                                                    An extra piece of calico for working the petals
Other requirements as for Buttercup
I am assuming that you have already worked your Buttercup, so draw or trace the pattern for the Nodding Lily in the position shown, omitting the dotted lines, and mount your fabric in the larger hoop, making sure the fabric is taut.  Using green work the stems in Stem stitch.  Work a row of Stem stitch to outline the leaves, and fill in the leaves with rows of close Stem Stitch so that no fabric shows through the stitching.
Now mount the smaller piece of calico in the smaller hoop.  Cut each length of wire into 4 pieces.  Shape one of these short lengths to the shape shown on the pattern.The Buttercup petals were round, those of the Lily are more of an oval shape.  Using oner strand of White thread attach one shaped wire to the calico with 3-4 holding stitches.  Still using the white thread, buttonhole over the wire, through the calico, keeping your stitches close to the wire and completely covering it.  When you have worked right round the petal in this way, fill in the petal with vertical satin stitch, still using one strand of white thread. Work 8 petals in this way.                                               When all the petals have been worked, cut carefully around each petal, as closely as you can to the stitching.  Run the back of your scissors along the cut edge and trim off any little 'whiskers'.
In the same way as you attached the Buttercup petals, by sliding the two wires from one petal down beside the eye of the knitter's needle, attach 3 petals at the end of each curved stem so that the petals turn up as shown.. Turn the work over and take one wire from each of two petals.  Attach to the calico backing as you did the Buttercup.  Just below the 3 petals work 3-4 bullion stitches using two strands of Pale Yellow thread, coming to a point at the bottom where you will work a French knot with the same thread.  At the top of the longest stem attach the remaining two petals as shown, then using 2 strands of green work detached chain stitches to represent the sepals at the back of the flower.  Your garden bed should now look something like this:
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Here is the first flower to start your garden for your Butterfly to play in

1 x 6" embroidery hoop
1 x 4" embroidery hoop
Firm Background fabric in color of your choice - 30x20cm (12"x8")
Homespun or calico 30x20 (12"x8")
Homespun or calico 15x15cm (5"x6")
2 / 14" lengths 30 gauge white cake decorators wire
2 shades of yellow stranded cotton or rayon thread
Green stranded cotton
Fine crewel needle
Large chenille or knitter's needle
(In the sample I have used DMC 502 for the stems and leaves, and Rajmahal Art Silk 91 and 93 for the buttercup)
Rule a light line in washaway pen across your main fabric about two-thirds of the way down from the top.  This will be the line of the garden bed.  Slightly left of centre trace the solid lines of the pattern, omitting the dotted petals.

Mount the background fabric and larger piece of calico together in the larger hoop and pull taut before tightening the screw very firmly.
Using one strand of green thread work stems in stem stitch.  With the  same thread work a row of backstitch around one of the leaves, then fill in leaf shape with slanting satin stitch, working from the centre vein and covering the backstitch which is there to give a firm edge to the leaf.  Work all three leaves in this way.
    Mount the smaller piece of calico firmly in the smaller hoop.  Cut both lengths of wire into 4, lay one short length across the barrel of a pen or pencil and shape into a circle.  Pinch the wires together at the base leaving the two long ends hanging, and slide off the pen.
    With one strand of paler yellow thread attach the shaped wire to the calico in the hoop with 3 stitches around the circle and a stitch across both wires at the base.  Using the same thread buttonhole closely over the wire, through the calico, with the loops on the outside of the wire, the stitches close together and close to the wire.  Still with the paler yellow fill in the petal shape with vertical satin stitch but leaving a small triangle unstitched at the base.  Fill this section with stitches in the darker yellow, making some of the stitches longer to blend into the pale yellow.  Work 4 more petals in this way.  When all 5 petals have been worked, cut them out as closely as you can to the outside of the buttonhole stitches and trim off any little whiskers.
    At a point on the small circle at the top of the longer stem insert the knitter's needle down to the eye which will open the fabric sufficiently to slide the two wires from a petal down alongside the eye.  Repeat this for each petal so they are evenly spaced around the circle. Turn the work over and take a wire from each of 2 adjoining petals. Stitch these two wires to the calico only for a little over 1cm (1/4") with a few overcasting stitches, bend the wires back on themselves and catch with 2 or 3 more stitches back to the centre before cutting off the excess wire.  Repeat for all 5 petals.
    On the right side of the piece use 2 strands of the darker yellow to work some French knots to fill the centre of the flower, and with the same thread work 3 detached chain (lazy daisy) stitches one on top of the other to form the bud.  Work a green flystitch around the bud to attach it to the stem.

Wasn't that easy?    Keep watching for the next flower for your garden.

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