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It’s all about flowers lately


My recently finished embroidery – this delicate Lily of the valley cross stitched on 28-count (28 cross stitches per inch) off white linen using one thread of DMC floss. Unframed above and framed with this beautiful French frame bellow.

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I had a hard time finding an oval frame for this embroidery in Hong Kong. After a while of unsuccessful searching, I ended up buying this frame from an antique dealer in France and shipping it to Hong Kong. The frame is XIX c. wooden gilded frame with stucco bouquets of flowers and engraved foliage between them. It is, just like the dealer says, magnifique! I love it and it goes perfectly with the embroidery. It’s made curved at the top and my guess is that it was made for a painting that did not required glass to be installed over it. The framer did not realize it at first and his attempt at putting glass in ended up in fiasco with glass breaking. So instead he installed plexiglass, which is an alternative to glass, to cover the embroidery.


Continue with my embroideries – the second pansies shoe and a tea cozy are my current work in progress. The photo above (the roses) is my embroidery in progress. It is for the tea cozy. Both its sides will be embroidered with different flowers and with a “L” monogram in the middle. Since my husband’s and my last names both start with L, it works perfectly for our monogram.


Porcelain lily-of-the-valley you see in my pictures is the work of Vladimir Kanevsky. You can find more of his beautiful flowers here.


One thought on “It’s all about flowers lately

  1. Yodit Whipple says:

    Hi Irina,
    It was a great pleasure meeting you and walking with you today. Thank you for your willingness to put aside your power walk to talk to me. I hope we make it to the beach before I return to Texas. Talk to you soon

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