I love Clematis flowers….
For the longest time I wasn’t able to grow it. We had a golden retriever named Trixie who found it to be a tasty snack. I probably tried at least a dozen times to buy it and plant it only to have Trixie eat it. I gave up … until she died. Now I can grow Clematis, but I can’t help but think about her fond craving for it every time I look at it growing outside.
My hubby made me a pretty trellis so that it climb up the brick at the side of our house. See how I get my inspirations?
Since I wasn’t sure that I could pull off the perfect image of this that was in my head ….
I picked some of the real flowers, along with the leaves and laid them out on the lattice background. I liked how it looked so …
Onward we go. I’ll show you how to make this!
Now please remember, I’m doing this tutorial so that you can see it’s pretty easy to stitch and you’ll want to purchase the pattern to make it for yourself. I really hope that ya’ll know that you will have to buy the pattern to make it and not try to make it without the purchased pattern .. that would be a form of stealing and it would make me sad….
The pattern is sold HERE ON MY WEBSITE! The wool kit is also available.
Ok, here goes! …..Starting with the background wool, I quickly basted right up the center of the wool to make it easier to center the lattice strips.
This basting stitch will be removed once the lattice is stitched on.
I lined up my first set of lattice strips, measuring according to the pattern directions to get them centered correctly. The pattern has a layout guide which will really help with getting those first strips placed exactly right.
To make it easier to keep the strips at an equal distance apart, I cut squares of paper to set inbetween the strips. I pinned the strips in place. I lined up the center points of the lattice with the center basting stitch on the background wool. Be sure the strips overhang the edges at least 1 inch so that they can be turned under once the backing is stitched.
Pinning just a few rows at a time, I blanket stitched all sides.
Pinning and stitching a few rows makes it easier to keep the strips spaced correctly. You can see that the strips are woven in a out like a basket-weave.
This does take some time, but if you use lots of pins, it’s really not difficult. The spacing doesn't even have to be perfect because the flowers and leaves will cover up any flaws.
After all the lattice is stitched, There are two ways to handle the lattice edges. On way is to flip the table runner over and cut off the white lattice tails to make them even with the black background wool. This leaves all those edges exposed and needing a lot of extra stitching once the backing is put on.
The pictures for that will be shown down below along with the backing instructions.
Ok, the lattice is finished! Time for the clematis flowers!
There are 4 large clematis flowers and two smaller sized flowers that are stitched onto the background lattice.
I'm using two different shades of purple. One shade of purple for the large flowers and another shade of purple for the smaller flowers. Purple is my favorite clematis color. Whatever your favorite clematis color is, it will look beautiful on this table runner too!
The flowers are super easy to stitch. I pinned the first one on and just did a backstitch up each one of the flower petals.
I pulled the thread tight before knoting it in the back so that the petal is just a bit puckered. If you don’t want the petals to pucker, then be sure to loosely stitch that backstitch.
For the clematis flower center, I whipstitched it in place and then …
See how the flower center looks on the real flower? I tried to duplicate that …
To do that, with knotted thread, I took a stitch from the top.
The knot with the little tail is pulled down and now …
I repeated this all around the outside edge. Make as few or as many as you wish but I found that making lots of the loose tails looked a bit too messy. I’m quite happy with the look of them just around the outside edge.
It’s just about done! I just need to attach the backing.
The flowers and leaves can be arranged however you wish. The picture on the front of the printed pattern is just one way to arrange them.
Now for the backing!
Like I mentioned earlier, the lattice edges can be trimmed, even with the black background. Those lattice edges all need to be securely stitched down, if done this way.
The other way to handle those lattice edges is to fold the extended edges under, tucking it down between the background wool and the backing fabric.....
Pin the lattice areas down. The folded extended lattice will now be tucked between the background wool and the backing.
For the backing, I used black cotton fabric. If you prefer to use wool for the backing, simply cut/tear the wool the exact same size as your background wool. Pin the edges together and blanket stitch around all the edges, using ecru thread for the white lattice and black thread for the black background edges.
For the cotton fabric backing, I cut the rectangle 1” larger than the the wool background and ironed a 1/2” around the edge. After pinning the backing on, I blanket stitched around the edges … using black thread in the black areas and ecru thread on the white lattice areas.
I know that takes extra time to switch over and change the thread color … if you don’t want to go to that extra effort, it could be done in all white threads or all black threads.
Either way … it will turn out absolutely gorgeous!
The pattern is available on my website, http://www.cathspenniesdesigns . CLICK HERE to go to the "Climbing Clematis" pattern page.
Finished size is 10" x 26"
Here's one with different colors
The Climging Clematis shown below is the first one I made.
The clematis flowers are arranged differently and there are extra leaves on it.
Happy Day everyone!