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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tudor Rose

Recently, while browsing Craftgawker, I came across this tutorial on Ricochet and Away! (originally by savvyseams.com) which explains how to sew a beautiful Tudor Rose. Today I decided to give the project a whirl and I'm really pleased with the results. When I first saw the photo of the Tudor Rose I assumed that it was small, maybe only a few inches in size, so I was surprised to print out the pattern pieces and discover that the flower is actually over 12" in diameter. Since the rose is so big, I decided that it would make a beautiful embellishment for a throw pillow for my bed.

I have most of the flower completed and now I'm working on the smocking for the center of the rose. I love that this project is teaching me a new technique...Canadian Smocking. It's surprisingly easy and the results are stunning...I can think of lots of future projects where it could be incorporated!

Now, I just need to decide how to finish off the rest of the pillow (colors, shape, etc.)...I promise to post photos of the finished product soon!

Update: View the finished pillow here!

On a completely unrelated note...it was a beautiful day here in Southern California. Andrew and I made the most of it by spending some time at the beach this morning...delightful! It wasn't quite bathing suit weather, but the sunshine and scenery were idyllic nonetheless. As you can just barely see in the photo below, I took my oilcloth tote and used it as a beach bag!

I hope you're having a great weekend!


  1. It looks fabulous and what a great idea for a pillow! I`m gonna have to go have a look at this myself, I`m thinking it would be a great embellishment on a handbag in a smaller version - thanks for sharing!

  2. As always, it's great to see what creative projects you have decided to do. As a Canadian, I can tell you that I've seen that same Canadian smocking pattern you are using for your Tudor Rose. My aunties made lots of accent cushions for their "chesterfields" using this pattern. Most of these cushions were done in satin, in rich colours like burgundy, royal blue, and emerald. Those colours, in satin really show off the smocking pattern, as the light catches the folds and swirls.

    You're the beautiful beach princess, I've known since you were 2. :)

  3. I love the Tudor Rose!  I'm looking forward to seeing the Canadian smocking.

  4. The first tudor rose I sewed was with a very similar grey suiting fabric.  I love how the resulting flower looks like a stone relief carving.  Thanks for the mention!

  5. Rikka...I agree, I really like the monochromatic look! Thanks again for posting this tutorial on your site, I'm so glad to have found it! I just posted photos of my finished pillow here: http://www.twinkleandtwine.com/2012/03/update-tudor-rose-pillow.html.

  6. Thanks, Holly! The smocking was fun and I think the results are really neat looking!

  7. Hi Judith! I love the idea of using satin for the smocking, I can imagine that it would look beautiful with the light reflecting off of it...perhaps a future project! :)

  8. I love the intricacy of this flower and I think it would look wonderful in a smaller size. If you end up trying a smaller version, I'd love to hear how it turns out!


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