Long and Short Stitches Only the outermost edge of the motif is actually worked in long and short stitches, with the smooth edge at the outside. After that, all the stitches are the same length, but laid into each other like bricks in a walkway. By splitting the thread of the upper stitch with the needle when making the stitch below it, one can achieve a smooth blending of color.
A favoured motif for Elizabethan and Jacobean embroiderers, the Gillyflower design is a pretty way to decorate a shirt pocket or use a row of them on a guest towel. - Free Project: Freestyle Embroidery Gillyflower - Embroidery at BellaOnline