The Peony is a traditional symbol of wealth and prosperity in the Far East. Stitch this beautiful flower and turn it into a trinket box, mirror top or pincushion to admire daily.
Originally, peonies were costly and confined to the possession of the elite, so were quickly associated with wealth. If you could afford a peony in your garden you were indeed a rich family. The peony was one of the oldest plants cultivated for its flowers and the Chinese name for it is ‘Sho Yo’, meaning, most beautiful.
Stitch the peony cross stitch on antique white 14-count Aida, following the chart and key below, using two strands of stranded cotton for cross-stitch and one strand for Kreinik cross stitches. Use one strand for backstitch.
Trinket pot stitch count 27h x 31w
Design size 5 x 5.6cm (2 x 21/4in)
You will need
• Kreinik #4 Braid (1 strand)
The peony cross stitch is a must stitch. Keep it for yourself or gift it to a friend as a symbol of beauty.
This free cross stitch chart by Lesley Teare was excerpted from Oriental Cross Stitch, published by David & Charles.