This little floral design - my interpretation of Sea Lavender or Statice - is stitched with Brazilian dimensional embroidery's rayon floss using blanket stitch for the leaves, The Comma (a combination cast-on and bullion that I developed ages ago), and something new -- the Donut Drizzle!
I have pictures.
I'm using Frost-weight floss, #220 periwinkle. Here's how. Make a little "x" on your fabric. Bring the threaded needle up from fabric. Unthread the needle and place it, pointed end down, into a sturdy pincushion. Cast-on 9 loops, drizzle style, over the eye of the needle. Keep the loops nice and even along the needle. Now re-thread the needle (see above).
Slip a pin or needle into the upper drizzle loop (temporarily). Push the threaded needle (holding the cast-on loops) down through the fabric and out.
Next, bring the threaded needle up right next to where you began your drizzle. Bring the threaded needle all the way through and slip it into that upper loop where the pin is inserted. You can remove the pin now.
Holding the loops (so they won't twist), gather everything into a circle, nice and snug. You might need to do a bit of adjusting, but you'll end up with a pretty little circle (or donut) of cast-on loops.
This is the flower. It's just a drizzle, gathered into a circle. Isn't that fun?~~
To finish, the sea lavender needs a center, so I threaded up a strand of Cire #034 (shaded periwinkle) and made a colonial knot in the center. I like to use a colonial knot instead of a French knot just because it's more dimensional, but it also looks very orderly. Like an orderly donut.
Cuthbert offers to hold his thumb (well, I guess it would be a finger since cats don't have thumbs) on the knots, but I gave him a nice pet, pet, and told him to go back to sleep. I think it was the thought of a REAL donut that got his attention:
Here's a picture of the finished Donut Drizzle with the Colonial Donut (er, I meant Knot) in the center. Give it a try - it's so easy and makes lovely little filler flowers. Yum.
I'm getting hungry . . .