Amazon Velvet

Model:

  • Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Raisin by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 13“ x 13“ (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 185 x 184

  • Stitched 2 over 2


Threads:

  • All DMC

About the design:

This design was inspired by a trip I took to the Amazon last summer. While there, we took a small boat back into the flooded jungle to a pool full of giant lily pads and caiman (the Brazilian cousins of alligators). The giant water lily (Victoria amazonica) has leaves that are 7 feet across and covered with spines. The flowers measure 12 inches across and the first night they open, they are white (and look like the one in this design), female, and release a scent to attract their beetle pollinator. At dawn, they close, trapping the beetle inside. After it has been pollinated during the day, the flower becomes male and its own pollen gets stuck to the beetle. By nightfall, when the flower opens for the second time to release the beetle, it is male and a rich, pale magenta in color.

The ‘dragonfly’ in this pattern is modeled after the stunning Brazilian species called Diastatops obscura by scientists (I wasn’t able to locate a common name). It is a large species that truly has a black head and thorax, red abdomen, and iridescent black wings.

Released in 2005