August Gladiolus Embroidery Pattern

Making the August Gladiolus

Gladiolus is the birth flower for August! This unique plant is such a delight to see with its tall stems all filled with brightly colored flowers. Stitch this design for yourself or gift it to a friend who was born in August! The August Gladiolus is great for beginner and seasoned crafters alike.

Finished August Gladiolus pattern with letters A.U.G. and purple embroidery scissors

Stitches in the August Gladiolus pattern

The August Gladiolus is filled with a bunch of flowers that work their way up the stems. All of these flowers are stitched with the backstitch to help us easily navigate the tight corners. Then, we used small backstitches for the centers with a French knot to reflect all the little stamin! 

close up of gladiolus backstitch embroidery in red.

After the flowers were stitched, we added stems and leaves with stem stitch. To complete the points on the leaves, we stop and start up again to go down the other side. Learn more about going around corners with the stem stitch here. Finally, the whole piece is outlined with a light pink chain stitch

Chain stitch and stem stitch on the August Gladiolus

To learn more about each of the stitches we used, including step-by-step tutorials with pictures, written instructions, and video, check out the embroidery stitches blog.

Close up of leaves and stems in dark green

square finished August Gladiolus embroidery pattern

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August Gladiolus embroidery kit box

August Gladiolus Embroidery Kit

August Gladiolus PDF pattern on ipad image

August Gladiolus PDF Pattern

August Gladiolus refrigerator magnet

August Gladiolus Magnet


The Birth Month Flowers Collection

For the 2023 Embroidery of the Month, we decided to do a series of Birth Month Flowers! Each flower is released in its correlating month (January Carnation in January, for example). All twelve patterns will have the same format and feel, making it a great series to do a quilt or other project with the collection.

Learn about the past Birth Month patterns

hand stitching the August Gladiolus pattern

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Embroidery of the Month - get more info

Learn to stitch with a new embroidery each month.

Are you ready for some happy mail? With the Embroidery of the Month you'll receive a brand new, surprise Penguin & Fish embroidery delivered to your door each month

Stitch all of the Birth Month Flowers in 2023! Each month we'll release the  month's birth flower. All 12 patterns will be similar in format and feel, making this the perfect collection to display together, or make into a quilt or other project. Plus, when you purchase the embroidery kit during the month of the release, you'll receive an exclusive freebie (while supplies last). 

The Embroidery of the Month is about practicing your stitching and make something cute with the Penguin & Fish Family!

Learn more about the Embroidery of the Month

January Carnation finished embroidery pattern

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