May Lily of the Valley Embroidery Pattern

Making the May Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley is the birth month flower for May! These elegant little flowers and large green leaves are sure to bring the peace associated with this plant. Stitch this design for yourself or gift it to a friend who was born in May! The May Lily of the Valley is great for beginner and seasoned crafters alike.

May Lily of the Valley finished pattern with letters M.A.Y.

Stitches in the Lily of the Valley pattern

Lily of the Valley plants have large, green leaves with multiple, small flowers blooming from a single stem. This pattern reflects the size difference as well as the texture for each part of this plant with different stitches. 

To start, we outlined the May Lily of the Valley pattern with split stitch in a light blue. Then, for the large leaves we stuck with a simple backstitch to outline and a running stitch for the veins. 

Close up of stitches, backstitch, running stitch, stem stitch

After the leaves, we worked on the stem for the flowers, which we used the stem stitch for. This stitch gives a nice flowing look to the stems and sets them apart from the flowers, which are done with the backstitch again. Finally, we filled in the flowers with some straight stitches in two different colors, Snowflake and Fawn, then added some pollen centers with a satin stitch.

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 lily of the valley embroidery flowers in white with yellow centers

Finished lily of the valley embroidery square

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May Lily of the Valley embroidery kit box

May Lily of the Valley Embroidery Kit

May Lily of the Valley PDF Pattern

May Lily of the Valley PDF Pattern

Lily of the Valley fridge magnet

May Lily of the Valley 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 may lily of the valley embroidery pattern

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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!

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January Carnation finished embroidery pattern

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