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Iris Tile or Book Cover

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Not included. Instructions can be found in Book 7.
Skill level:

This elegant tile features a slightly enlarged version of the iris from the Syrian Pomegranate Tile

Combining goldwork and surface embroidery techniques, this rectangular panel is worked on a dark cream silk background with silks, gold metallic threads and beads.  The design comprises a stylised iris flower and buds, enclosed by an ogival border worked in beads, gimp and gold metallic threads. 

As I wished to use this panel as a book cover, the lower petals of the iris have been embroidered on the silk background rather than being detached. The finished piece may also be framed or used as the front of a small evening bag.

Kit Contents

This embroidery kit contains all materials required to work this project:

  • Cream silk dupion (enough for book cover)
  • calico
  • tracing paper
  • Stef Francis Viscose Gimp
  • Beads (includes 2 whole packs) and gold pearls.
  • Threads:
    • Soie d'Alger silks
    • gold metallic threads
    • nylon thread

Equipment Required

You will also require the following equipment, which is not included in the kit:

  • 9" or 10" embroidery hoop
  • Needles:
    • Crewel/Embroidery size 10
    • Sharps or Straw/Milliners size 9
    • Sharps size 12
    • Tapestry size 28
    • Sharp Yarn Darners sizes 14 - 18


If you wish to make a book cover, the panel has been designed to fit a 9 cm x 14 cm (3½" x 5½") MOLESKINE ®  diary or address book. You will also need cream sewing thread. The panel may also be framed as a tile.

Skill level: Easy