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A design fit for a King

This time last month the bunting was out, Coronation quiches were being made and street parties were well underway… it was Coronation Day! To celebrate this moment in history, I designed a commemorative floral heart. At the start of the year, I began thinking of ideas for a special design to mark the Coronation. You may already know that before I started Hannah Burbury Designs, I attended the Prince’s Trust Enterprise course, so I thought it was apt to create a design in honour of His Majesty, who founded the Prince’s Trust.

After designing a heart last year to commemorate late Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, I wanted to create a design that not only had personal meaning to King Charles III and Queen Camilla but also a design which gave a sense of celebration in the form of flowers. I started by researching King Charles' favourite flower and was delighted to discover he loves delphiniums. When the Chelsea Flower Show went online during the pandemic, His Majesty revealed his favourite flower. I haven’t used delphiniums in my designs before, so I began by researching the shape of the flower and petals and all the different colours.

I started by drawing the delphiniums and then incorporated a mixture of wildflowers into the heart design. I hope that the mixture of wildflowers would represent His Majesty’s passion for the environment and nature. I included Queen Anne’s lace to represent Her Majesty Queen Camilla and lily of the valley in memory of our late Queen Elizabeth II, as this was her favourite flower. Various meadow flowers emerge within the heart design which beautifully complement the delphinium flowers which take pride of place in the heart.

Here is the finished Charles heart. The design is worked using various embroidery stitches which makes up the Charles heart design.

Each embroidery kit includes all the materials needed to complete the heart, including, two pieces of wool felt with the design screen printed on the wool felt. DMC embroidery threads, linen ribbon, embroidery needle and a project workbook which includes full step-by-step instructions and stitch diagrams. All you will need is toy filling and a pair of scissors.

I’m pleased the Charles heart has been so popular since its launch last month. I hope you are enjoying making this special design. Please do send me photos of your completed Charles hearts – I absolutely love seeing what you have made.

If you are feeling inspired to make your own, then please click here to shop.

Happy Stitching!

Hannah x


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