Blackwork fleur de lis patterns

Take the traditional fleur-de-lis (sometimes spelled fleur-de-lys) shape and add creativity. What do you get? Three variations in blackwork.

The direct translation from the French term would be flower of the lily, and we have used the symbol throughout history for various purposes.

It is in Coats of Arms, flags, city emblems and seals throughout the world. If you travel to the French Canadian regions such as Quebec or Nova Scotia, the Southern US states of New Orleans, Missouri and Louisiana, Scotland and England, you will see the design used.

It has religious connotations also, with the three petals representing the Holy Trinity and the surrounding band, the Virgin Mary.

Each design below features my interpretation of this decorative element.

Valour

Design size: 7.5 x 7.6 inches

Closest to the original design, Valour uses purple and gold thread. The scouting movement also use this variation. The strong looking fills, reminiscent of chain mail, in this blackwork pattern represent bravery and courageousness.

Downloadable chart £2.50

Wisdom

Design size: 5.5 x 7 inches

Do you see the resemblance to an iris flower in this beautiful design? The iris is another definition of the fleur-de-lis. 

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Faith

Design size: 7.6 x 8.2 inches

The third design in the range is an ornamental interpretation of the basic shape known as the "au pied pose" which has a triangular shape below the gold band.

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If your room has fleur-de-lis wallpaper, then one of these blackwork designs framed and hung, can really complement it.


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