A little cow parsley stitch-along…

A little cow parsley stitch-along…

I love to embroider. I spend countless hours creating art with thread. Nature as always is my inspiration. My stitches follow nature – whether it be holly bushes or the new robin in my garden..

At this time of the year our hedgerows are filled with graceful cow parsley stems, their delicate white flowers dipping and rising in the breeze. There are many plants that look like cow parsley but are actually a different plant but for this stitch-along, we’ll call it all cow parsley!

I am often inspired to stitch cow parsley and it remains one of my most popular bag designs. I thought it would be fun to have a little stitch- along.

If you’re new to embroidery – I’ll help get you started and if you’re a dab hand, why not join in anyway?

If you have the opportunity to find and examine cow parsley, I would encourage you to do so but be careful you don’t confuse it with hogweed or hemlock – as that is poisonous – if in doubt, leave well alone.Ā  It helps to look at the little flowers in close up, even though we are going to stitch a very simplified version.

Maybe even try a little sketch or watercolour for your wall?

Start to think about your fabric and your thread colours – they don’t have to be green and cream – go to town and choose threads to match your fabric – perhaps you’ll make a bag from it.


The design will require only a few different stitches and once you’ve mastered them, you’ll be able to stitch so many different things.

When thinking about your fabric, decide whether you want to make something from your embroidery or keep it in a hoop as art for your wall – that will determine the size of your fabric.

In the next post and in the first YouTube tutorial, I’ll go into what supplies you’ll need.

In the meantime – go and have a look at some cow parsley šŸ™‚


Sherry Iris – Cow Parsley Embroidery Pattern


  • Kate F
    20th May 2019 1:01 am

    I would love to do this stitch along! Cow Parsley is very dear to my heart! Many decades ago my now-husband took me to meet his parents for the first time. They lived at the edge of the woods and had many beautiful gardens around their yard. When we arrived, his mother was in the garden with a box containing multiple cans of bright spray paint. She was spray painting all her cow parsley (Queen Anne’s Lace) with brightly colored paint to “brighten” the garden in welcome of this young woman her son was so smitten with! It was an Alice in Wonderland moment and I knew I was in the right place! Cow parsley always makes me smile!

    • sherryiris
      20th May 2019 9:04 am

      Yay! What an absolutely lovely story – that has put a smile on my face for the day! šŸ™‚

    • PennyL
      24th May 2019 8:48 pm

      So, so lovely!

  • Margaret Rose Stringer
    20th May 2019 2:19 am

    Downunder we don’t have any cow parsley, I believe …
    I lied just then: https://www.gardensonline.com.au/gardenshed/plantfinder/show_1634.aspx
    I might grow some in a pot.
    Your embroidery is lovely – thanks for showing it.

    • sherryiris
      20th May 2019 9:03 am

      Oh yes – grow some! You just might want to stitch some then šŸ™‚

  • PennyL
    24th May 2019 8:51 pm

    Iā€™m definitely up for a Cow Parsley stitchalong. ( putting it like that makes me sound almost young and trendy but Iā€™m nearly 58!!)

  • Julie
    5th July 2019 8:10 am

    Hi Sherry, I would love to join in with this stitch along. I can only find this post, have you done anymore?
    Julie x

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