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If like most gardeners you prefer that the beauty of the Scottish thistle contain itself to the house, rather than inflict its thorny presence on the perennial border--you might wish to reopen the pages of the Little Lord Fauntleroy issue of The Storybook Home Journal (Vol.6 No.3) where Ashton, Elspeth and Al remade a forlorn thrift store Grandfather clock over into the fabulous treasure pictured here.
Or if you prefer to ply a needle rather than a paintbrush, try the handsome thistle design, below, by Paula Kate Marmor from her treat-of-a-website, Elizabethan Blackwork: The Blackwork Embroidery Archives. And if you're not in a thistle mood, browse your way through all her historically inspired embroidery patterns until you find something that suits your fancy--it's almost sure to be there. (I'm particularly fond of her daffodils!)
Though drawn especially for blackwork, any canny needlewoman can readily adapt her delightful counts-and-threads to crosstitch or needlepoint use.
Thistle blackwork pattern copyright 2005 by Paula Kate Marmor