I have used florists wire and wadding to create a 3-D effect and keep the petals in place. The centre is kept in shape with the inside of an embroidery hoop. The back is just as pretty as the front so it can be hung where you can see both sides if you would like to.
Materials: DMC Petra No5 - one of each in 53854, 5434, 5938, 5700 and 3 in 5742. Florists wire, ½m wadding, 30cm square of felt, 25cm embroidery ring.
Equipment: 2.5mm hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: 22 dc x 26 rows to 10 cm square.
Finished Size: The Sunflower measures about 51cm (20 inches) across.