The Leafy Tree SAL

Last month I started the Leafy Tree embroidery by Mary Corbett, of Needle ‘n’ Thread I’d bought the e-book last year and finally got round to starting it. I love the way the colours gradually change through the tree from dark green to red, with the larger leaves being stitched in a variety of stitches.

Last time I shared it I was half way through stitching the trunk and branches and I’d just started the leaves…

I’ve made pretty good progress over the last three weeks, I would have stitched even more if I hadn’t run out of two of the flosses! I’ve finished the trunk and I’ve stitched about a third of the leaves. The leaves are all numbered in the instructions with a different colour combination or stitch for each one, there’s over a hundred different leaves and only a handful have more than one leaf in the same stitch and colour.

On the whole I’m working the stitches in numerical order, it seems easier that way as the leaves seem more or less to be listed in colour order, so a certain colour thread might be used in three nearby leaves combined with other shades.

The little leaves seem mainly to be in fly stitch and fishbone stitch…

…the larger leaves include wheatear stitch, woven lattice stitch, padded satin and long and short stitch.

I’m pretty pleased with it so far, the shading in the trunk and branches in stem stitch seem to have worked OK and the leaves are small enough to be interesting to try all the different stitches. The fine cotton fabric with calico behind seems to be holding the embroidery well too.

Hopefully over the next three weeks I’ll get a lot more leaves stitched.

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis of Stitching by the Sea, we all post our progress on our chosen project every three weeks, just regular enough to keep the motivation going! Please follow the links to see a wide variety of embroidery projects…

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen  

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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17 Responses to The Leafy Tree SAL

  1. anne54 says:

    This is such an interesting project, Margaret. I love the how interesting the stylised leaves and branches are, and work together to create the whole.

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  2. claire93 says:

    love the golden colours appearing!


  3. Cathie J says:

    Oh my goodness, those leaves are beautiful! I love the different colors!


  4. You’re adding so much more interest each time. It’s beautiful already.


  5. Laura says:

    I love it, Margaret! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Sharon says:

    Such a beautiful project. Love all the color combinations on the leaves. Stunning already ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    I would be very glad the small leaves are just a couple of different stitches and thread changes. They also make the fancy leaves stand out. That basket weave one is really cool!

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  8. This is lovely Margaret!

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  9. rutigt says:

    Itยดs beautiful with all the different leaves!

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  10. Looking Great and some lovely colours coming through the design.

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  11. Christina says:

    Absolutely stunning! What a beautiful project. I’m loving the variegated leaves.

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  12. teamwilsun says:

    I missed this last update — it’s a gorgeous project and your stitching is beautiful!

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  13. Carole says:

    I love this! Beautiful stitching ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Amanda says:

    Must be nice using some of the stitches from the wheel in an actual project too.

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  15. Jane M says:

    I love the way the tree is growing and the leaves are changing. I also followed your advice for the silver pen which works really well

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