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…
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen