The Leafy Tree SAL

It’s three weeks since I last posted about my Leafy Tree embroidery, this is a design by Mary Corbet of Needle ‘n’ Thread, it comes as an e-book which works pretty well, I’m not a lover of reading books or magazines on line but I just printed off the basic pattern and key and I check the book if there’s a stitch I’m not sure about.

Last time I was just over half way with the leaves just about to turn autumnal…

Whilst we were up in Northumberland I managed to stitch a few more leaves. I had been working them in numerical order as that made it easier with colour changes but I realised there was now a cluster of the big (fancy stitch!) leaves. I stitched a couple of these but then I started with some of the little ones to fill in the gaps…

So there’s some battlement couching (less successful than the first one, I think I stitched the initial lines too close together) wheatear, long and short stitch, and fly stitch with the centre whipped or straight-stitches inbetween and split tips. The little leaves are mainly fly stitch or fishbone stitch.

The blending to yellows and oranges is developing nicely now. I love the effect over the whole tree.

I’ve got about thirty leaves left to stitch, so hopefully it will be finished soon. I’m really enjoying this project and it’s been quite a good one to do after the stitchwheel sampler as it’s giving me a bit more practise at some of the stitches.

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis from Stitching by the Sea, we post our progress on a hand embroidery project every three weeks, just enough to keep our motivation going! Please follow the links and see what everyone else has been stitching.


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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16 Responses to The Leafy Tree SAL

  1. wybrow1966 says:

    This is so pretty – just love the redder tones coming in!

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  2. Jane M says:

    Love the colour changes and the different stitches give it an amazing textured look.

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  3. Cathie J says:

    This is getting prettier with each update!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful. Excellent hand work. I ordered some of Mary’s white linen! Now for the project! Hugs

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  5. I love the way it’s morphing into the autumnal shades.

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  6. Sharon says:

    Beautiful! I love the leaves changing color 🙂

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    The blending on the seasonal changes is so cool, love this!

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  8. I love all the different techniques and colours.

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  9. claire93 says:

    loving this one more the more it grows ^^

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  10. Christina says:

    I’m loving the color transitions and seeing all of these unique stitches!

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  11. rutigt says:

    I love the way the leaves are shifting colors. Very beautiful!!!

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  12. You are doing well with this one Margaret, and I love the autumn shades. xx

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  13. teamwilsun says:

    I love love love this design, seeing all the different stitches, and now the new autumnal colors. Stunning!

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  14. Renee says:

    This is absolutely beautiful!

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