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.