It’s happy dance time with my Leafy Tree embroidery. This is a design by Mary Corbet of Needle’n’Thread. It’s available in an e-book which I found worked really well for this project, I could print off the necessary pages but just look at it on my computer for things like stitch instructions.
Three weeks ago I was stitching the yellows and oranges…
I had just started introducing the darker rust shades and after a concerted effort over a couple of evenings I finished the remaining leaves. There was some battlement couching, some satin stitch and some long and short stitch, together with the little leaves in fishbone and fly stitch.
I’ve really enjoyed this embroidery and it’s been a useful follow-on from the stitchwheel as I’ve put many of the stitches I learned there into practise. I think the fishbone stitch is probably my favourite little leaf stitch now!
I’ve also learned a lot about colour transition, I love the effect she has achieved by mixing threads to get the movement from dark green to dark red. She also used other techniques such as whipping the stem or splitting the ends with tiny back-stitches which increase the texture and interest.
I’m not sure how I’m going to frame it yet, whether to send it to be traditionally framed or whether to try block mounting.
I’ve pretty much decided which one I’m going to do next for the stitch-a-long as I have a rather pretty embroidery kit in my stash and hopefully after the practice on this project and the stitch wheel my stitching will be nice and neat.
In the meantime please follow the links to the other members of the SAL and see their progress over the last three weeks. There’s lots of different styles of embroidery to inspire;