Leafy Tree SAL

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;


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 Leafy Tree SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    that’s absolutely gorgeous, Margaret: the design has such movement, bright colours and positive vibes and your stitching is so neat!!!

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  2. Jane M says:

    I love the transition of the colours, well done. I think it looks fabulous in the embroider hoop

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  3. Sharon says:

    Stunning piece of embroidery! Happy Dance and excited to see your next project 🙂

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous – I love the colour graduation

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    This is such a brilliant color study for leaves and nature. The seasonal change in one project is just stunning!

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  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Totally agree with Kathy above and think your stitching is immaculate and colours are perfect!

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  7. Wow! Fabulous stitching and your colour choices are perfect. I love it!

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  8. Cathie J says:

    Oh this tree is beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing how you finish it and what you are stitching next.

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  9. Faby Reilly says:

    Absolutely gorgeous !!!

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  10. Absolutely breath taking!

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  11. Congratulations on the finish Margaret. Love the colour transitions and the different stitches give it such texture and dimension, for a real 3D look. xx

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  12. wybrow1966 says:

    It is gorgeous – loving all the different stitches. Congratulations Margaret on a super finish.

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  13. rutigt says:

    Doing one Happy Dance for you! It´s such a beautiful work!

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  14. Amanda says:

    A lovely finish. Totally agree about the Fishbone stitch too.

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