Most of my stitching begins with a blank scrap of linen and a threaded needle, without a plan. I let the cloth and thread lead me along. Sometimes good things result and sometimes not so much. But either way, it's a therapeutic process that's good for my soul. I'll take you along this time...
I began with some rough French linen and basic white thread. The first stitches are outline stitches (done in a backstitch by hand) in a sort of leaf/pod shape.
Then I gathered some lovely British wool threads, a little tricky to stitch with but I love the colors and like the organic feel of them. You can use embroidery threads too of course.
Using the outline stitching as my guide, I began satin-stitching with the first wool thread.
Changing colors as I went along, I finished stitching around the outline stitches. If you're using embroidery floss you'll likely have smoother stitching, a sort of 'satin' look and feel.
Next I decided to chain stitch around the outer edges of my 'leaves'. For this step and following, I've switched over to embroidery floss.
Chain outline all finished.
Then I began filling in the centers with old beads and buttons.
And since everything looks better with a little greenery, I began chain-stitching some stems and leaves.
Hmm, is it finished? I don't know, maybe some seed beads? Well it's finished for today anyway.
Giveaway News: Congratulations to Linda for being chosen as the winner of the stitched heart sketchbook. And THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes!