Five-sided box 5: cornflower and strawberry motif

I love making strawberries! I never get tired of stitching them. There are four altogether in the Cornflower and Strawberry motif from the ‘Embroidered Flowers for Elizabeth’  book by Susan O’Connor (where I got the original design from). As with the leaves and petals on several of the other motifs, these strawberries need padding first with a satin stitch across the shape, and then satin stitch worked from the top to the bottom of each fruit, having first worked an outline of split back stitch to define the shape. This first picture shows the padding done for three of the strawberries, and one of the berries completely finished, with the leaves worked in lazy daisies. The small green berry is supposed to be an unripe one.

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This shows the trellis stitch worked on all four berries, and the leaves added as well.  I wasn’t too pleased with how the trellis came out for the top berry. This happened because I didn’t bother to turn my hoop around to work the berry ‘the right way up’ – so my spacing of the trellis lines went rather peculiar.

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