I’m moving on to making the needlebook from Carolyn Pearce’s book ‘Home Sweet Home: an embroidered workbox’ now.
Here is the design drawn out on the fabric using fine pencil. The first piece of padding for the snail has been stitched in place.
I stitched the stems using whipped chain stitch and knotted pearl stitch.
The curlicues of the pea stems were stitched using stem stitch, and the centre of the pea pod using large chain stitches.
This looks a bit messy, close up! The chain stitches have been interlaced each side with Kreinik Very Fine Braid, with the loops couched down on the outside edges.
Then I added a tiny cupped sequin , attached with a seed bead number 11 on top of each one, to each chain stitch.
Then I stitched whipped chain stitch round the outline of the pea pod itself.
The sepals of the pea pod were covered in long and short stitch shading, using two shades of variegated thread.
It all looks a bit coarse at this magnification – the real thing is very small….the pea pod is barely an inch long in real life!