This week I’ve been stitching the ‘orange tree side’ of the Home Sweet Home workbox, by Carolyn Pearce.
First, I stitched the tree trunk and branches in Stem stitch, using five close shades of Appleton’s crewel wool.
The oranges are outlined in Split stitch, using one strand of Anchor stranded cotton.
Then, to pad the shape, I worked Satin stitch within the outline.
Then I added the top layer of Satin stitch, in the crosswise direction to the first layer. You can see, on the left hand orange, the two layers, as the top layer is being completed.
Finally, I worked the leaves in Fly stitch, using a variegated thread with lots of colour changes in it, which gave a lovely look to the leaves. The tiny end of each each orange was worked by adding a very small Cross stitch in dark brown Anchor stranded cotton. This picture looks very ‘William Morris-y’ to me!
I was pleased with how the bee in this panel came out. The one that I stitched on the emery block came out looking more vine weevil-like than bee-like. I like this one a lot better!
The basket of oranges on the ground is made by first padding the shape with a small piece of felt.
Then Appleton’s crewel wool is woven across the shape in the same way that I did for the beehive on the thread cutter cover.
The oranges in the basket are little orange seed beads. The organised part of me has trouble reconciling the fact that perspective has gone out of the window here – the oranges on the tree are huge compared with the oranges in the basket!
Lastly, I stitched the meadow flowers at the base of the tree, in a similar way to the other panels and smalls.
Pretty, isn’t it? But those two sizes of orange still bug me……