I am currently stitching the Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui as a stitchalong project. I’m starting to stitch the large leaves on the front heart panel. See the end of this post for all the information you’ll need to join in!
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This is the project that I am working on:
STITCHING THE LARGE LEAVES ON THE FRONT PANEL
Now that the two large flowers have been completed, it’s time to stitch the leaves.
Each of the two large flowers has three long leaves underneath, and they are stitched differently each time, but using quite simple stitches. Leaf 1 has the main part stitched using Knotted pearl stitch in Anchor 268 substitute with a betweens needle (it has to be a slim needle, as Mill Hill 275 clear gold beads are threaded on in between each stitch). Here’s Mary Corbet’s video tutorial on her Needle ‘N Thread website to show how to do it. An outline of Stem stitch in Anchor 269 substitute, and then Metallic copper for a line of Stem stitch and also Straight stitches between the ‘arms’ of the Knotted pearl stitch finish off the flat end of the leaf (do the Straight stitch before outlining, for neatness).
The curled end of the leaf is stitched in Chain stitch padding with a pale green Anchor 264 substitute (not sure why it has to be a different shade from the top layer though), and then Anchor 266 is worked in Blanket stitch over the top with one strand in tiny stitches to cover the padding. Angle the stitches to follow the line of the leaf edge. The instructions then say to whip the edge of the Blanket stitch, but I thought that would be impossible at such a small scale, so I didn’t bother.
As I mentioned before, the pattern for this panel is not very well drawn, compared to Carolyn Pearce’s stitched model – her version has more space to do the Blanket stitch, whereas my leaf touches the wide stem, and looks squashed, to me.
This is Leaf 4, which is stitched in the same manner as Leaf 1, so I stitched the pair at the same time as the Leaf 1 pair, to save re-threading needles.
I took a photo of the whole panel after I’d stitched the pair of ‘Leaf 1’ and ‘Leaf 4’ leaves, so that you can see where I am working them. Both leaves are mirrored on the opposite side.
There’s quite a lot of colour on the panel now….but a lot of that is green!! It’ll be good when I can stitch with more colours.
Hopefully, next week I’ll get all the large leaves completed.
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The Strawberry Fayre design, plus the complete list of materials, appears in Inspirations magazine number 95. The publishers do sell a full materials pack (not including the mother of pearl ruler though!), but it’s rather expensive, so if you can use your stash, and just fill in with bits and pieces, then so much the better! The magazine is published in Australia – if you live in the UK, as I do, it is cheaper to buy a back copy from Manor House Magazines, and save a lot on the shipping.
To read about this project stitchalong from the beginning, start here. The post about which FABRIC to use is here. The post about the THREAD SUBSTITUTIONS that I made, plus WHERE TO BUY the threads and beads, etc., is here.
To look up all the posts in this series in the sidebar, see under the CATEGORIES list, under: Embroidery / Full size (others’ designs) / Strawberry Fayre heart etui, or use the SEARCH BOX at the top of the blog, and search for ‘Strawberry Fayre’ to get a list of all the posts (but it’s in reverse order, sorry!).
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