Finally, a post about some work in progress. I have so many pieces in progress I had trouble deciding which one to write about. This is my gum leaf piece for an exploring stitches class that I will teach in October.
Now this class needs to address some further stitches in addition to the basic stitches, from each of the stitch catagories;
Flat, Loop, Chain, Knots and Couching.
In doing this I have come across a couple of stitches I just LOVE. I have no idea how I haven't used them before they work so well. The first of these is Closed Triple Back Stitch.(Jacqueline Enthoven "The stitches of Creative Embroidery" P55) It is mainly used as a border stitch but I thought I would use it as a filling stitch on my leaves. I am so in love with the results. I have used different thickness of threads and varigated and plain colours. Wish I had known about this stitch before. The viens of the leaves are worked in double knot (palestrina) stitch.
I started with the outline first, then the vein and finally filled in the spaces. Have a look what others are doing over at Pintangle.