A little red leaf

April 16, 2008

What color are the leaves in your world?

My sister and I use to go up into the old hillside garden where the strawberries grew wild. And we’d say to each other, “Don’t get fooled by a little red leaf.”

It must have taken a hundred strawberries or more to fill a cup. We worked in a hurry and some of the strawberry leaves were red. Perhaps they lacked or gained some particular nutrient from the soil. 

But every once in a while in our hurry, when we reached for a strawberry all we got was a little red leaf.

No, it wasn’t this red. But I’m going to put it in an envelop and send it off to my sister.

I’m still working on leaves every day. In my world of needles and threads even lavender and blue leaves may fit in.

Woven picots — more practice

April 5, 2008

Before I get to my practice, I wish to point to some other work that is going on concerning embroidered leaves.

This morning I came across a wonderful post Deepa at This and that…my random thoughts has done on a leaf using two bullion stitches and satin stitches. If you haven’t seen this yet, please do visit.

And later in the day an anonymus commentator reminded me of a great tutorial Allie at Allie’s in Stitches had done with woven leaves. If you missed her post and are interested; it is well worth catching up with now. And Allie’s post in turn lead me on to this very good tutorial that Ira at Old Crazy Stitcher had done also in February. And what should happen while I was there but I caught a glimspe of yet another great tutorial. This one is done by Judy of POSSIBILITIES, etc! here.

Now back to; woven picots…in case you haven’t guessed yet. I can’t upload photos with this new format that the blog host devised—oooh perhaps I figured it out. But now and worst I can’t find spell checker. Did Sharon say something about “change” for April’s TIF challenge? Here is my practical experience with it today. More practice needed!

(Please, see my page SharonB’s challanges for links, if you are unfamiliar with SharonB’s TIF challenge.

Trying an elliptic shaped leaves. First in pima cotton and second in a cotton thread similar to a Perle 12 in size.

Revisiting my challenging leaf from yesterday…perhaps a little better

Trying a spear shaped leaf with no middle thread and working from the top to the tip.

Please forgive any spelling mistakes still in the post and any broken links. I’ve have to do the html code on all of them…since I’m getting blank pop ups from the blog host and probably due to my browser.   



Woven picot leaves

April 4, 2008

I’ve been doing my best to learn the woven picot stitch Ann showed me. Also I experimented on making leaf shapes with it.

Some of my attempts are bad. This first photograph hides nothing. I might have started out ok but the closer I got to the end the more mistakes I made.  This is an attempt at an oblanceolate leaf. 


Here I was able to turn out one or two acceptably but nothing was consistent. These are my attempts at ovate leaves.



I think this tree growing close to me has beautifully shaped leaves.


My attempt at trying to make it was very unsuccessful. I took 3 needles radiating from one point and seven strands of thread to weave. Much more practice is called for!


The third embroidered leaf from above I show again very enlarged so perhaps you can see what I try to explain below.


I used one loop like a normal woven picot. Then I made a second smaller loop before taking the thread to the tip of the leaf to start the weaving process. I did the first rows of the weaving with just the one loop and the thread running down to the tip.

Then as I approached the mid point, I began to weave in the second loop. I did not pin it as I did the first loop. But it was not difficult to work in and by the second row held in place well. Then at the end I began pulling everything very tight. I’m working with pima cotton which is much more giving than a Perle cotton. And finally I let some of the threads in the loops carry to the back as I closed it off.

If anyone has tips or suggestions for me, I would appreciate it.