The TAST stitch for week 42 is Italian border stitch. Perfect for leaves and flowers.
I had this ready made violet and of course it had to find a spot on the Crazy Violets Quilt. You know by now that I am not a seam treatment girl, instead I'll embroider leaves to cover the seams. First I drew templates, cut them out and moved them till I was satisfied.
The thread is Caron Watercolors (Fuchsia), a nice mixture of fuchsia and purple. As Sharon said, it is a fly stitch with a french knot. I made the leaves the same as I would with simple fly stitches. The knots form a nice vein.
Sometimes embroidery takes its own way. I had drawn the outline of the upper leaf with a chalk pencil, for some reason the shape changed. Fortunately the lower "wrong" part is covered by the violet.
I want another leaf towards the top extending to the block above and one to the left. That will have to wait till the whole quilt is sewed together.
This looks messy, doesn't it? My plan is to create a flower spray. These green leaves are pieces of lace I cut apart. They are a bit damaged here and there, but they will be covered by flowers in Italian border stitch.
For the flowers I used DMC perle 5. I filled the petals of the large flowers with three straight stitches. The smaller flowers are in detached chain stitch. In the center is a French knot.
To finish it off I added purple French knots with Kreinik very fine braid #4 and stems in stem stitch.
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