The outline of the leave is embroidered in closely worked coral stitch, which you find here.
I used 3 strands of Soie d'Alger 2133 light olive green
Along the lower half of the leaf I embroidered alternating chain stitch, which stitch you find here.
I used 2 threads of Soie d'Alger color 2133 light olive green and 2 threads of Soie Cristale color 5002 medium sage green
I found it a tough stitch. I had to take care not to split the thread when I went down through the same hole as silk is vulnerable. There were 4 threads in my needle, 2 shades of green that didn't differ a lot. Every stitch thay have to be swapped. It took me about 1,5 hour to stitch them. I am sure that it would be easier if you use e.g. pearl coton.
Here I added another basic seam treatment. A zig zag chain stitch with the same variegated pearl 5 as before.
This flower bead looks huge, but isn't that big ;)
I cut apart a peace of lace and sewed it on to form leaves.
In the flowerspray on the right, I added some beads. It really adds something to the picture.
I wasn't happy with the orange shape, it attracted too much attention. I unpicked the orange beads in the center and tried yellow/ochre beads. The ochre beads (the two on top) seem better, so orange beads go out and ochre beads go in.
Here is the block I am currently working on and the block above it. As I want the 12 blocks to form a harmonious quilt, I carefully look at the adjacent blocks. Than I decide what color I am going to use.
The colors in this block are beautiful but not bright and the block above is very bright.
To get a nice transition between both blocks I decided on the variegated orange.
To get a sparkle I added little orange beads.
Here is the block as it looks after I embroidered the first seam treatment.
In the first block I made I did the seam treatments first and later I found they didn't fit in the look I wanted. Therefore I have worked the other way around....seam treatments as part of the whole block.
The thread I used is a beautiful variegated pearl thread in the colors of the violets.
I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and creative New Year!
The large flowers are embroidered with 1 strand Soie Cristal 5002. This variegated thread has the same colors as the violets in the center. The petals are embroidered with granitos, 7 stitches, the smaller ones with 5 stitches. There is a fly stitch at the tip in DMC coton 758.
Some french knots are embroidered in the center with pearl 5 color 745.
The stems are in stemstitch with 2 strands of DMC coton 3053.
Whisteria: 2 strands of DMC coton 553 and 554 in detached chain stitch and a fly stitch at the first flowers.
Little pink flowers: 2 strands of DMC coton 3778 in detached chain stitch and french knot in the center.
The little branches towards the center are embroidered in fly stitch with bullion knots as flowers.