Of course there will be some stumpwork pansies on my crazy violets quilt.
I will show you how I create one.
First I drew the 5 petals of a pansy on muslin.
I don't think the wire is the "right" wire, but it is thin enough and it works for me.
I cut a piece of wire into about 12 cm length.
Actually I didn't use the tweezers to bend it into the shape of a petal.
Well, only once, but it caused an unwanted kink in the wire.
I prefer to lie down the end of the wire on the drawn shape and carefully bend it by hand.
The wire is couched on the muslin using purple DMC coton.
Than I worked very closely packed blanket stitches to cover the wire completely using the same thread.
Than I embroidered long and short blanket stitches inside the petal as close as possible to the wire.
With a lighter shade of purple I filled the rest of the petal with long and short stitch.
All five petals are embroidered.
The most scary part: cutting the petals loose from the muslin.
You have to cut very close to the edge of the petals taking care not to damage the embroidery.
Here they are: five petals ready to put together to form a pansy.
The second part of the tutorial can be found here.