On the last block for CQJP 2012 I started with a Mountmellick Stitch.
On needlenthread is a video tutorial.
Recently I bought this little tatting tool. At the top are holes to measure the size of the tatting needle.
The right side can be used to make your picots even in size. So why not use it to get my embroidery stitches more even, and it is a great help.
The idea for this ribbonwork pansy is from the excellent book Ribbonwork Gardens by Christen Brown.
This is a 7 mm wide ribbon. This will be transformed into a two petal flower, the back petals of a pansy.
I folded it, made running stitches, pulled the thread, stitched next to the knot, matched the two triangles at both ends and sewed them together. I tried to photograph the process, but missed a third hand ;)
The same story for a three petal flower, which form the three front petals of a pansy.
Here they are, gathered and sewed.
First I sewed down the two petal flower.
Then the three petal flower on top.
Next I made another two pansies from purple two petal flowers and yellow three petal flowers.
The little orange pansies are made the same way, the ribbon is 4 mm wide.
Some straight stitches and french knots complete the pansies.