After a longer than anticipated wait I am finally teaching myself STUMPWORK EMBROIDERY.
Armed with the RSN stumpwork essential stitch guide by Kate Sinton I am now roughly half way through my first piece of embroidery.
I love these RSN guide books because they are so easy to use.
My way of achieving my design is a little different as it mostly consists of looking at the stitches in the book and picking the ones that appeal.
I started my design by drawing two lines and stem stitched them, then satin stitched a couple of leaves.
Each stitch is so enjoyable, even if some take a little time to master.
I used single brussels stitch for long leaves, attaching some to the fabric and stitching some of them detached so they began to form the three dimension effect I wanted.
A mix of straight stitch, satin stitch, stem and outline stitch to create the earth and grass.
The photo below shows a side view highlighting the three dimension leaves.
Detail of woven picots and detached woven picots being stitched.