Did you get your shapes stitched to your base this week? Today will be embellishing the leaves and pumpkins to add detail and shine. To begin, mark two curved lines on the pumpkin shapes to enhance the illusion of roundness. Mark vein lines on the leaves. I use a yellow chalk for marking as it brushes off easily.
Stitch the lines in a complementary color with 2 strands of floss, using a backstitch. Don’t worry about how it looks on the back, it won’t show in the finished piece.
Do the leaf veins in the same manner.
Dig out your seed beads and choose some to add a bit of shine. Buttons and other embellishments can be used too. Auditioning several things, I chose gold seed beads and green buttons.
The container of gold seed beads is pretty full, and I didn’t want to take the chance of spilling them on the floor.
So, using the lid, I put five or six beads in the lid and stitch those, then reload with a few more.
Bringing up the floss from the backside, use two strands of matching color floss. I started with just one strand and had to stitch each one twice, so I switched to doubling the floss.
Sew five seed beads on only the left detail line on the pumpkins, spacing them out. I think putting the beads on only one side will enhance the feeling of three dimensional light on one side. But, you could put them on both lines if you like.
Then sew five or seven seed beads on the leaf main vein. Using odd numbers is more pleasing to the eye.
One last detail, I wanted to add some small buttons in an evergreen color. Trying to match the green was a bit of a challenge. None of them were an exact match, so I just picked the one that looked the closest.
Place one button between the appliques about a half inch from the edge. Don’t worry if they aren’t all exactly the same distance apart or the same distance from the edge. A bit of variation just adds to the charm of handwork.
Stitch each one with double strands of matching floss. I used an X pattern, but you can use an = pattern if you like. Doesn’t matter, just do what pleases you.
All done for this week’s steps.
Next week, we will finish the piece so it is ready to give as a gift or use with a candle or other autumn item. Update – Click HERE for finishing.
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Good luck in the drawing. What size Perfect Scissors would you like to win?