They are covered in large pink flowers. When fully open they are the size of a large saucer - sadly each flower only lasts a day or so but when they are looking their best, they remind me of the main flower on the large crewel embroidery piece that is stretched up on my frame.
That there is so much to do outside doesn't mean I have completely neglected my needles and the crewel piece has grown every so slightly.
The other small leaf is finished...
... the filling with twisted textured filling is made from close rows of twisted chain stitch. It is a great stitch and I am rather chuffed with the result.
I am toying with the idea of a border around the entire design, just to finish it off neatly.
Not sure if I will go with one or two rows yet, so I will fill in a bit more of the main design to get a better feel for it.
I finished the main part of the other big stem yesterday with yes, another variation of chain stitch. This one is ladder chain - a little more tricky, especially over the really wide part of the stem.
When I will get back to it next, I don't know. Perhaps when I do, it will seem obvious what to do with that border - one or two rows?