Friday, April 8, 2016


... are changing colour all around and it is only a matter of days before the elm in front of our house will be a-blaze as if on fire.

I have been finishing the last leaf on my crewel embroidery grape vine, starting with two rows of chain stitch close together.

To get the points, I finish the row, anchoring the last stitch an tiny bit past the marked point.
I then start the next section inside the last stitch.
As with the previous two leaves, I use several shades of green with a touch of turquoise for the filling. I started with a very light green and stitched basic trellis, following the grain of the fabric and placing the stitches about 3mm apart. I then couched the trellis down with a medium shade grassy green. 
That formed the basic grid for the pattern of this one. I pondered what to do next, while stitching the veins over the top.

Perhaps running a some stitches diagonally in the grid would work? I used another pale green, slightly more yellow than for the grid itself and ran it diagonally along every second row - simply sliding the needle under the couching stitches. Quick and easy!
I could have left it at that perhaps, but thought it needed a little more...

So... new colour. This time the same bright grassy green as I used for the outline and with that I stuck a cross stitch in each of the remaining full squares. A small turquoise couching stitch dot across the centre of each cross completed the pattern.

With that the embroidery of this project is finished... already?!

I still need to make it up into a...?                                         Farmer John and I are packing the ute and going bush (I can't wait!) next week so it would be until we get back. Any guesses as to what this might become..?                                                                                                                                     Happy stitching,  Anna X


  1. Hi Anna,
    I wonder if you will make it into a centrepiece/table runner, Embroidery Roll, accessory bag or a bolster cushion? Hope you have a great time in the bush and look forward to finding out what you will make this into:-) Marianne

  2. Lovely!

    IMO, the piece needs framing and then should be hung near the wine, because there should always be wine. ;)

  3. Thank you for the wonderful tip on how to do points with chain stitching! I am brand new to embroidery and was doing my first project (a candlewicking kit) when I read this post. The remainder of my project looks much better than the parts I'd done before your post. :) Thank you!