Branch for the Bluebird Floral

I’ve started work on a leafy branch. You can already see how the color variations in the leaves interact. Farther up the branch the leaves will be darker.

My Portuguese stem stitch is really improving – that long section in particular looks very evenly textured.

This project is a lot of fun, even though it has an enormous amount of long-and-short stitch and split stitching. Sometimes it’s nice not to think too hard about choosing stitches (or transferring a complicated pattern! preprinted fabric is so easy!), and I’ve still had a good time choosing floss colors.

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8 Responses to Branch for the Bluebird Floral

  1. Anita says:

    I like the second set of leaves you’ve worked.Why did you choose Portuguese stem stitch?

  2. Marjolein says:

    Beautiful colors!
    Recently I have used Portugese stemstitch too. I felt it curves more gentle than stemstitch.
    I agree with you about the texture, it is more firm than stemstitch. I liked it a lot.

  3. Rachel says:

    Portuguese stem stitch is one of my favourites. It produces a great texture, and it’s fun to do!

  4. Elmsley Rose says:

    I particularly like the top flower. The apricot looks so good against the blue-green of the leaves…

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