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.
I like the second set of leaves you’ve worked.Why did you choose Portuguese stem stitch?
It has an interesting knotty texture, which makes me think of twigs.
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.
I’m excited about your new color explosion crazy quilt. It looks like a great project.
Portuguese stem stitch is one of my favourites. It produces a great texture, and it’s fun to do!
I had some trouble initially – kept getting the wraps confused and it turned into knots. But now it works great!
I particularly like the top flower. The apricot looks so good against the blue-green of the leaves…
It’s one of my favorites too.