The adventure continues! I finished the plum flower and added pollen and stamens on top (stamen angles were all calculated precisely because that’s how they roll in Japanese embroidery).
I made the second pine tree dark blue. It’s worked in flat silk with a gold lattice over it (lattice spacing calculated with ruler). In the picture below you can see the contrast between the green twisted silk pine tree and the flat silk flower and pine tree. I love watching the light on them.
Here’s another picture of my plum flower reflecting the light. Next step: adding branches to the trees! These are done in gold. I’m still practicing at keeping the strands untwisted and parallel with the tekobari, but it’s looking good.
To add the upper branches we use a diagram and stitch through the tissue paper! The silver buttons are magnets to keep it in place until I’m done.
All done with the pine tree!