Leaves to Love: Part 1

Barbara Lee Johnson was a participant in the Creative Use of Stitches class in Guelph, Canada. She chose to use the stitches to portray many different kinds of leaves. Mostly, she stitched green on green. We all know how difficult it is to stitch the same colour fabric and thread. They can result in a camouflage effect but not here. She has already completed eight different samples and has plans for many more. She is as yet undecided on how to present them as a congruent whole. Barbara Lee has a background in art and art history. She does a lot of beading and I was surprised that she did not included beading in this project.

This first one is of Walnut Leaves using Running Stitch and variations with French Knots. The fabric is Quilting Cotton hand painted with Colour Vie pigments. The threads are DMC Floss and Perle Cotton.

Walnut Leaves
Walnut Leaves

The background of this piece is 11 Count Aida Cloth with Running Stitch using variegated Merino Wool leaving the sturdy Oak Leaves as open and negative spaces. The outlines of the leaves are done with Whipped Running Stitch.

Oak Leaves
Oak Leaves

Weeping Willow Leaves are portrayed with variations of Stem Stitch and Cross Stitch on painted fabric. The downward flow of a willow branch is most effectively displayed here. These samplers are as yet unpressed and unmounted and this accounts for the wrinkling in the background.

Weeping Willow Leaves
Weeping Willow Leaves

The Maple Leaf is stitched with Buttonhole edging while the body of the leaf is Cretan Stitch. This picture is a photo rather than a scan which is why it has not reproduced so well.

Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf
Tags: Cross Stitch, Stem Stitch

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  1. Reply

    Love the leaves. I’m a leaf fanatic, too.

  2. Reply

    Thank you Lorelei.
    I agree with you that Barbara Lee’s leaves are lovely and that they are unique too. She has many more in her Creativity Ban. She is most gratified by the responses to her leaves.

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