This one was fun! (Please ignore the messy right end that eventually disappeared when the binding was sewn onthe quilt.) I started with two rows of Chevron Stitch, stacked in such a way that they create large diamond spaces. Next I added a piece of ribbon above and below the chevrons that matched the mauve of the thread. I had these two star beads I wanted to use so they went into the diamond spaces. Matching blue thread then made the straight stitches as well as a row of chain stitch in the center of each ribbon.
More fun! lol If you look closely you can see this started as a simple vertical row of feather stitch, worked in green Gloriana Princess Petite Perle silk thread. Once again, I had these flower beads, but only three of them so I sewed them on with a couple detached chain stitches at the base of each flower. I tried to follow some rules as to where I put the rest of the detached chain stitch "leaves", because in nature there are set ways that each plant grows. I decided that on this plant, the end of the little stems that do not have flowers would have three leaves on them. If they were longish stems, more leaves would grow down the stems in pairs. And, lastly, sometimes where a new branch was perhaps thinking of growing out at the base of a "v" there would be one little leaf. I think that making rules for your embroidered plant growth, even if the plant is imaginary, makes it look more realistic.
Another chance to use some of my not-quite-vintage plastic buttons! Aren't they adorable? I love the colours and the shapes of them. The seam to the left is zigzag stitch with blue straight stitches added. The seam on the immediate right is a simple herringbone stitch with trios of detached chain stitch in a scrumptious variegated thread. Next to that is an experiment with a chain stitch variation - not too sure on that one! The bit of lace was dyed at the fabric manipulation class I took at EAC Seminar this year but the pale blue and yellow used don't show up much in the photo.
I had the shortest little piece left of some of Nicki Lee's wonderful dyed lace. How I wish I could get results like this with my dying experiments but I can't so I have to content myself with buying her gorgeous stuff at her Etsy shop, Raviolee Dreams. I wanted to add a little work to it as well so I did a satin stitch in a matching silk thread in the center of each section.
I used a Pyramid Buttonhole Stitch for the top seam in this portion. Under that seam, I secured another baby button, this one of a Mom and Baby Rabbit. It had been my intention not to use any embellishments other than the seam treatments, but the beads and buttons kept falling into my hands so what could I do? Under that is a seam of Cretan Stitch with added Detached Chain Stitches.