Skip to main content

Tutorial - Raised Leaf Stitch

The Raised Leaf stitch has been a favourite of mine since I learned it from the excellent instructions in Three-Dimensional Embroidery Stitches, written by Pat Trott. This is a book I highly recommend as a relatively inexpensive addition to any embroidery/crazy quilting library! Here I'll show you how I make this stitch.
I have done this example using Glorianna Silk Petite Perle but I would not recommend it for this. You will have better results than I did if you use four strands of good old DMC. For best results remember to strip your threads (that is, separate each strand and then put them together again). This is a good habit to be in anyway as it will make your threads lay better. So, on with the show!


To make this stitch you are going to need a small strip of card, approximately 4mm (3/16 inch) wide. A wider piece of card will produce a wider leaf, a thinner piece of card a thinner leaf. You can experiment with this but 4mm (3/16 inch) is a good place to start. In the example I was wanting fatter leaves so yours will look a bit different, and likely much better. VBG




The stitch is worked from the tip of the leaf to the stem so bring your needle up where you want the tip of the leaf to be. The card will be held at right angles to your stitching. Each stitch comes up through the fabric, around the card, and back down through the fabric on the other side. For the first stitch it is very important to go back down in the same hole so that you will have a nice tip to the leaf. Continue on in this manner until you have five stitches looped around the card and then come up through the fabruc again as if for the next stitch.





You will now take the needle and slide it under the threads on the card, bringing it out the other side so that all your loops are now on your stitching thread. Hold the stitches and gently remove the card.

Now move your working thread gently in the direction of the stem and go down where you want your little stem to be. The thread holds all the loops down, forming your leaf.

Here is a sample of the finished leaf. Pretty, right? Once you get the hang of it and grow a third hand to help you hold onto the card this is a great stitch and very versitile, adding a nice bit of textural interest to your leaves.

Comments

Cathy said…
Kerry, what a great tutorial! I've never done this stitch, and am very grateful to you for showing us. Big hugs, Cathy
Skye said…
I'm so happy, I figure it out...Thank you Kerry for helping us push the limit with our experience...hugs, Skye
Shari said…
Wish someone had these photos when I was first learning this stitch. Very well done tutorial. Thanks.

Shari
CarolynPhi said…
Kerry:

I can't wait to try this leaf!!!!

Are you using a variegated, or maybe a hand dyed thread? I just love it!

Thanks so much for sharing your talents...

Carolyn Phillips
FredaB said…
Thank you Kerry for the tutorial. I have never seen this one before and I can use it right now on the squares I am working on.

Thanks again.

Hugs

FredaB
Anonymous said…
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!

Cheers
Christian, iwspo.net

Popular posts from this blog

Love my chooks!

Chickens have got to be frugal, right?  They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter.  I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways.  When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens.  Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them.  Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too.  The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once.   In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf

Win This Quilt!

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is starting a newsletter! Sign up before noon (Eastern) on November 13, 2012 and you’ll be in a drawing to win “Bright Star” featured here. “Bright Star” was made by AAQI supporter Martha Wolfersberger of Frenchtown, MT. The quilt measures 8.25″ x 12″ and it is meticulously machine pieced and quilted. Sign up here: http://www.alzquilts.org/newsletter.html The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative® ( www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer’s. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006. Thank you for making the AAQI possible!

Waste Canvas Tutorial (Cross Stitch)

I was preparing to put a small cross stitch motif on a crazy quilt block when I remembered I had promised to do a tutorial on doing this with waste canvas, so here it is. You need to find a small cross stitch pattern you like that will fit in the space you have and figure out how large a piece of waste canvas you will need. Most cross stitch charts are graphed into 10 X 10 squares like the ones above. Waste canvas looks like needlepoint canvas except a little lighter-weight and is marked off in 5 stitch divisions by the blue threads. It comes in several sizes, 14 count being the most common and what I am using here. The canvas has double threads between each hole but you treat them as one unless you are doing a quarter or three-quarter stitch - they come in handy then as you can put your needle between the double threads to make the half stitch. I allowed myself half an inch on all four sides beyond the outer edge of where the motif will reach. Center the waste canvas on the spot yo