Stitches used for the viola leaves are Satin, Stem and Straight and the pale leaf= Fly stitch.
Not much stitching time this week though I hope to finish this flower in the next few days. I have only 4 leaves to add. The dark leaf in the hoop will sit below the large leaf of the herb – then I Fly-stitch the top leaf and Needleweave the lower pair over the felt pieces…that’ll be very interesting.
I found the hardest part of this embroidery was to keep the Satin stitching very neat over the padded/ threaded base of the main flower. It did help to place the needle between the two threads when I satin stitched, rather than beside both….but.. just checking the enlarged version here, I may stitch another layer on the smaller flowers as they are looking a bit ragged.
Under the pod there are brown French Knot seeds. The pod itself was made with Detached Buttonhole stitch.
I found at Wikipedia that Watercress is an aquatic plant species – it’s botanical name is Nasturtium officinale but should not be confused with the quite different group of plants commonly called nasturtium, for which the botanical name is Tropaeolum.
I do know from personal experience, seeds, leaves and flowers of the nasturtium are edible.
Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables eaten by humans.
That’s it for today, I’m off to search out some Christmas patterns and then read.