The branches are also Sheaf stitched but I very loosely laid them and banded them close to the top of the trunk. The fronds? were done with DMC variegated thread.
My version of wheat using Sheaf stitch instead of Wheatear and using 3 strands of DMC
Top row left- 8 ply wool. Right-pink chenille which I found passed through the cotton toweling very well. I expected it to disintegrate.
Yellow DMC perle 8
Because the chenille behaved so well I made a dragonfly. On the right is a spider using a single grey metallic thread
Brown velvet ribbon couched with a fine cotton.
Purple Mill Hill beads -not a good example and I needed Nymo thread for the fine holed beads,. and lastly pink crochet thread with beads.
3 strands of DMC, loosely bound, combined with fly stitches, beads, Fargo roses and a few Detached Chains.
Though we are well on the way through the year with Tast 3, there is always the option to join in and learn from past work. If you are interested you can find all the information at http://pintangle.com/tast-faq/ Newbies and advanced embroiders are always welcome.