Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | August 27, 2016

WIP – leaves and Watercress

Wired leavesI completed the pair of Viola leaves and the light green Watercress leaf.

Stitches used for the viola leaves are Satin, Stem and Straight and the pale leaf= Fly stitch.







WatercressNot 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.



  1. Great progress. By making all the flowers in the book, you can use the fabric in the hoop for the leaves of several plants.
    Satin stitch is one of the most difficult stitches to get neat and tidy, in spite of being such an ‘easy’ stitch. You are doing a great job, Maureen.

    • I heartily agree about the difficulty of Satin stitch, Queenie. The best part of easy/hard stitches is that I have leaned patience to get it right – something I despaired of for years.
      Thank you for your kind words.

  2. It is beautiful what you are doing. I always like to come back to your page.

    • You are very kind Anneliese, thank you.

  3. Nice to hear that something is challenging for you – sometimes seems like you are sailing along on these and making them look so easy. 🙂 If I had declared that I would do everything in a book, it would feel very daunting. I always find small projects in bite sized pieces are very satisfying. I need to get back to my illuminated alphabet… you are a role model for me.

    • Diane, it’s like putting my foot in my mouth to state online that I will do something, Once said, I HAVE to keep going and this is exactly how I began stumpwork 10 years ago. ….and worried I couldn’t do it.
      As I haven’t used my Flickr link for ages, I intend posting those old works there soon. butterflies and insects.

  4. The leaves have turned out so well. To say something online is good sometimes and it’ll push us through the finish line.

    • Hi Anita, speaking out loud online certainly made me do that earlier lot of stumpwork. grin..

  5. Your leaves look great! I’ve been stitching my flower petals using long and short stitch and split stitch, but I’ve been thinking about trying satin stitch. I love how your leaves turned out.

    • All those stitches are good to use, Alice. From personal experience I find satin stitch is lovely when on narrower/smaller work.

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