Wednesday March 9th.

ex 1 joining_11 leaves

Still working on the Joining exercises for Part 2.  Today I experimented with my collection of leaves; this image shows some overcasting of unknown (dead) leaves I removed from a shrub at the entrance to a garden centre.  So doing a favour really … The markings look just like freshly cut planks of wood, very attractive.  The veins run up and down, vertically, which is important from the sewing point of view because such a leaf may easily split when a needle is inserted.   The trick is to put small pieces of masking tape behind the leaf, where you want to stitch.  I thought about using a  black thread, or even coloured threads, but eventually chose a sewing cotton of the same shades as the leaf.  I think the cotton looks part of the leaf, rather than something that joins broken edges together.

Baseball stitch was also tried out, shown on the photos below.



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