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.