The program for our stitchery guild this year is making a treasure box with a leaf theme. We started off with stamping our fabric, stitching whatever design we chose and then bonding it to some heavy duty stabilizer. I free motion sewed the large leaf and leaf vines and then filled in the main leaf with seed stitch and did a buttonhole stitched edging. I'm currently working on the sides of the box. One done - 3 left to go.
The idea for using fly stitch leaves on one of the box edges came from Mary Corbet's website. She has a great video on how to make them: Fly Stitch Leaves. They were very easy to do.
Taking a complete break from owls I cross-stitched this peacock pattern from a book a friend had lent me. Once again I could not believe how many mistakes I made in this simple and small design! I made it into a card insert to give to my daughter next year on her birthday.
Lorraine Stobie not only has a wonderful website called Creative Daily but she also hand dyes and sells her threads on her etsy page Les Designs. These lovely and colourful threads came in the mail and I cannot wait to begin using them :)