The infinite variety of falling leaves is captured in this mixed media project. A New Leaf employs canvas, stitchable cork, copper mesh and Ultrasuede in the design.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Express creativity with stitches and placement
  • Work with various thread textures
  • Develop an ease in stitching that emphasizes the rhythm of the stitch
  • Explore several different materials in developing the project

Several leaf stitches are worked with different weights of silk threads and ribbons, and appliques of Ultrasuede, foil embossed imitation leather and copper mesh are applied. All of the interior borders are variations of pointe de tresse stitch in different widths.

Stitches include point de tresse, gobelin, herringbone leaf, several leaf stitches, invisible applique, darning, and couching.

Duration 2 or 3 day class
Kit Materials Treenway silk threads (Harmony, Tranquility and Zen Shin) and silk ribbon; Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays; Kreinik #8 braids; Painters Threads Gimpe; DMC stitchable gold fleck cork; Kreinik 40 ct. copper mesh; Ultrasuede; foil embossed imitation leather leaf; tapestry and chenille needles
Size 180 x 144 stitches, about 10″ x 8″ on 18 ct. Sandstone mono deluxe canvas
Student Supplies 1 pair 18″ and 1 pair 14″ stretcher bars, tacks or staples, scissors (for cutting threads, metallics, other media), laying tool, magnification and lighting if needed

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