Little strawberries

I just love stitching strawberries. It’s not difficult to do and they almost always look delicious when they’re finished.

This strawberry is worked in padded satin stitch using Pearsall’s silk red # 360, gold passing thread #4 couched with Perasall’s silk green # 221 over the top and the leaves are padded with silk and then satin stitched using Gilt Sylke Twist Greene.

These are tiny strawberries: each strawberry is 3/8 inch/1 cm across.

It took me a while to get the hang of satin stitch with GST. It’s such an expensive thread that carrying each stitch under the shape as one usually does in satin stitch seems wasteful. The first thing I tried was bringing the thread up to the front right next to where it had gone down for the previous stitch. This worked, but not as well as I hoped. The stitches didn’t lay flat and I couldn’t pull them firmly enough to make them lay flat. So I decided to look for help on the internet.

Of course, I found it on Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread. I won’t explain what she did and found successful – you can read all about it here in wonderful detail. She did a variation on what I’d tried and her variation made all the difference – the stitches laid flat and looked great. Thank you Mary Corbet!

I started this morning to work on the long, narrow leaves on either side of the blue flower. Then I discovered I was almost out of the green thread I needed so I had to stop and order more. The leaves will have to wait until I get the thread from Pearsall’s Embroidery. Fortunately, their shipping is always fast!

The Royal Persian Blossom project is calling me back and I am getting ready to be finished with both of the crewelwork projects as soon as I can manage it. I’m getting anxious to start doing some goldwork before I go to England for my course. Moving between crewel, silk and gold work is fun, but when I’ve been away from one technique for a while it always takes me a few days to get back into the swing of things.

Do you work on projects that use different techniques at one time, rotating from one to the other? Or do you tend to do one technique for a while and then switch? How is it moving back and forth from one to the other? Leave a comment and let us know!


7 thoughts on “Little strawberries

  1. I too love working strawberries – there are so many ways of doing them and they’re small enough to be done in one go and give a feeling of having accomplished something, no?

    Do I move about from one technique to another? That’s hard to say as I don’t really do large projects at the moment. Just thinking to those that I have done, and the stitches used on smaller ones, I would say that I do rather tend to finish a whole section before moving on to the next. Having said that, I would rule out getting more variety to keep me interested if I were to work such a big piece.=) Whatever works to get it done, don’t you think?


  2. The strawberries do look delicious and I love the redness of the Pearsall’s silk. I have never used their silk, perhaps I should try it sometime.

    By coincidence, I realised that I would not have enough green silk to complete my current project and yesterday had to send an urgent request for some more. I had an email today to say that it is in the post 🙂

    I usually have a few projects on the go. My Japanese embroidery and the beading projects usually take me months to complete so I like something smaller, less demanding or even frivilous on hand for the evenings. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had a large beading project, 2 Japanese embroideries, 2 gold work, 1 thread painting and a travelling page on the go all at the same time! I have since finished 2 of them but will be starting another, probably this weekend.

  3. Working on several different projects is the only way to go for me. If I get frustrated or have trouble with an area, it’s easier to change to a completely different project for a few days, then go back and look at the problem with a fresh eye. It always works. Right now I have 6 projects on the go, which is about normal for me. Unfortunately all but one are quite large, so I’m not due to finish anything any time soon.

  4. Corol-seas, that sounds like a LOT of projects, especially the types that you mentioned, good luck with them all! Kathy, I too have several, not as extensive as Coral-seas, I have a redwork surface embroidery, a small 40ct gauze “Erica Michaels” and I am doing the TAST 2012 with Sharon Boggins. Most of these are simple to do and quick. Waiting in the wings though is a crewel project and a thread painting project. I will select only one of these to work on at a time.

  5. Gosh, I think there are somewhere between five and ten projects I have on the go at the moment, depending on how you count them. They range from canvaswork through counted work to surface embroidery. Sometimes I simply can’t face the repetition involved in counted work…!

  6. I’ve used the same basic technique with satin stitch when working a kit that didn’t have quite enough yarn. When doing large areas, I do it in sections to avoid carrying the yarn all the way across the shape in the later parts, as the alternating stitches get farther apart.

  7. You can tell how many projects I have going from my blog! I am an inveterate project-starter (especially when I’m very stressed, like this spring!). I do actually finish projects eventually though it takes longer due to all the switching. I just really enjoy variety, and I also tend to love big projects that take a long time to finish. So I end up with a lot going at once.

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