Queen Poppy: Stem and Leaflet Embroidery

As you may have guessed, I like bright colors. And I especially like thread in bright variegated colors. 

Variegated thread adds spark to your hand embroidery. The color shifts lend movement and interest to the stitchery catching the eye.

Some of the colorways I use have subtle varigated color shifts (like Butter) and others have abrupt changes in hue (like Southwest Rainbow). As long as the colorway is not too same ol’ same ol’ I’m happy. It takes so little to make me happy!

(If you need to catch up, please visit the Queen Poppy Stitch Along page to create your quilt top and begin the embroidery.)

Step #8

  • Stitch a Blanket Stitch around the edges of the poppy stem. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Butter) and a size 3 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch French Knots inside each tine or gap in the Blanket Stitch. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Southwest Rainbow) and a size 5 embroidery needle.

  • Stitch the Fern Stitch from the tip to the base of the 2 leaflets off the stem. Stitch down the center and span the width of the leaflets. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Sunrise).
  • Stitch a Chain Stitch around each leaftlet. Stitch on the background fabric and right next to the edge of the leaflet to outline the shape. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Southwest Rainbow).