In the recent post where I showed it, all I had embroidered was a circle of flowers and leaves.
I used lazy daisy stitch to make the petals of the flowers with a colonial knot in the centre of each. The stems were a simple running stitch and the leaves were also lazy daisy stitches.
Now, I have added a little appliqued butterfly to the centre which I finished with a tiny buttonhole stitch. I added the antennae using back stitch with a colonial knot at each of the ends. When I had finished that stage, I wasn't sure that the stitchery looked quite finished, so I added in another circle of leaves and buds.
These were stitched using fern stitch and colonial knots. At the bottom of this inner circle I added a little row of flowers which I created using detached fern stitches, colonial knots and a few lazy daisy leaves.
Then to balance the look of these flowers in the circle of stitching I added three little cross stitches at the top.
I am quite happy with all the embroidery but, I am not sure what to use it for.... should I use it to decorate the front of a drawstring bag? Or a needle book? Or use it in the centre of a block and frame it? Lots of possibilities. I think I may have to look through some of my many books to find inspiration. That's a nice prospect for the weekend!!