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Set on a background of earthy browns, this birch leaf brings hints of shady woodland to a cushion cover.

The patch measures about 7 x 8cm.

to make

This birch leaf patch is embroidered onto calico and then simply stitched to a cushion cover. Before you start, machine wash the calico at 60ºC to pre-shrink it.

Trace the design from the diagram above right and transfer it onto the centre of the calico with the dressmaker’s carbon paper.

Mount the fabric in the embroidery hoop. Embroider the design referring to the diagram and key for colour placement and the photograph for stitch directions.
Use one strand in the size 26 needle unless stated otherwise.

Fill the background with long and short stitch (see know-how 14), leaving a gap for the birch leaf. Work in rows from the centre outwards and blend the colours where they meet.

Fill the leaf with long and short stitch, beginning at the outer edge and working inwards; blend colours where they meet.

Create the stalk and central vein with rows of stem stitch (see know-how 4). Pick out the side veins with a single row of stem stitch.

Finally, use two strands in the size 22 needle to work French knots (see know-how 4) over the background.

Remove the work from the hoop and press it lightly from the wrong side under a clean cloth. Trim the calico 2cm outside the stitching.

Turn the excess fabric to the back and pin, then stitch in place using a double length of the cream sewing thread.

Make a simple cushion cover (see knowhow 20), sewing the patch to the centre of the front piece. Alternatively, sew the patch to the front of a ready-made cushion cover.

Use blanket
stitch to create
a decorative

1. Insert the needle at the top edge of the
stitching line, leaving a tail of thread at the
front. Take the working thread over the loose
thread, ready to work the next stitch.

2. Insert the needle at the top edge of the stitching
line again. Pull the thread through, pulling the
needle down towards the fabric edge, with
the working thread under
the needle. Gently
pull the thread to
form a loop at the
fabric edge.
Continue in this way.

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