I’ve been meaning to share my Jacobean leaf designs for a while now. Judging by the positive response I got, I thought there might be a few stitchers out there who would like to give them a try.
It takes me a little while to draw up patterns as I have a bit of a perfectionist streak. And I doubt many of you would be able to decipher the working pattern – it’s full of sketching and notes and crossed out bits and so on. So I’ll post the pattern for each leaf separately, as I get them done. You should be able to just click on the image and save or print the design.
Update: Download the pattern here.
I find it easier to work from diagrams than from written instructions, so have gone this route when drawing up the patterns. I’ve used a simple key, so all you need to do is trace the design on to your fabric, thread a needle and start stitching. Each leaf is roughly the same size, so you can use this one as a guide to work out how much cloth you’ll need if you want to use all eight in one project.
As far as the stitches are concerned, they can all be found in Country Bumpkin’s A-Z of Embroidery Stitches and/or A-Z of Crewel Embroidery. But I’m sure you could find instructions easily enough online or in other books.
If you followed my progress, you’ll know I positioned my leaves in a vertical strip and used various colours. But these designs are versatile, so you could work them in almost any way on to almost anything – redwork, wool, metallic threads…
If you decide to give them a go, please remember that I hold the copyright and that these patterns can’t be used for financial gain. That said, I’d love to see your finished work, so please send me a link when you’re done.