Another prototype leaf!
Here it is (on the left):
You’ll have to click in for the details.
And here is an annotated version:
The green section is blanket stitch done in a contrasting thread (thanks Lara for the suggestion!). Â The turquoise section is blanket stitch done in matching thread. Â The royal blue section has the top edge turned under and appliqued down (thanks Lynda), and the magenta is blanket stitch but with much closer spacing.
Oddly, I think I still prefer the overcast stitch from the first prototype, as wobbly as it is. Â Second place goes to the machine zigzag, also from the first prototype.
Here is my thinking:
- Blanket stitch produces a nice neat edge. Â But the stitches are perpendicular to the edge, which is unnatural in a leaf. Â Using a matching thread decreases the effect, but when you look closely at it, it is still somewhat disruptive.
- Applique looks really good – the best, in fact – up until you hit the tips of the leaves. Â Then it looks awful. Â I’m sure this could be fixed with skilled work, but I don’t have the skills now and am not going to develop them in the next 24 hours. Â So applique, much as I like it, is out.
- Machine zigzag produces a nice neat edge, but it feels harsh and stiff. Â And looks cheap, according to my admittedly biased opinion.
- Hand overcasting, while irregular, expresses the crinkly, diagonal “feel” of the tiny veins in a leaf.
So I think I have decided to do hand overcasting, either in a matching or slight contrast thread. Â Rayon embroidery thread is probably a better choice than polyester or silk sewing thread – the first is too springy and the second doesn’t come in an appropriate color set. Â A third option is embroidery floss, but I think it’s a little thicker than I would like. Â I will have to experiment, of course.
I also think I like the more complex, articulated leaf (the second prototype) better than the simplified version. Â It’s more interesting up close, and looks fine at a distance, too.