I am taking a little break from the Roses and Tassel piece. It is very large and I get a "crick" from working on it day after day. So I went through the WIP pile looking for a smaller piece, and this was what I chose! The Hummingbird and Honeysuckle piece by Luan Callery. I finished working on all the leaves around the bottom of the circle using a single strand of the different greens in Soie D Alger. Next came the stems holding them to the main vines.
Next, I traced the Stumpwork leaves pattern on a piece of muslin. I cut some 28 gauge wire and attached the wires to the shape using the button hole stitch as you can see in the two on the right. I then added an outline stitch vein, in a darker color, and then filled in the rest of the vein with more of the outline stitch matching the color of the button hole stitch.
Above the leaves you can see the flower petal shapes that will be worked later on!