How perfect for a couple of autumn leaves! You also might notice some french knots :
To stitch this, 100 Stitches did their demonstration using a leaf shape, so I used one from my Autumn embroidery pattern packet and transferred it to my fabric. I didn't transfer the little accent "leaf vein" lines, just the main center line. That center line is important for this stitch.
For my demonstration I am using this gorgeous green pearl cotton floss. The DMC number is 988:
This stitch seems to be all about sloping stitches criss-crossing over a center area. I just have a single center line, but 100 Stitches had double lines spaced a bit apart to indicate that you are not stitching on a center line, but to either side of it. The first step is to bring the floss up through the fabric on the left hand side of your center line:
pull the foss all the way through and take a sloping stitch to the opposite side of your leaf.
Pull the floss all the way through:
Next, come back up through the fabric on the right hand side of your center line:
Take a sloping stitch to the opposite side of the leaf. Notice, the floss is going over the first stitch:
Pull all the way through and this will form an x:
Come back up through the fabric just like your first stitch, on the left hand side of the center line :
and make a sloping stitch across to the opposite side of the leaf. Notice, this stitch is going over the second sloping stitch:
Pull all the way through and then come back up through the fabric on the right hand side of the center line:
Make your sloping stitch and then come back up through the fabric on the left hand side of the center line. You are just alternating stitches on each side:
This is an easy stitch to do
and leaves ;) a nice, neat underside:
Now to finish this stitch, 100 Stitches suggested that you outline your leaf with either the stem stitch or the chain stitch. I chose the stem stitch:
I used the back stitch for the stem. I think it gives this leaf a beautiful finish!
This stitch is #13 and is in the flat stitches category of 100 Stitches.