As it's been a couple of weeks since I worked on Kusudama I thought I would do another small motif before going onto one of the bigger ones. The maple leaf next to the silver circle is outlined in blister stitch so I decided to that one next. Blister stitches are formed from a knot with a flat stitch over the top giving a nice 3 dimensional look.
To make sure I kept the definition of the shape I put in all the knots at the points first, then filled in the spaces in between. I'm not sure if this is the right way to do this, but it did mean that the knots were evenly spaced and not all squeezed up together.
Next job was to put in the flat stitch over the top of the knots. This was a bit fiddly and it took me a couple of attempts to get it right.
I really like the effect of this stitch but I've hardly ever used it as it just hasn't been in many of the pieces I've done. I'd really like to get better at both the knots and the blister stitch, but for the moment I'm happy with how this has turned out.
Before I go back to working on the large chrysanthemum just a quick word about the colour scheme on this piece. As I stitch more I'm sure you'll notice that it's not being worked in one of my usual over the top colour schemes! As I decided to go with a special fabric for this piece I decided to do something special with the colours as well. I know what colours I like and am learning more about colour all the time, but I'm aware I have a lot to learn in that field. So I asked Margaret, my tutor, to ask Masa san (Master Tamura's wife and Master Saito's daughter) to put together a spring colour scheme for me. In this way I can take advantage of her many, many years of experience and learn more about colours as well. I have to say the scheme she sent is beautiful, enough bright or deeper colours that I like along with some pale ones which I would never normally work with. I think I will enjoy working with these colours a lot.