How to Embroider the Strawberry

Color Plate (illustration) of the Strawberry

To embroider the strawberry, begin at the tip of the berry and lay the first row of Long and Short stitches from the tip in toward the stem; work with the berry upside down or with the stem end toward you. Feather stitch should indeed always be worked toward one; it is difficult to lay the stitches well otherwise, especially in the second or succeeding rows, but we can always turn the frame so as to bring the form, whatever it may .be, into the desired position. Fig. 1 shows how the light red or green in some cases can be placed on the tip.

Beginning two stitches for the Strawberry

If the stitches are turned a little so that the rows approach the stem (see Fig. 2) the effect of roundness is increased.

Fig. 3 shows the third row of stitches. Embroider the sepals of the calyxes before that part of the berry which is under them. See Fig. 4.

Illustration of stitches 3 and 4 for strawberry

When one berry is behind another use the deepest color of the berry in the background but point the stitches always toward the stem. See Fig. 5. Then place at an angle so as to span one or two stitches tiny yellow dots as shown in Fig. 6. Do not put in very many and keep them in rows. See Colored Plate above.

Illustration of stitches 5 and 6 for strawberry

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