Close up of the centre of the long and short pansy.
This pansy was embroidered in long and short stitch with stranded cottons. I used a very fine linen backing and couched wire around the individual petal edges which was then covered in the long and short stitch. The petals were all then cut out and the edges turned back and stitched. Having wire on the edges under the stitching meant that I could manipulate the petals so they are curved. The stem is covered millinery wire. I had hoped the pansy would have a more delicate feel to it so next time I may paint part of it and add some stitching to that.
I seem to be very much inspired by acorns at the moment. This is a little crewel work long and short brooch with a couple of acorns and an oak leaf. I stitched this is in Medici wool with a little twig in red metal . I think I will do a few more of these in various colour ways.