Here's a picture of the ALMOST finished piece. All that's left to do is to attach the spangles. . . which I PROMISE to actually do this month. . .assuming I can find the paillettes. As you can see from the ruler along the bottom of the photo, this piece is a little larger in scale than some. The silk work is a mixture of 2 or 3 strands of Needlepoint, Inc. silk, and the gold is a Kreinik Braid.
There are four goldwork stitches on this sampler. . . chain stitch (used as the stems of most leaves), heavy chain (stems of the pea pods), spider web (the peas in the open pod), and plaited braid (the main curved "branch").
Heavy chain caps of pea pods
Spider web peas in the open pod
Plaited braid main stem at right and left
Chain stitch stem