Leaves 101 Tutorial

Hoop up some woven water soluble stabilizer, lower the feed dogs, put your darning/hopping/embroidery foot on for free motion embroidering, choose your thread color and let's make leaves!
This shows Steps 1-4. Below is a close up of Step 1. You start by making a nice sturdy stem, sew out the leaf shape of your choice, and run a vein from stem to tip top.

Step 2: Start sewing from tip top in 'tear drop' loops, from larger, smaller, smallest.
See 2 below.
Step 3. Start at stem or tip top and 'snake' back and forth down the length of the leaf.
           You now have a good strong base to sew your leaf so the threads will all hang       
together when you wash away the stabilizer.
Step 4. Final step is to 'fill in' your leaf. I usually start at the bottom, at an angle, and work my way to the tip top, going right on down the other side. I love variegated thread, it does most of the work for you! But I do make solid color leaves at times, and when I do, I will choose a darker contrasting thread to ziggy zag the outside of the leaf and the stem and run up and down the center vein a couple times.
Once the leaves are completed I rinse out most, but not all, of the stabilizer in warm water. By leaving a smidgeon of the stabilizer in the leaf, it acts like a bendable stiffener when the leaf is dry, making it somewhat poseable.
Have fun with your leaves!


  1. LYNDY I want to thank you for
    the beautiful and useful tutorial.
    Are you sure I am going to try
    and I because I like them
    very much and I want to make
    flowers and leaves.
    A fine evening you want to.
    Blog is very beautiful and interesting.
    translation google

  2. You are welcome, Quiltonline! Glad you could use the translator. Leaves are very fun to make. Enjoy!
    Vous êtes les bienvenus, Quiltonline ! Heureux que vous ayez pu utiliser le traducteur. Feuilles sont très amusant à faire. Profitez-en !

  3. Thanks Lindy! Ok so these are thread painted! This will be a good practice and reintroduction to thread painting. I have not done any seriously since 02 when i took an embellishing class in Colorado. I cant remember if that class had handouts. somehow i think not. If it did i have lost them. LOL

    This helps me to remember the steps i need to do!

  4. Opps that is from Anne. I have to figure out how to publish this with my name!

  5. Anne! I am so proud of you for 'moving on' to leaf production. I thought thread flowers would have you for weeks! :?}

  6. Oh Lindy! I have learned the neatest way to make delicate stamens for flowers!

    I also have a bag of alpaca now. How do I wash it? What are the steps to do to work with it? I won't be able to dye for 2-3 weeks as my deck is being remodeled. It will make a great work area when I do it!.