I have been working away on two different strawberry projects. The first (which has become a long term) project is the Erica Michael’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” Strawberries.
Although I love these little berries, it has been a slow go as I only work on them once in a while. That being said, I am working on strawberry number 8 now and am nearing the end of this project (more to come!)
I’m always looking for smaller projects that I can take with me and when I saw the “Festive Fruit” projects in an Inspirations magazine, I knew immediately that this was the project for me!
I managed to stitch all of the strawberries during a camping trip in June this year. We hiked, biked and went canoeing! Such fun! And in the down time, I stitched up these beauties!!
I’ve been itching to finish these strawberries since we’ve been back from our holidays.
Strawberry Finishing Instructions
To make sure the raw edges are extra secure and so that none of the stuffing has a chance to escape, I stitched the tops closed using a ladder stitch. These stitches will be covered by the strawberry leaf tops.
6 woven picot leaves were embroidered on the tops of each strawberry. My finishing diverged slightly from the instructions as provided in the magazine.
I used Mary Corbet’s handy YouTube tutorial to help me with the leaves. It’s been a while since I’ve done some and this tutorial was a great refresher!!
I found the awesome metal caps in my stash (which I purchased years ago with the idea of making emery filled strawberries).
The emery strawberry project never got going so these lovely caps have been languishing until now! I was so happy to find them again and put them to good use.
The leaves were strategically placed in a circle around the gathered opening, using a metal cap as a guide.