Seasonal Leaves Needlebook

Barbara Blankenship 2011

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Supply List:


  • 1 pc. Hanah silk velvet, or other velvet piece, in fall or spring color 5 x 9
  • 1 pc. lightweight fusible fleece 5 /2 x 9
  • 1 pc. lining in matching color 5 x 9
  • 1 pc. Hanah silk velvet 2 x 2
  • 1 pc. lining 2 x 2
  • 1 pc. Wool 3 x 3
  • #11 seed beads in coordinating color
  • Swarovski sequins
  • YLI fine gold metallic thread
  • Silk ribbon for spring leaf
  • Misty Fuse

Acorn supplies:

  • 1 pc. Hanah silk velvet, off white (I used pink for strawberry) 2 x 3
  • 1 pc. Muslin for insert 2 x 3
  • emery
  • matching Delica & seed beads for acorn


Fuse fleece to wrong side of Hanah silk velvet rectangle (5 x 9 ) NOTE: Place nap side of velvet onto towel before pressing to avoid flattening.

Trace design on one side of leaf only. Carefully cut out this half of leaf. Do Feather Stitch with fine metallic gold thread. Stitch on Swarovski sequins to front side only. (Note: it is impossible to match the shape of the leaf without using the above method of doing only one half.)

Using Misty Fuse, fuse the leaf rectangle to the lining, wrong sides together. Avoid areas where the sequins are stitched.

Trim lining to match the cut out portion of the leaf. Fold leaf in half and pin securely. Very carefully mark the second half of the leaf. Cut out. Set aside.


With right sides together, stitch around area of pocket leaving a small section open for turning. Press carefully nap of velvet on towel. Blindstitch the opening.

Attaching Pocket:

I use a Beaded Picot edging to attach the pocket. Stitch carefully to avoid going through all fabric layers.

Picot Edging creates a nice frame of little points around a finished piece and works really well for sewing two pieces of fabric together at the edge. To practice the Picot Edge Stitch, make a fold in your fabric. Secure your thread on the underside of the fold and come through the fold to the surface of the fabric. String three beads and *at about the distance of one bead from where you started, sew across the folded edge of your fabric from the back to the front. Without piercing the fabric again, go up through the last bead strung and string on 2 more beads. Repeat from *.

To create a taller Picot Edge, start by stringing five beads and go up through the last two. Then from that point, string three at a time. Space the stitches about the width of one bead.

Experiment using different sizes and colors of beads. Try using a larger bead or a different color for the point.

Picot edging can be part of the body of a piece make a small stitch in place of going through the fold.

Complete the inside assembly by attaching the leaf shaped wool piece.


Stitch muslin piece, leaving the top open. Gather around the top approximately down. Insert emery and pull gathers, knotting securely.

Stitch the silk velvet piece in the same way. Gather around the top and insert the muslin emery piece. Pull tightly and smooth out the top for beading.

Add a DMC thread cord for hanging or a satin cord can also be used.

Approximately down, the acorn begin adding the Delica beads one row at a time.

The seed beads will be added to the very top of the acorn and cover the gathers.

The strawberry is made in the same manner and does not include the beading.

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