Leaf stitch (canvaswork)
- Fir stitch
Begin with a slanted stitch across one and down three canvas threads. Make a second slanted stitch to mirror the first, into the same hole.
Beginning one thread above the previous stitches, make a straight stitch over four canvas threads and down into the same canvas hole as the two previous stitches.
Now work the right-hand side of the leaf. Come up one intersection down and across from the top end of the slanted stitch and take the needle down one canvas thread below the lower centre point of the leaf (the hole below the one shared by the first three stitches).
Next, bring the needle up a further canvas intersection down and across from this stitch and make a stitch across three canvas intersections.
Structure of stitch
Rachel Doyle, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork (2013) , p.66
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.113