#HibiscusChallenge Part 2: Hibiscus Leaves

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The new instructions have arrived, are you ready?

Like I said before, this part is quite easy and shouldn't take you a long time. So if you haven't finished the flower yet, you will have all the time to catch up! :)

*You can now download instructions in PDF, I included it in the first part as well*

And before we start, here are some mid-results from Instagram:

Let's applaud these brave souls who shared their results with us! Great job, guys.

Also, using this opportunity, I want to remind you that it's totally okay to adapt the design to your taste and use other colors. Since majority of us are on lockdown, it might be difficult to source exactly the thread that I listed. Try searching in your stash if there are any alternatives and you can grow your own, unique hibiscus :)

By the way, I know that there are many more of you working the project. Yes yes, I'm looking at you! Don't be shy to share your results, we all do our best here :)

You can send your pictures to aminakdesigns[@]hotmail.com, or post them on Instagram with #hibiscuschallenge and tag me @stitch_floral.

Where to find the pattern:

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Instructions will stay on this blog, they will not be deleted. So you can start the project whenever you want!

Today's stitches are:

The colors we will be using today: E, F, G, J

Hibiscus Leaves

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1. Outline each leaf with Split Back Stitch, using 1 strand of thread color F (you can use 2 strands of you want).

Make a straight stitch from the tip of the leaf down to the central vein, using the same color. I'm using 2 strands of thread here, it makes stitching it a little quicker. If you want you can use 1 strand of thread and your leaves will look more delicate.

2. Next, work the leaf using Fishbone Stitch. For that, make a stitch on one side of the first straight stitch and cross the central vein. Then, make another stitch on the other side and cross the central vein again.

3. With each next stitch, cross the central line. It's important to avoid any empty space in the middle.

4. At some point, you will likely reach the bottom of the central vein while the sides will still be incomplete. Then you can work parallel stitches to fill these empty spaces.

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Here's how the finished leaf will look like.

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And then, work the other two leaves the same way.

Now let's work the branches!

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5. Work the branches with color E, using 1 strand of thread and Split Back stitch.

6. Then work all the leaves the same way as before: outline with Split Back stitch and fill with Fishbone Stitch using colors F, G, J.

7. Because these leaves are smaller, I preferred using 1 strand of thread when filling them.

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You can follow my example in choosing colors for each of the leaves, or you can use them in whichever order you like.

Aaaand that's all!

You see, it's not much :) This part should serve as a little break for you between parts 1 and 3, which are more demanding in time and effort.

Looking forward to seeing your results!


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