A Basic Silk Shading Tutorial . . . .
First stitch, up and over split stitch at the very top tip
Long and short at tip, which is swivelled at the base
Long and short edge, or rather longer and shorter
First row of long and short (longer and shorter). When taking the needle down over the split stitch, keep the stitches very close and tight together. This keeps a sharp clean edge.
First row, over split stitch with the angle of stitch moving around the leaf shape. Whilst working the first row, be mindful of maintaining the angle of stitch.
Shading - bringing the needle up within the first row, and shading towards the middle
Bring the needle up in various positions within the first row for a softer shaded effect
Needle or stitch position of second row, or shading
Shading towards the centre of the leaf
Shading with more colour - keep the blends compatible
Showing various needle position for shading
More shading and needle positioning
More needle positioning of shading, illustrating the various positions the stitches can be placed for effective shading
Third row, or further shading
First half of leaf shaded
Second half of leaf, long and short first row
Shading from first row
Centre vein. The whole leaf is roughly an inch square.