My first steps were using a metallic DMC white floss to make stem stitches along the white lines in the water, and adding silk ribbon cattails.
I found the directions for these cattails in The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible by Joan Gordon. I picked up a used spiral bound copy at Powell's Books in Portland for about $20.00. (I had NO idea the new ones sold for over $90.00! The link above will take you to Amazon.com, where used copies are about $23.00. There were 8 used copies available when I added the link.) I love this book, and the fact that it is spiral bound makes it easy to use while I stitch.
My cattails are a little on the short side, but I worried that longer stems and leaves would snag easily.
Next, I added a tree. (I wanted to experiment with tree ideas before adding one to my CQJP block.)
Next, I used a single strand of DMC 433 (a lighter brown) and made a few back-stitched lines through the trunk of the tree to give an illusion of bark texture/highlights.
There are three types of lazy-daisy stitched leaves. Some use two strands of DMC 702, some use two strands of DMC 704, and others blended the colors - using one strand of each.
So far, I am happy with the way the tree is turning out. (Unlike the cherry blossom tree I put on my last CQJP block, my husband has not teased me once about the top of the tree not being big enough for the trunk. I guess I am making progress - lol!)
As always, thank you for stopping by!