The embroidery starts with the nuts. To follow the curve well, very short Stem stitches (coton à broder No. 16) were worked. Some more lines are marked to connect the leaves to the nuts and to see the leaves’ approximate center lines. Short and long stitches (2 strands of 6-ply stranded cotton) were worked along the outline of the first leaf from its base to the point. The stitches should not cover the middle section. Reaching the tip one can follow the instructions in the article How to Work Small Pointed Leaves.
The stitches for the next leaf were worked close to the first.
From left to right one leaf after the other was worked in the established way.
To represent the trunk, I used an element of early Schwalm Whitework – Blanket stitches stitched through the fabric. The stitches (coton à broder No. 16) were placed in changing distances from each other. Because the rows are short and because it is easier for me to work Blanket stitches from left to right, I always started the rows on the left.
This pattern without thread withdrawal makes it easy to match the shape at the bottom of the trunk.
The result is good.