Sew & Saunders' Embroidery Pays Homage to Leaves In Sew & Saunders' embroidery, the greenery are the stars of the hoop. There's a variety, from broad leaves to tiny buds, all that are an homage to nature.
This is how you get really smooth, lovely satin stitches. Outline in split or chain stitch, fill in the area with chain or long & short stitches, and then do the satin stitch. The underlying stitches support the satin stitch and help it to lay smoothly.