I was walking by my neighbors huge Sea Grape tree, and suddenly I just knew I HAD to try embroidering one! The leaf is approx. 5 inches wide! This is what I've done so far. I was surprised it is not crumbling. It is a very thick leaf to start with, and I may have caught this just before it gets too brittle. I've never embroidered a leaf before. I started this as a way to entertain myself while the grand kids do artwork. I like that it is freehand...no pattern. I just started a row of olive green french knots on the left side, and want to add more of the green, and now I think adding in some yellow might be nice. We shall see where it ends up. When done, i will place it up on my plate rack until time to change to Christmas decor. I am always drawn to embroidering on things that are disposable. I enjoy the making, and am always ready to replace with some new, interesting thing I CAN MAKE!!! The stem of the pumpkin is also the stem of the leaf ! Kinda cool!