I came up with lots of ideas and discarded lots of ideas, but finally fell on using photos of actual pears, and thread stitching them into an art piece.
I called upon my photographer sister to take some pictures that I could use. I don't like eating pears so she had to go out and buy some pears on her own then set up the shoot. Here's what she sent to me.
I guess she got hungry during the shoot.
I printed these pictures onto fabric using my desktop inkjet printer. The pears were cut out and placed on a dark background. Each pear was thread-stitched. Painted, stitched and distressed Lutradur leaves were an added 3D embellishment.