Freehand Embroidered Tree

Anyone who knows me even a tiny bit knows I’m obsessed with trees. So sooner or later I was bound to embroider at least one tree.

Bare Branches
Bare Branches

I finished the embroidery a while ago, but couldn’t decide how to finish the piece off. As you can see, my sewing is far from perfect, but I decided that will never change if  I keep avoiding it. So first I followed instructions on how to make fabric yo-yos to get a sort of circle. Then I stitched the yo-yo to a circle of leather.

Crooked little stitches
Crooked little stitches

This little tree is going to hang out near my desk, somewhere I can see it. It’s not perfect, but as a prototype it isn’t terrible. I think next time I’ll just hem the edges instead of making a yo-yo; the bulk under the fabric ends up being lumpy no matter how carefully I arrange the gathers.

Branch Detail
Branch Detail

This little circle is only about 3 1/2 inches in diameter, but HOURS of work went into all those little stitches. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder how I can love embroidery so much: as a general rule, I’m not a patient person. But I can sit there and make teeny tiny stitches for hours and be happy as a cat with a bowl of Fancy Feast.

Trunk Detail
Trunk Detail

Just goes to show you never know what’s going to make you happy. Now I just need to work on my sewing skills.


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