I first built the base of the tree out of a pile of branches gathered from the back yard. I tied a bunch together for the trunk, then wrapped them in quilt batting to make it look like it was one piece. I set it in a terracotta pot with quick drying cement.  I crocheted several large pieces of free-form crochet to cover thee trunk and then wrapped and stitched them around the trunk. For the branches I did the same, but wrapped the crocheted pieces directly around the branches and sewed them together. For the thinner branches and the tiny ends I crocheted directly around the branch. I also added wooden beads to the ends of some branches.
The leaves are hand cut from recycled leather, punched around with a leather punch, and then crocheted around with free-form crochet. Some of the leaves have wire added so they will stand up and not just hang. The nest was made with several strands of yarn, fuzzy yarn and jute and crocheted in a basic bowl shape, I added a few scraps of leather to make it look more nest like, I just tied them through the holes in the crochet. I crocheted the eggs in the round with a small hook for a tight stitch and filled them with fiber fill. The mama and baby birds are also hand crocheted with out a pattern, and were stitched to the tree when photographing so we could move it around easier. I added as many details as I could, crocheted moss covering the cement in the base, a mushroom, knots in the trunk, nest, birds, eggs and fungus or moss crawling up the sides of the branches.
The tree is approximately 7 feet x 7 feet.
This detail of the eggs is just one of the most amazing features of this piece. In my years working with artists I often found some actually biased against what they called "crafts" and this clearly shows there is true art within crafts for those devoted enough to their work as art to bring it out. The clarity of these eggs in the context of the surrealism of therest of the piece suggests (to me) a sense of focus on the hope for tomorrow amidst often disparate and unfocused demands of today.
Thank you!
Scottso19694 years ago
You got mad freeform skillz. This piece is off the hook! (tee-hee)
Well done.
The Amazing Noodle (author)  Scottso19694 years ago
I am available for private lessons, depending on distance!
Coincidentally I wrote a poem of the same name about 1991, ahttp://mirrorsinapriwsm.comnd The Amazing Noodle has garaciously given me permission to use photos of her "Autumn Weeps" to illustrate my "Autumn Weeps" at http://mirrorsinaprism.com/. Thanks.Peter John
daveamy4 years ago
You are amazing, this is amazing, makes my crochet blankets look a bit pants now!!

Definetely sharingthis link around :)
This is amazing!
Now that's fiber art!
ChrysN4 years ago
That looks amazing!
The Amazing Noodle (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
This is an amazing piece of art! Fabulous-beautiful-original...I can't say enough!
Thank you for your kind words!
woodrot4 years ago
This is so awesome! Great work! Really Creative!
handprints4 years ago
Just a repeat of what everyone else is saying, "this is AMAZING!!!" You have my vote for sure! Best of luck!!
The Amazing Noodle (author)  handprints4 years ago
Thank you!
Wow, this is so wonderful! I realized that a small forest like this would make an awesome little magical land and that i'd love to be there.
The Mama Bird looks really hilarious and i like the way it sits on the branch.
Thank you, you could share a branch with him!
A little pipe chitter-chatter with a smurf under the mushroom is a nice way to start the day.
jet h4 years ago
woooow this is stunning love it all the details and the colours , soooo well done!!!
love it, It's a real piece of art!!!;-D
thank you for sharing this;-D
The Amazing Noodle (author)  jet h4 years ago
Thank you for your kind words!
You're very welcome, have a fun nice week;-D
action pig4 years ago
So beautiful! Good luck with the yarn contest!
The Amazing Noodle (author)  action pig4 years ago
Thank you so much!
dismissie4 years ago
That's lovely- good luck!
The Amazing Noodle (author)  dismissie4 years ago
Thank you for the good wishes!
happyjo4 years ago
This is absolutely gorgeous!
The Amazing Noodle (author)  happyjo4 years ago
Thank you!
How whimsical. Fabuloso. I want you to win!
Thank you! Hehe, I hope I win too! I just love yarn.
jodi87274 years ago
This is so beautiful. I was going to enter the contest, but now I see no point. I don't have a chance. Anything I do would look like a preschooler playing with her mama's yarn bag. Well, then again, what's wrong with that. Haha. See you soon. LOL.
The Amazing Noodle (author)  jodi87274 years ago
Aw, thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. You should definitely enter anyway, it's all about fun right?
Loen2104 years ago
Wow! I posted this to a crochet group I am in. Wow again and go you!
The Amazing Noodle (author)  Loen2104 years ago
Thank you, and what crochet group did you post it to? I would love to join a new group.
The Amazing Noodle (author) 4 years ago
Thank you all so much!
I subscribed! 5/5!