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Embroidered Tree and Sun

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I made this piece about twenty years ago, when I took a short series of night classes on fabric crafts.  At roughly a foot tall, it was a planning piece for a much larger piece which has, unfortunately, since disappeared in a house-move.

Unfortunately, that's well before Instructables began, and about 8 years before I started digital photography, so all I can show you are these "finished" images.

I made the felt from fleece, washing it in soapy water, and then rolling it briskly in a cheap beach mat.

I drew the outline of the tree on a sheet of paper, and then sewed along the outline to transfer the design to the felt.  Ripping the paper off, I then "coloured in" the tree with paired green-and-brown threads to simulate the texture and colour of a tree.

Embroidering the Sun was a lot trickier, not because of the shape, but because I was sewing into a very thin, patchy section of fleece.

I didn't use a frame or hoop, just held the felt taught by hand while I sewed.  It took... hours.  I forget how many, but it was a lot.

In the final piece, the Sun was not embroidered, but was a deliberately-ragged piece of thin cotton, which I painted in water-based paints than ran and merged into each other, and then appliquéd to the felt, before embroidering the tree in green-and-brown yarn.
Dr. P1 year ago
That's impressive. I love the richness of the tree!
Kiteman (author)  Dr. P1 year ago
Thank you!
Love the details in this piece!
Kiteman (author)  ATatteredCanvas1 year ago
Thank you!
This reallyis very good! I am terrible at embroidery.
Kiteman (author)  PotatoCoffee1 year ago
It's very much a matter of patience, and if it's your own design, nobody can see mistakes.
I don't have enough patience for that type of thing =€
it's pretty cute! i like how the colors of the tree look from farther away - but when you get up close, you can see browns and greens and a few pinks. good work. (sends high five 20 years back in time)
Kiteman (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Thanks!
Really beautiful work!
Kiteman (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thank you.
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