Embroidered Tree and Sun

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Introduction: 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.

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    11 Discussions

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    Dr. P
    Dr. P

    7 years ago on Introduction

    That's impressive. I love the richness of the tree!

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It's very much a matter of patience, and if it's your own design, nobody can see mistakes.

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    PotatoCoffee
    PotatoCoffee

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't have enough patience for that type of thing =€

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    audreyobscura

    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)