Monday, 16 November 2020

A winter tree for Bee Crafty

Hi there! I am going to share with you a little project that I have been working on for a couple of weeks. 
I used: 
Snowflakes from the cool winter journalling girl
Versafine Clair ink (I used grey)
A piece of pale blue polyester cotton (cut from an economy pillowcase)
Some scraps of lilac organza
Various shades of grey and white embroidery thread
Irridesent clear seed beads
Irridesent clear sequins

I began by stamping the tree in versafine clair ink onto the polyester cotton, and placing the pieces of organza across the bottom to make the snowy hills. I placed it in an embroidery hoop and then stitched the organza in place (a back stitch or a running stitch is fine for this)  
I then began to stitch the trunk and branches using the 3 shades of grey thread - the palest grey on one side of the tree and the darkest on the other with the mid grey in the middle. I used varying lengths of straight stitch for this, following the outline of the branches first then filling in any spaces.  I used mostly 2 strands of embroidery threads, switching to one strand where the twigs were thinnest.
Next I took it out of the hoop and stamped three snowflakes (the smaller one was really too small so I would recommend 3 the same size) 
I used a mixture of straight stitch and french knots in single strands of white embroidery threads, but you could use other stitches. 
I used a very fine needle to start adding the beads and sequins. Some just beads on their own, and some over a sequin to represent larger flakes. I took it out of the hoop, gave it a cool iron around where the hoop was and added a few extra beads at the top. Finally I popped it in a box frame, securing the fabric under the mount with double sided tape, and adding a few dots of liquid pearls to the mount.  
Hope you like it! I am definitely looking at stamps that lend themselves to embroidery now, and will also look at items in charity shops that I could use for this sort of project. My pillowcase has been made into many masks too - a bargain at £2 for the pair! 

Don't forget, Bev and Sam are off to Hochanda tomorrow for a show at 1pm featuring the amazingly gorgeous snowflake stamps and some stunning new mdf too! I do hope you can tune in! 

 Thanks for looking!


Viv said...

Your little work of art looks simply beautiful in it's frame Sally. Love it. x

Pat said...

What a wonderful piece of embroidery Sally and you are right that there are many stamps which would lend themselves to this sort of technique. It looks fabulous in the box frame. I love the pretty snowflakes in that beautiful blue and the three little round snowflake toppers and finishing sentiment are just perfect. x

Daffodil Cards said...

I'm speechless at the beauty of this Sally, amazing.
Faith x

cuilliesocks said...

What wonderful samples Sally, your stitching is fabulous, and you've given your little scenes such a frosty look.
Beautiful card too, lovely design and colours, Kate x

Helen said...

that tree is beautiful Sally, equally good in the hoop or it's frame! Hope you are keeping well

Mac Mable said...

What a unique and creative work of art and looks fabulous framed. You are so clever and creative x.

Mrs A. said...

Beautiful embroidered piece . It looks stunning in the frame. Hugs Mrs A.