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A Simple, Quick Embroidered 3-D Christmas Tree using Yarnia PDX Bits and Pieces
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:12
This is one of those simple and quick projects that lends itself to all kinds of possibilities. It is beautiful just as it is. Or it presents a great surface for adding beads, embroidery,sequins....
I have leftover Yarnai PDX yarn still left on cones from previous projects and more cones that I have purchased as "cone ends" from Yarnia PDX that I have been collecting over the past few years.
And lots of grab bags - more than this actually - that I have been accumulating for another "Yarnia" project!
While sorting out, I suddenly realized these gorgeous blended yarns would make fabulous and I mean fabulous embroidery yarns!!
The idea to embroider a Christmas tree and stretch it over a styrofoam cone was born!! From there I let Muse have her way!!!
The original intention was to use a 10" styrofoam cone I had picked up at a thrift for 25 cents. More about THAT below! Draw a cone on freezer paper to fit the styrofoam cone allowing for overlaps all around, and then cut out and traced onto a fairly open weave fabric (to accommodate the larger size yarn.
A lead pencil is fine for tracing - (you can see the outline in the image above). Divide the cone into three parts - if you look closely, you can see those lines as well.
Fit the fabric into an embroidery hoop and the fun begins!!
Begin your embroidery of each color at the center and work to one side and then the other changing the stitch length as you wish.
To save yarn, work from bottom edge to top edge and then from top edge to bottom edge.
In order to follow the contours of the section you are working on, make the first center stitch perfectly vertical. As you move toward the side, make each stitch a little wider at the bottom than it is at the top!
Continue working the bottom tier changing yarn color and stitch length as you work...
… until your first tier of the cone looks like this! Completely filled in!
To prepare to embroider the second tier, use a single strand of yarn in one of the colors selected for that tier, and use your thread and needle to "draw" the outlines of the section onto the embroidery as shown.
As you can see, those little lines will be a big help in knowing where to place your stitches as the line between sections is hidden by the embroidery as you work.
Continue embroidery until the little tree is completed! Notice that I pulled sparkly bits from some scrap yarns to add sparkle! Purple, silver and gold.
Embellish to your heart's content or leave it just as it was embroidered! Beautiful either way.
If you prefer, leave your tree embroidery flat - mounted in the hoop as a frame, or release it, stretch it and place in a square frame.
Or make it into a three dimensional tree to stand on your mantel or on a table.
Now is the time to admit that my tree, while not a fail, did not turn out exactly as intended. BUT as a result - other possibilities emerged!!!
That lovely Styrofoam cone - well it sorta disappeared. Still can not find that really great place I put it so I would not lose it!!
But if you are working with such a cone, simply stretch the fabric over the cone surface, stretch to fit nicely and then pin into place - along the side seams and top and bottom.
Glue a cardboard circle and then a felt circle on the bottom. Fold the top fabric into the top, trimming any excess. Then make a tree topper or simply make millions of lovely French Knots at the top as I did!
Or use a cardboard cone, stretch the fabric around and secure it with glue (I prefer using Mod Podge), tuck the bottom fabric into the opening and secure with glue or strong tape.
With no cone the right size available to me, I decided to stitch up the side seam, stuffed the tree with fiber fill, and proceeded as described above for the styrofoam cone!
At first, I was unhappy that the stitching was not as straight as I had envisioned because using this method prevents stretching. But now, I love it!!!
Although any yarn stash will work, I really really love the blended yarns available at Yarnia PDX - more about them here. And if you don't live in Portland, OR, you can order cone ends and grab bags from the on line store here. You can even order the cardboard cones! They are heavier than those offered at craft stores and a much better choice for this project if you are wanting to use a paper cone.
I am planning a whole forest of embroidered Yarnia Trees!! Can not make just one!!