Post # 1
I saw a ring bearer pillow on Etsy (or was that on WB?) with a watercolor tree painted on the fabric. I thought it was really pretty and thought it would be even more awesome if it were an embroidered tree. I thought I would give it a whirl, even though my only experience with embroidery was when our mom tried to get us into cross stitch when I was, like, 7. ^_^
So I looked up a few different tutorials on basic embroidery stitches and bought some embroidery floss and white cotton fabric. I used a detached chain stitch for the leaves, my own kinda wrong way of making French knots and just a basic stitch for the outlines and the tree texture (thread). I pillaged an old pillow for stuffing since I hadn’t bought any because I didn’t know if my attempt would be worth stuffing or not. ^_^
Anyways, here it is. I’d say it’s about 6 or 7 inches square. Sorry for the poor lighting–I swear the leaves are actually a nice kelly green. [attachment=871346,108680]
Post # 3
That is so cute! I can’t believe you made that yourself… and I love that you pillaged an old pillow for stuffing, haha. Awesome job!
Post # 4
this is really cute! you did great!
Post # 5
I love it. You did a great job.
Post # 6
Oh! that’s really cute and original. Love it!!
Post # 8
Wow! You picked it up just like that?! You did such a great job!
Post # 9
Beautiful job!! What a wonderful keepsake!
Post # 10
Oh my goodness!!! You did an amazing job! I’d seriously start selling on Etsy if I were you 🙂 You did a great job!! I LOVE it! I got married under an oak tree & something like that would have been perfect! 🙂
Post # 11
you are talented! love the simple yet intricate design! 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! ^_^ I meant to embroider our initials and wedding date on the back before stuffing it but it slipped my mind. 😛 I’ll have to figure out what to do about that.
If anyone else is interested in trying embroidery stitches, this is the website I used: http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/basic-embroidery-stitches.html
The website is going through some issues (it was easier to navigate last week and seems to have exploded somewhat–for some reason all the text is black on black now :P) but the pictures and instructions are really clear and easy to follow for the most part (after you highlight the text so you can see it). After you get the hang of it with some practice stitches, it’s really not too hard! ^_^
Post # 13
That’s very impressive. I don’t think I would be able to free-stitch that and I consider myself a sewer.
Post # 14
Love the heart in the tree trunk, good job!
Post # 15
OMG- I love it! I could never even imagine making something that nice! Great job!
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
wow, that is lovely! great job!