Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Little Christmas Tree

You still have a day or two to stitch out a Brazilian dimensional embroidery design and use your needle art to make an original greeting card for a friend.
The original post with all instructions is published here: http://rosaliewakefield-millefiori.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-tree-lot-free-brazilian.html.  Or you can open my blog and look for posts on December 3, 2012.
Pictured above is a Christmas tree finished as a small ornament in a 2 1/2" frame. (Somehow the concept of decorating a Christmas tree with a Christmas tree escapes me ...)

You can add beads and charms, and the blog post will show you how to trim a small hoop with braid.
Or you can design a collage greeting card using all sorts of novelty threads (that green jobby in the upper left corner is from a plastic silk (?) fern spray from the craft store.           
     I first tried this idea of collage cards when I stitched the Millefiori Flower Patch (#828) and Veggie Patch (#829) designs,

and I filled my book, An Artist's Garden, with more small designs that would make pretty little cards.
Like this:
And this:
(Those holly leaves are made with the pulled buttonhole stitch.)
Or you could dress this little flower girl in Christmas colors and ask her to hold a little poinsettia bouquet (reverse lazy daisy stitches/the pointed end is on the outside).
Have fun, everyone! Happy Holidays, for whichever holidays you celebrate. I like to say "Merry Christmas" myself, but I am an equal-opportunity celebration person. (If you bring the chocolate, we will celebrate!)


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