Tree of Stitches
This design is a wonderful learning sampler for those
wanting to take their first steps stitching on evenweave/linen, those
ready to learn the basics of counted speciality stitches or wanting to
improve their knowledge, and also for those who already enjoy
counted-thread embroidery, but are looking for something a little
different to the 'same-old, same-old' band samplers.
Begining with cross-stitch over two-fabic threads, which creates the Tree's trunk, you work one branch at a time in a clockwise manner around the tree, learning a new stitch for each branch. Instructions are easy to follow yet very detailed, with clear, original diagrams and suggestions for varying the look of your Tree, to make it truly YOUR unique project!
Little 'Horace' the rabbit is gazing up at 'Lester' the owl, who is perched high in the tree hiding amongst all those special leaves!
You are encouraged to choose your own colours and threads and be as creative as possible. The Tree can be worked monochrome or multi-coloured, and it is ideal for using up scraps of threads left over from previous projects, which makes it very economical. There are options for including touches of metallic threads and even beads, too, if you'd like!
Stitches was originally designed as a Stitch-A-Long on the Yahoo group,
The Stitch Specialists, in 2011, and there are members working second,
or even third and fourth trees!
Have a look at the Gallery for some
wonderfully inspiring photos of how stitchers have worked their Tree of
I give details for fabric requirements for different fabric counts, although you will need an evenweave or linen fabric - aida is not suitable for this project.