I made this tree for my mother-in-law, Natasha, for her birthday. It was nice to make something different from the flowery quotes that I had been doing, and to do something special for a special person.
This pattern was easy and hard at the same time. Hard because of the relatively intricate roots and branches, and because the thread is only two strands thick so it takes more time to fill it in. (Embroidery thread—usually called floss, don’t ask me why—comes with six strands that you separate depending on the thickness needed). But also easy, because it’s done entirely in stem stitch, with the exception of the leaves.
The other fun thing about this pattern is that it used variegated floss—which means that the thread gradually changes color from dark brown to light and dark green to light, respectively. I still had to take care not to put the same hues directly next to each other, but I didn’t have to buy ten different shades of brown.
Natasha is a very creative person in her own right. Her home is full of her very cool crafts. I’ve been bugging her to start an Etsy store, but for now her creations are for her own enjoyment. I can relate.
Here are some of the cool things she’s made: