I have always been fascinated by trees. The silhouettes, in winter stark shadows on the snow, the various barks , the variety of leaf shapes. As I said, I am curious about trees.
This particular embroidery piece was started when I gathered a bunch of left over threads from my ort box and was about to throw them into the garbage, ran my hand over them and realized that they could be laid out with yarn or threads (fine or bulky) and I had the base for a tree. The background was painted/dyed with a very thin wash of acrylic paint.. basically green bottom.. blue for sky . Keep it light and let the background show through, i.e. clouds. Machine stitching along the sky line, some more indicating a hill and it was ready for my tree.
I pulled the light coloured threads to one side and the darker ones tothe other side and had shade and highlight. I spread the base of the bunch and formed the roots and spread the thinner threads to form the branches at the top. I pinned them in place, poked and pulled until I was satisfied with the arrangement and then with stitches that followed the lines of the trunk, I sewed them in place.
The leaves were a bunch of greens, yellows and a bit of orange threads piled in a loose ball then spread unevenly over the branches. Sewed in place just enough to hold them. Play with them gently and place your piece on a chair and look at it from a distance. Rearrange to your satisfaction. Enjoy.