This quilt was inspired by a photograph taken in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It features a painted sky, and a 16" thread lace tree. On the little peninsula there are some small pieces of driftwood and shells that I glued to the quilt.
Great job on the tree !
Why thank you Anne. That tree took many hours to make.....but, I did it!!
Peggy, I love, love, love the tree! Now it is your turn to tell me how you did that. I have experiment with putting washable stabilizer between two layers of tulle. Then I just sewed around with no real pattern. How in the world did you do a tree? Really nice.
Hi Debrah, I love thread lace...especially trees. I used two layers of water soluble sulky in a hoop. I kinda sketched out the shape of the tree from my photograph. Then I stitched the trunk first with several different browns....then went to town on the lower half of the tree...make the long branch first and then start filling in, making sure I sew over or on the long main branch. I stitched the lower half of the tree first and completely then I rehooped and did the top section of the tree....starting with the trunk. I made the tree a little taller than it was in the photo since I knew it would shrink a bit when I washed the Sulky out. I of course, was hoping that after I washed the Sulky out I would have a tree left the size I needed. And was thrilled when it fit on my quilt perfectly. I love the tread lace for trees, it gives great dimension to the quilt and I love how the background shows through. This quilt is very close to the look on the actual photograph. When my husband and I happened upon this tree high up on the dolominte cliffs overlooking Lake Michigan we both looked at each other and said perfect for a thread lace tree on a quilt. This tree took me many hours to construct....but, well worth the effort. Did my explanation help??? If not, I can try to give more detailed instructions. Peggy
Peggy, thank you very much for the detailed instructions. You would not believe what a mess I had after I washed the sulky away! Wow, I have a new appreciation for lace making. I think it will take lots of practice to get as good as you are. I would like to practice more on this technique. I can see that it would be nice for trees.
That tree has been made really well!
peggy how do you do a thread lace tree? beautiful