Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Tree Skirt

I designed this tree skirt last summer and put it aside since I had so many other things to work on. Then, of course, I was in a rush and just wanted to get it done when I finally had time to work on it. However, I have learned my lesson in this area before. I did my basic satin stitching around the applique design of holly and ribbon, then let it ferment for a while while I thought about it.
Here is the basic stitching. The "ribbon" is in a deep red velvet, although it looks much darker in the photos
Two sections out of six showing how they will line up.

This is what I added after waiting a while. On the right there is a lime-ish green added to the top edges of the holly and the brown stem joining the brances. I am not sure if the pictures capture it, but it makes a big difference in real life.
This is the basic layout with all six sections. You can see that I haven't completed all the secondary stitching on all sections yet.
I will be adding rhinestones in red to form the berries. I just hope it gets done in time for Christmas.

6 comments:

Colleen said...

That is so pretty! It will become a treasured family heirloom in no time!

Mardel said...

Every year I tell myself I am going to make a Christmas tree skirt, and every year I just wrap a piece of fabric around the base.

Your tree skirt is incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Perhaps, if I start this winter, I can finally make something half as lovely.

Have a happy holiday.

RuthieK said...

Love the tree skirt. That looks really nice.

Anonymous said...

MaryPat,

Everything you make is amazing and this tree skirt is no exception! I love to see that beauty under my tree. Good to see what you're working on; I've missed your posts.

Karen (Karendee)

kanishk said...

Your tree skirt is incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Perhaps, if I start this winter, I can finally make something half as lovely.

Have a happy holiday.

Work from home India

Ann said...

Love, love, love your tree skirt. It is lovely done in the white brocade (as I see it) with the applique embroidery on it. I am sure it made your tree look glamourous.