Thursday, January 31, 2008

Topiary Tree Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog

Topiary Tree... tutorial
Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri

I still have not done any sewing...withdrawal symptoms are starting to set in, but here is one of my favourite designs for you to make.A lovely topiary tree to embroider and frame....great gift idea!

Please read all the instructions carefully before starting


Fabric and Pellon 13”x15”
Bucilla 4mm silk ribbon, 2 cards for the main roses and buds, 1 card for the daisies and bow, 1 card green ribbon for the leaves.
Green stranded cotton for the leaves, Gold thread for the pot, Brown rayon stranded thread for the tree pole.
Five gold beads.
Sewing thread to match ribbon of the main roses.
No. 20 Chenille needles are used for the ribbon embroidery.
No.9 crewel needles are used for the threaded embroidery.
I used a spray can top to draw in the circle for the flower ball.

Embroidery measures.. 6 1/2 inches ....Click on picture and it will come up bigger and easier to see.


Iron fabric to remove creases, tack pellon onto back of fabric.Fold fabric in half horizontally and vertically and finger press to find centre.Making sure to line up centre of fabric to the centre of the design sheet, use pencil to mark in the main flower placements through the paper....I only dot in the flower placements and work in the rest freehand.

1. SPIDER WEB ROSES: With thread to match ribbon, stitch in the five evenly spaced spokes for the roses, then using the 4mm silk ribbon weave in the ribbon to make the roses.

2. DAISIES: With the 4mm contrast ribbon work in the daisy flowers in ribbon stitch as shown in the design sheet.

3. BUDS: Keeping the shape of the tree round, using the different colours of the 4mm ribbon stitch in buds around and in between the flowers leaving room for some leaves. Using one strand of green thread work a straight and a fly stitch on each bud.

4. LEAVES: With the 4mm green ribbon, Ribbon stitch the leaves around flowers. With one strand of green thread work lazy daisy leaves in and around flowers to soften the design.

5. TREE POLE: Using rayon stranded cotton cut 18 strands of thread 20cm long, Holding one end in left hand twist with right hand until threads begin to kink, then fold in half and allow the cord to twist onto itself. Tape both ends with sticky tape to stop them unravelling. Make a tiny hole at base of tree ball and insert one end of pole, pin down to hold. Measure straight down 6cm, make a tiny hole and insert other end of pole, pin down to hold making sure tree pole is straight. Using one strand of the same thread stitch in place, Stitching in between the twists as though part of the tree. Stitch down both ends of pole at back.

6. GOLD POT: Make a template of the pot from the design sheet or draw up your own design, Lining up the centre of the pot to the base of the tree pole, draw around template with HB pencil and using 1 strand of gold floss, Stem stitch around pot, stitch in design on pot as shown in design sheet.

7. BOW: With 4mm ribbon make a bow and stitch in place under tree ball with French knots

8. TREE BASE: Using left over 4mm ribbon work small buds and leaves in pot, and Lazy daisy leaves.Your work is now ready to be framed or made into a cushion. A boxed frame with matching Matt board will enhance your work and keep it dust free.

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Copyright © 2007 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri on her "Julia's Place" Blog - For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, ribbon embroidery, and all things Victorian.  For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site -

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