When I was decorating my house for my Christmas home tour, I decided I wanted some way to give a little interest to this wall by our back door. I had something up there for a few months, but I just wasn’t feeling it for Christmas, so I took it down. I needed something to fill the space, so I started brainstorming.
For some reason, I’ve been on this embroidery kick lately and I just can’t seem to get out of it! I don’t know what my problem is. I mean, sure, it’s a pretty simple task to embroider something (if you’re not going for perfection!), but man it takes a LOT of time!
I finally got the idea to do a wall of Christmas (pine) trees. I searched online for the perfect Christmas tree for my project and found this one that I fell in love with. It was simple, but still had a classic shape to it. I printed the tree out in various sizes and cut them all out.
I purchased a few different sizes of embroidery hoops from JoAnn Fabric and I “stained” them all with a watered down brown milk paint (Curio by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint). I added a quick coat of hemp oil to the outsides of the hoops and let them dry for a day or so. Then I washed and ironed my fabric (napkins from Ikea) and placed them in the hoops.
Once my hoops were all set to be embroidered I had to figure out how I was going to arrange them, so I traced each hoop and taped it on the wall. Then I played with the arrangement for a little while until I liked the placement of everything.
From there, I started on the two smallest hoops – knowing I could only embroider one small tree on each of those. After those were done, I added to the arrangement one hoop at a time. Each time I finished one, I stepped back and decided if the next hoop needed one or two trees and what sizes they should be. I just traced the trees and then started embroidering.
After a few days of working on this project, I was finally done.
I honestly couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I really love the rustic touch they add to the room. And I’m so in love with the handmade look they give the space.
Looking for more embroidery inspiration? Here are a couple of my recent projects.