So this is sort of a follow-up to my garden art/bird perch post from almost exactly one year ago. Last July, I hung some old embroidery hoops in the garden. I did it for prettiness, but I also thought the birds might like them. I can’t say for sure if they did or if they didn’t, but this handsome purple clematis seems to think they are okay. And he was much easier to catch in the act.
These darling little trees are very easy to make & are made very quickly with precut rug yarn.
- Pre Cut Rug Yarn
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Fold a length of wire in half. I am using 20 gauge, 18” wire. Pipe cleaners also work well for this. Lay your precut yarn inside the folded wire, doing your best to center the strips. I am using a packet of Chartreuse Caron Rug Yarn.
- Pinch the wire together at the fold & leave a small loop so you can insert wire or thread later for hanging. At the other end, twist the 2 ends of wire together.
- Hold the top of tree in one hand & the bottom in the other. Now twist!
- Now it’s time to make your trunk. Roll the cardboard into a tube leaving a hole large enough for the wire to slip into. Secure with glue (hot glue works best here).
- Put some glue inside your tube.
- Slide tube over wire.
Just add some pretty string & hang!
These fetching fellas are two of my favorite embroidered artworks. The blue-eyed gentleman on the left is a reproduction in needlepoint of a painting of a Dutch lifeboat captain by the name, Dorus Rijkers. In his lifetime, Rijkers saved hundreds of people from drowning.
Captain Rijkers is stitched from a vintage WonderArt kit titled “The Fisherman”
The monochrome embroidery is titled “Man Of The Sea”; and was stitched from a crewel kit made in the 70s by Paragon.
This large, colorful embroidery is one of my latest acquisitions.
Picture was created using a crewel kit named “Milady’s Dress Shoppe”. Made by Vogart Crafts in 1976.
Embroidery has lots of details; the napping kitty is my favorite bit.
Knitting needles that have lost their mates make excellent plant markers. I use these giant needles to mark plants while I am weeding a new bed.
Eventually, I think I will be creating a border from them and other found objects like old screwdrivers, forks and various other odds and ends.
Rusty metal embroidery hoops make for pretty garden art.
Find an update to this post here
Vintage curlers re-purposed to hold embroidery thread
Making use of an old silverware box.
Repurposing a clementine box.
i don’t really know what this guy is called, but Bee Moth seems fitting.