This wall-hanging has been brewing in my fevered imagination for over a year. I’ve worked on it off and on in stages for months. Over 60 different yo-yos were used to construct the tree-top. I used every size circular yo-yo maker made by Clover to make my yo-yos. I also made a point of using as many different green prints as possible.
I started this project by embroidering texture onto the tree trunk. This took a long time. It also proved to me the absolute necessity of working in bright light since I had embroidered two long rows of stem stitch down the tree trunk in maroon rather than brown before I turned on the light and noticed the difference. There was much swearing. Yet, I think the effect actually works, providing depth to the bark of the tree so I didn’t rip it out. Also, I don’t rip.
This project also became an excuse to play with beads. Being a beader I have lots of very pretty beads that I may or may not ever get to use. Most of the beads and buttons used in the tree canopy are odd bits and leftovers from other projects. I love the sparkle they lend to the tree. After all, trees do rather shimmer and sparkle on a sunny day.
For the final touch of whimsy I added rick rack, beads, buttons, and still more yo-yos to the bottom to make a flower bed. Of course there is my signature frog button waving happily from the tree roots.
The back has a pocket for me to add a dowel rod if necessary. The whole wall hanging is fairly heavy so one will no doubt prove useful. This project was a lot of fun to work on and it is a definite breath of summer fun during winter. I hope it makes you smile!
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