This is the second piece in my little Mini Masterpiece series of cross stitch on a Tunisian Crochet simple stitch background. You can see the first piece in my previous post. There is something therapeutic about working the simple stitch, and combined with a variegated yarn, it produces a beautiful fabric!
After crocheting the background I decided on the tree theme. I loved the yarn and was anxious to start stitching, so I didn't take the time to decide what would be stitched on the background. I let the finished crochet fabric do the talking!
After I decided on the tree I got to work stitching the trunk:
Then I decided how to make the foliage of the tree. I had some lovely soft chenille in my yarn stash, so I combined it with a coordinating wool to make different sized crocheted circles. My original idea was to place a circle at the top of each branch, like a Bonsai tree, but it looked a little odd. I like how they look layered on top of each other much better. It gives it more of a 3D effect, and I love this mix of textures in the different types of yarn. I think the mix of textures emulates nature.
I am really enjoying stitching these Tunisian pieces, and I think there will be more to come in 2016!