A Year of Tiny Leaves

Stitching leaves is just so much fun!

At least I think so and it appears you do too!

I recently posted this photo of a tree I created that had enough leaves on it for every day of the year.

The response was overwhelming – so many of you it appears would love to stitch this as well. Rather than wait and release it once it is complete at the start of 2025, I thought it would be much more exciting to bring you along for the journey since lots of you want to join in. It will be so exciting to see all the different variations we can come up with from different stitchers.

This little seed of an idea has been niggling away ever since we did the October ‘Stitch a Leaf a Day‘ challenge. I love stitching leaves and thought it would be really fun to try and create a tree with enough leaves on it to fill a year!

I didn’t realise however that this wasn’t as easy as it might seem. The tree design itself needed to fit within the parameters of my printing and transferring limitations which I wasn’t convinced was going to be big enough to accommodate that many leaves and still resemble a beautiful tree!

Fast forward over a year (and many failed attempts at designing this tree) and I finally created a beautiful tree with lots of lovely leaves to stitch.

About the Project:

This tree is a ‘work in progress’. I am stitching the tree throughout 2024 by way of a leaf a day! There are 366 leaves on the tree (2024 is a leap year!)

Tiny Leaves = Beautiful stitching

Believe it or not each of the leaves is hand drawn so they vary a little bit in shape and size. Generally though they are about 1cm across.

Don’t be fooled by their minature size – they are perfect for all different stitches. This project is completely achievable for everyone – all you need to do is stitch one leaf a day.

 

Make the tree your own

You can choose any colours you want for your tree. I wanted mine to be a variety of greens so had a look in my stash and pulled out any I thought would vary from as well as compliment each other. Here’s what I ended up with. You also need a colour for the trunk and branches.

There are lots of ideas you can use to choose your colour palette – monthly temperature, seasonal hues, bright rainbow, Autumn tree with Oranges, reds and yellows, you could make this a family tree and choose a colour for each month based on each persons favourite!

 

Stitching the Leaves

Since Stitchdoodles is all about stitching lots of different stitches – I couldn’t resist choosing various different stitches and then repeating these randomly throughout. You could just go with one stitch and it would still look stunning.

Here’s a close up of my January leaves. In this little batch I have stitched French knots, Split stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch, trellis, fishbone stitch, fly stitch, back stitch. I played around with the colours and mixed and matched as I went.

Stitching the Trunk

For the tree trunk and branches, I am going to be stitching those as and when I get a bit of extra time. So far I have back stitched around the edges and started filling with chain stitch.

Would you like to stitch a Beautiful Tree?

You can find the following available in the shop now…

PDF Template – print out and transfer to the fabric yourself.
Pre Printed Fabric – all those leaves are already done for you – all you have to do is stitch!

Make sure you show off your Trees in the Happy Stitching FB group – it will be so exciting seeing them all start to grow with lots of lovely stitches through the year!

A Year of Tiny Leaves PDF Embroidery Template

A Year of Tiny Leaves Embroidery Template This is a really unique project for 2024! This beautiful tree has 366 hand drawn leaves on it so one to stitch for every day of the year!  You can read all about this exciting project over on the blog here You can choose whichever colours you like so the perfect stash buster. It is also suitable for all levels since you can choose your own stitches - even if you did every leaf in one stitch it would look amazing. Please Take Note of the Sizes of this Pattern. The tree measures approx 8 inches x 9 inches. Each leaf is approx. 1 cm across (see photo) They are intended to be small as it is intended to be stitched as one leaf per day. Please do not ask for the tree to be resized or made bigger - the size is intentional based on printing settings and upsizing is not possible. Please note: This is NOT a follow along Pattern - the project is for you to stitch using your own colour ideas and stitches.The Pattern is a PDF which once purchased will be available for you to download instantly. The PDF details stitch inspiration for the leaves and trunk to give you a few ideas to get started. What you will get: ✂️PDF Pattern Guide for the ' A Year of Tiny Leaves' ✂️ Full Size Template of the Hand Embroidery Design. You will need a PDF reader to be able to view the attached file. You can download a free reader for your computer here.

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A Year of Tiny Leaves PDF Embroidery Template

A Year of Tiny Leaves Embroidery Template This is a really unique project for 2024! This beautiful tree has 366 hand drawn leaves on it so one to stitch for every day of the year!  You can read all about this exciting project over on the blog here You can choose whichever colours you like so the perfect stash buster. It is also suitable for all levels since you can choose your own stitches - even if you did every leaf in one stitch it would look amazing. Please Take Note of the Sizes of this Pattern. The tree measures approx 8 inches x 9 inches. Each leaf is approx. 1 cm across (see photo) They are intended to be small as it is intended to be stitched as one leaf per day. Please do not ask for the tree to be resized or made bigger - the size is intentional based on printing settings and upsizing is not possible. Please note: This is NOT a follow along Pattern - the project is for you to stitch using your own colour ideas and stitches.The Pattern is a PDF which once purchased will be available for you to download instantly. The PDF details stitch inspiration for the leaves and trunk to give you a few ideas to get started. What you will get: ✂️PDF Pattern Guide for the ' A Year of Tiny Leaves' ✂️ Full Size Template of the Hand Embroidery Design. You will need a PDF reader to be able to view the attached file. You can download a free reader for your computer here.

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A Year of Tiny Leaves Pre Printed Embroidery Fabric Pattern

A Year of Tiny Leaves Pre Printed Embroidery Fabric Panel This is a really unique project for 2024! This beautiful tree has 366 hand drawn leaves on it so one to stitch for every day of the year!  You can read all about this exciting project over on the blog here. You can choose whichever colours you like so the perfect stash buster. It is also suitable for all levels since you can choose your own stitches - even if you did every leaf in one stitch it would look amazing. Please Take Note of the Sizes of this Pattern. The tree measures approx 8 inches x 9 inches. Each leaf is approx. 1 cm across (see photo) They are intended to be small as it is intended to be stitched as one leaf per day. Please do not ask for the tree to be resized or made bigger - the size is intentional based on printing settings and upsizing is not possible. Please note: This is NOT a follow along Pattern - the project is for you to stitch using your own colour ideas and stitches. You will also receive a PDF which details stitch inspiration for the leaves and trunk to give you a few ideas to get started. This listing is for a Pre Printed Embroidery Fabric Panel - the design is printed for you on to a 100% beautiful Ivory Cotton fabric ready for you to get stitching straight away. This will be posted to you. What you will get: A 15 inch square Fabric Panel Pre Printed with the 'A Year of Tiny Leaves' hand embroidery Design. A 15 inch square of soft Calico stabiliser. PDF Guide with inspiration for stitches and colours. Optional Extra: You can choose to add on a Nurge Hoop for stitching the design if required. This design fits a No.4 Nurge Plastic Square Hoop. Make your choice from the drop down menu. This sampler is designed for you to make your own choices on the thread and colours you want to use. It is a great way to use up all those extra threads you have in your stash!

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