One of the things I love so much about Folk Art is how it reduces things to their simplest forms… plus that extra dash of whimsy. Many of the projects on Wee Folk Art are in that style, including this very simplistic Autumn Tree Applique Block. Although using very simple shapes, this tree conveys the beauty of the season and reduces the complexity of nature to its simplest forms.
As always, this applique was designed to fit on a 6″ x 6″ block but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your need. Now that it’s time to embrace autumn, we hope this little applique comes in handy!
The pattern for the Autumn Tree Applique Block can be found HERE.
The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce patterns can be found HERE.
The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.
The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.
DIRECTIONS – Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Make a copy of the pattern.
Cut out felt using material list above and transfer any embroidery markings.
Using a blanket stitch along the top and a running stitch along the 2 sides and bottom, sew grass to block using 3 strands of floss.
Using a running stitch, sew trunk to block using 2 strands of floss.
Using a stem stitch, sew leaves to block along the center stem using 6 strands of floss. Note: The outside edges of the leaf will not be sewn down.
Using a straight stitch, add veins to leaves using 6 strands of floss.
Using a running stitch, sew bird on tree trunk using 2 strands of floss.
Using a running stitch, sew wing on bird using 2 strands of floss.
French knot eye using 6 strands of floss.