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Tree of Life SAL Gallery

The 2020 Tree of Life Stitch-Along has now finished, but if you are still stitching then do keep sending in your pictures – we'd love to see them!

Share your version with everyone by sending us a photograph for the Gallery! with a picture of your stitching (resized to 600 x 600 pixels if possible), your name or nickname as you would like it to appear, and some information about the materials you've used.

Click on any of the thumbnails for a bigger version of the image and details about the fabric, threads, etc.

Part One • Part Two • Part Three • Part Four • Part Five • Part Six
Part Seven • Part Eight • Part Nine • Part Ten

If you're looking for pictures from earlier SALs, visit the dedicated galleries for Song of the Weather (2013) and Round in Circles (2016).

Part Ten

Stitches: Quaker stitch, detached chain, buttonhole bar
plain: striped bullion knot or whipped granito, beads
bling: cutwork with small chips, long chip

The finished tree Threads: Lana crewel wool, gold bright check, black beads Threads: Lana crewel wool, gold bright check, black beads
Maureen P Susan F Susan F
Notes: Heathway Milano crewel wool Willow 3, Lilac 2, Lapis 3, Drab 5; Mill Hill beads Notes: Silk Mill stranded silk 3015 3374 3376 4132 4133; wire check #6 in gold, gunmetal and black The finished tree Threads: Chinese silks Threads: fine wool
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Doreen P Elisabet VP, silk Elisabet VP, wool

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Part Nine

Stitches: Bayeux stitch or long and short stitch/soft shading, bead edging or fly stitch couching (with silver Jap in the bling version)

DMC Diamante Threads: Lana crewel wool, silver passing Threads: DMC 700, 702, 907, 824, 826, 828 Threads: Silk Mill 3305, 3306, 4134, 4015, 4177, 4179 and blue metallic 3 ply twist Kreinik metallic, cup sequins
Maureen P Susan F Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling Doreen P
Notes: Heathway Milano crewel wool Willow 3 5 7, Lapis 3 4 6 Notes: Silk Mill stranded silk 3137 4132 4133 (green) and 4174 4176 4183 (blue); Kreinik silver #7 Jap Tree Part 9 Tree Part 9 DMC Diamante
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Erica M Erica M Maureen P

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Part Eight

Stitches: Italian shading or Pekinese stitch, couching, sequins/spangles attached with stitches or with beads

Tree Part 8
Erica M
Threads: DMC stranded cotton Threads: Lana crewel wool, gold Jap, sequins Threads: Lana crewel wool, gold Jap, sequins Threads: DMC 971,722,3825, 725 and 445, sequins and beads from stash Threads: Silk Mill 3297,3316,4148, Jap #7
Georgia S Susan F Susan F Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling
Threads: perle cotton #5 and #8, Jap, Kreinik braid Threads: perle cotton, metallics Threads: perle cotton; metallics Tree Part 8 Tree Part 8
Trina H Angélique SG Angélique SG Maureen P Maureen P
Notes: Heathway Milano crewel wool Lilac 2, 4, 6 and Honey 4, 6; cup sequins Notes: Silk Mill stranded silk 3374, 3376, 3378; Kreinik #7 Jap, #4 passing Threads: Chinese silks, Jap, passing Kreinik metallic, cup sequins Kreinik metallic, cup sequins
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Elisabet VP Doreen P Doreen P

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Part Seven

Stitches: shaded fly stitch or Vandyke stitch or Cretan stitch, Palestrina stitch or knotted loop stitch

Threads: Lana crewel wool, 2 strands
Susan F
Alternative leaf in silk Tree Part 7 Tree Part 7 Tree Part 7 Threads: perle cotton
Erica M – alternative leaf in silk Erica M Doreen P Doreen P Angélique SG
Tree Part 7 Tree Part 7 Threads: DMC 210, 327, 553 Threads: Silk Mill 4168, 4170, 4171 Tree Part 7
Maureen P Maureen P Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling Erica M
Notes: Heathway Milano crewel wool Lapis 3, 5, 7 Notes: Silk Mill stranded silk 3365, 3366, 3367 Threads: Chinese silks Threads: Chinese silks Threads: DMC variegated stranded cotton
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Elisabet VP Elisabet VP Georgia S

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Part Six

Stitches: Portuguese knotted stem stitch or pueblo chain stitch, lazy daisy or ribbed spider's web, single or double seeding

Threads: DMC 3831, 335, 3716 Threads: Silk Mill 3110, 3311, 3376 Threads: perle cotton Threads: Lana crewel wool, 2 strands
Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling Angélique SG Susan F
Tree Part 6 Tree Part 6 Tree Part 6 Tree Part 6 Tree Part 6
Maureen P Erica M Erica M Doreen P Doreen P
Notes: Heathway Milano crewel wool Dusky Rose 2, 4, 6 Notes: Silk Mill stranded silk 4023, 4086, 4087 Tree Part 6 Threads: Chinese silks, pearl purl Tree Part 6
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Georgia S Elisabet VP Maureen P

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Part Five

Stitches: Mountmellick stitch or raised chain stitch, whipped or laced backstitch
plain: bullion knots
bling: long chips (cutwork)

Threads: perle cotton
Angélique SG
Tree Part 5 Tree Part 5 Threads: Lana crewel wool, 2 strands Threads: DMC 971, 722, 3825, 726 Threads: Silk Mill 3207, 3316, 4148, Gilt wire check
Maureen P Maureen P Susan F Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling
Notes: Heathway Milano crewel wool Lilac 2, 4, 6 and Honey 4, 6 Notes: Silk Mill stranded silk 3374, 3376, 3378, bright check DMC perle #8 & stranded cotton DMC perle #8 & stranded cotton DMC stranded cotton, #2 pearl purl
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Doreen P Doreen P Georgia S

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Part Four

Stitches: Ceylon stitch or detached buttonhole filling or lattice work, cable stem stitch

Threads: Silk Mill 4168,4170 and 4171 Threads: perle cotton Threads: perle cotton
Louise H, Bling Angélique SG Angélique SG
Tree Part 4 Tree Part 4 Tree Part 4 2 strands DMC, gold beads Threads: DMC stranded cotton 327, 553 and 210
Edna S Doreen P Doreen P Georgia S Louise H, Plain
Threads: Heathway Milano crewel wool Lapis 3, 5, 7 Threads: Silk Mill stranded silk 3365, 3366, 3367 Tree Part 4 Tree Part 4 Tree Part 4
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Erica M Maureen P Maureen P

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Part Three

Stitches: heavy chain stitch, chain stitch, sequins/spangles attached with beads or sequins attached with stitches [pistil stitch]
plain: padded satin stitch, modified fly stitch
bling: couched pearl purl & padded kid leather or spangles couched with milliary wire

Tree Part 3 Threads: perle cotton Threads: DMC Broder Medicis and Fru Zippe Flora fine wool
Shirley W Edna S Angélique SG Elisabet VP – alternative tree in fine wool
Brown beads Cup sequins Threads: DMC stranded cotton 971, 722, 3825; sequins and beads recycled from a Spanish tablecloth Threads: Silk Mill 3207, 3316, 4148; gold kid, pearl purl, sequins and beads recycled from a Spanish tablecloth Green sequins
Maureen P Doreen P Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling Erica M
Threads: Heathway Milano crewel wool Lilac 2, 4, 6 and Honey 4, 6 Threads: Silk Mill stranded silk 3374, 3376, 3378, spangles, milliary Threads: DMC perle #8, gold kid, pearl purl Threads: Chinese silks, gold kid, pearl purl Brown beads
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Mabel F, Bling bird Elisabet VP Maureen P

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Part Two

Stitches: blanket stitch with detached buttonhole or up-and-down blanket stitch or double buttonhole stitch, French knots or colonial knots

Threads: perle cotton #5, stranded cotton Threads: perle cotton #5 and #8 Threads: perle cotton
Shirley W Deena P Trina H Angélique SG
A different arrangement of detached buttonhole stitch 2 strands DMC 2 strands DMC Threads: DMC stranded cotton 3811, 335, 3716 Threads: 3110, 3311, 3376
Heather K Doreen P Georgia S Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling
Heathway Milano crewel wool Dusky Rose 2, 4, 6 Silk Mill stranded silk 4023, 4086, 4087 Tree Part 2 Close-up of the leaf Fabric: cotton twill<br />Threads: Aubusson fine wool
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Edna S Edna S Maureen P

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Part One

Stitches: stem stitch, split stitch
plain: whipped stem stitch
bling: overstretched pearl purl with coloured core

Fabric: Zweigart Normandie<br />Threads: DMC stranded cotton 300, 780, 738 Fabric: Zweigart Normandie<br />Threads: Silk Mill  3422, 3018, 3230; pearl purl Threads: perle cotton #5, stranded cotton Threads: perle cotton #5 and #8, Kreinik braid Threads: perle cotton
Louise H, Plain Louise H, Bling Deena P Trina H Angélique SG
Fabric: lawn<br />Threads: DMC stranded cotton Fabric: Heavy cotton with a thin muslin/calico backing<br />Threads: DMC stranded floss/cotton, DMC Metallic Fabric: Heavy cotton with a thin muslin/calico backing<br />Threads: DMC stranded floss/cotton, DMC Metallic Fabric: linen from stash<br />Threads: DMC stranded cotton
Georgia S Edna S Edna S Heather K Doreen P
Fabric: linen twill<br />Threads: Heatway Milano crewel wool Drab 3, 5, 7 Fabric: densely woven linen<br />Threads: Silk Mill stranded silk 3013, 3015, 3018; gold pearl purl #2 Fabric: cotton twill<br />Threads: Aubusson fine wool, 1760, 3816 and 3742 Fabric: cotton twill<br />Threads: Aubusson fine wool, 1760, 3816 and 3742 Fabric: twill<br />Threads: Gumnut Tulips (mohair)
Mabel F, Plain Mabel F, Bling Maureen P Maureen P Jane C

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