Do you decorate a branch for Easter?
We discovered the tradition of decorating an Easter branch when we were posted to Germany in the 80s. Our landlady lived in the apartment next door to ours and had brought in a flowering branch to decorate with small wooden ornaments; eggs, bunnies, chicks and birdhouses with tiny birds inside.
We thought it was such a fun idea that we adopted the tradition and have been collecting and making decorations for our Easter branch ever since.
Since Easter is so early, our branches aren’t flowering yet but they do have tiny leaf buds on them.
New this year on our branch are embroidered fabric Easter cones filled with candy.
If you follow me @supermomnocape on Instagram you’ll have seen the lamb and duckling but might not have been able to guess what they were going to be turned into.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, it would be so much fun if you popped over and hit the follow button. I often share things I’m working on for the blog over there.
To make the candy filled cones, I began by tracing the template from my Fabric Cone Tutorial onto the pretty pink, blue and purple fabrics. Then I traced a lamb, bunny and duckling… each on to a different color.
The lamb is stitched in white french knots for her wool, backstitch and satin stitch for her face and satin stitch on her hooves.
For the duckling… his beak and feet are backstitched in orange but I wanted to give him a “fluffy” texture that backstitch wouldn’t have achieved so I tried a new-to-me stitch for his yellow fluff; Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch.
Once you get the hand of it, Hungarian braided chain stitch is an excellent stitch for stitching around curves even such tight curves as at the end of the ducklings wings and tail. I will admit that about half way through, I wasn’t sure it was going to work. But I’m really glad that I stuck with it because I love how the little duckling turned out.
By the time I got to the bunny, I was running short of time if I wanted to finish sewing the embroidered fabric cones to add them to our Easter branch. Trying anything fancy or new was out of the question so he was done completely in backstitch with just a tiny bit of satin stitch for his eye and nose.
Even though I kept the stitching simple, he still turned out adorable.
Sometime during the next year, I’ll need to make 2 more embroidered fabric cones for our soon-to-be son-in-laws. Their Easter treats will have to be gifted in something else this year.
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