Unlike my usual work, this is simplicity itself 😉. I was inspired by a picture of my favorite tree in that lovely new leaf stage:
…and wanted to interpret it on my Bernina. This is a VERY fast project! Simply trace the branch pattern you like as a guide (or not), thread up with dark brown (Aurifil is all I use when I play with cotton thread), and get ready to satin-stitch the branches on your fabric. (Preferably already fused into stiff fusible.)
When doing trees, I find it easier to put the piece trunk-facing-away from me, so that as I stitch, I travel up the branch. On most machines, you can simply hold the stitch-width button down as you stitch to smoothly narrow the ‘branch’ as you approach the tip.
When you’re happy with your “branches,” it is time for leaves. I Misty-fused a small piece of dappled light green batik and sliced it into lots of little pieces. You will notice in the photo that I cut some as full leaf shapes and others as more random small bits to suggest buds.
Scatter your leaves where you’d like them, press (with pressing sheet as invariably a few leaves will turn over), and stitch down through all of the leaves to secure them to the branch. This makes a lovely “Happy Spring!” card for a loved one :).