More new additions to my shop this week! These little trees are now rivalling my pinecones as my favourite things to make. It’s far too early for real Christmas trees (we’re a week-before-Christmas family) but I’ve had such a lot of fun decorating these tiny treasures.
I have made little Christmas trees before – and you can still order this type – but when I came to making them again this year, I felt I wanted to adapt them into something more natural and organic feeling.
I’m so pleased with the result!
To be honest, I can’t make up my mind if I prefer them with or without decorations. They are so sweet in their natural state in a miniature pine forest.
But they are also lovely with the little seed beads too – I can’t decide, so I’m offering both!
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The former is made in 100% bamboo yarn, hand-dyed and balled by women in an economically deprived region of South Africa, providing much-needed employment and empowerment. The latter is a bamboo and wool blend yarn. The trees are stuffed with 100% British sheep wool, an annually renewable resource. The teeny stars are crocheted with embroidery cotton.
I don’t purchase new beads, buttons, or embroidery cotton as I aim to keep Little Conkers as sustainable as possible. When I need buttons and embroidery thread, they come from charity shops. The tiny red and gold seed beads on the trees are from my stash. I’ve been trying to think when I purchased them – I know it was when I was in my first flat, so probably around 15 years ago. I have (obviously) never found a use for all of them, but I can’t throw perfectly good beads away, so I think it’s entirely in keeping with my ethos to use them on these little trees.
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