More new additions to my shop this week!
These little Christmas trees are now rivalling my pinecones as my favourite things to make. It’s far too early for a 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 – pictured here – 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 as a miniature pine forest.
But they are also lovely with the little seed beads too (rather hard to see in the photos). I just can’t decide, so I’m offering both!
(Click on a picture to enlarge it.)
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.
I have introduced new colours!
See the complete range of miniature Christmas trees here.
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