Freestanding Lace 4

These earrings were a special request for a third grade girl. On the surface, this sounded really easy. All she wanted was a Christmas tree. How hard could it be?

I needed to work at a much smaller scale, about 1″ finished, since these were for a child. Turns out it’s a little more challenging to work on something that small. You can enlarge it as much as you want on the screen of course, but there’s a delicate balance between having things to scale and having them big enough to be noticeable. I’m not sure I was entirely successful. If this were a 6′ tree, the ornaments would be about 9″ across.

I’m also wondering about the best stitching order. I have each element a different color in order to avoid jump stitches. Is it better to stitch all the ornaments on one tree first, or is it better to stitch the first ornament on both trees? If both earrings are the same (which isn’t always the case for me), it’s fewer thread changes to do the corresponding ornaments together. If all the ornaments will be the same color, it seems more logical to finish the ornaments on the first tree. I still haven’t decided which way is best. Opinions, anyone?

I considered outlining the trunk in brown, but decided it was better to keep the outline one continuous thread to help things stay together.

I had some loose threads that I just couldn’t trim, so I burned them away with a match. This worked well, especially because the earrings were still wet.

Small Christmas Tree Earrings

Small Christmas Tree Earrings

Settings for this design

Density of lace base: 2.0 (in Generations)
Satin outline: 1.0 mm
Two layers of WSS (not the clear kind you use on top of napped fabrics)
Hoop: 4×4
Finished size: 1″ X 1.875″ including loop but excluding wire

I used green embroidery thread in the bobbin throughout. Resizing FSL is not recommended and may lead to unreliable results. I plan to make another set that’s about twice this size. I accidentally skipped one of the ornaments. The file has one in the spot where it looks like it needs one.

Trim the stabilizer from the finished item and soak it in warm water just long enough to tear the remaining WSS away from the edges. You want to leave as much as possible in the threads to stiffen the earrings. Don’t empty the water down the sink. I’ve heard it can do bad things to your plumbing.

Here’s a link to the pes file. Drop me a note if you need other formats and I’ll see what I can do. You are welcome to use this file to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery file. Small Christmas Tree Earrings

Dropbox may ask you to create an account or sign in, but there’s a ‘no thanks’ link that will let you proceed to the download.


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5 replies

  1. Danke für Ihre lehrreichen Blogs. Sie gefallen mir sehr gut.


  2. When you are stitching out multiple designs, I heard that it’s better to have one design stitch out completely before moving on to the next one. The reason is that the something might shift while stitching. For example, the first ornament on tree #2 might look okay, but by the time you get to the last one, you might be out of alignment and the ornament is where the star should be. I’m not sure if this advice applies to all embroidery or only FSL. I think I heard it from Lindee G (, but I’m not positive. Anyway, HTH. 😊


    • I think that’s probably true, especially for FSL. Whenever I do multiples in the same hoop, I finish one all the way through before I start the next one instead of changing the order. For a key fob that’s not very many stitches, it doesn’t seem to shift as much. In this case, it probably woudn’t matter much for doing the pair of earrings in my smallest hoop, since it wouldn’t be noticeable if the ornaments were off a bit on one. (There’s no gap in the tree where the ornaments go.) However, if I were doing a dozen pairs in a larger hoop, I would do one at a time. I also use two layers of a good stabilizer. I think that helps with the shifting.


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