Acorn Tree Revisited

I think last Easter I talked about working an oak tree with acorns.  Sometimes other priorities get in the way and the new design takes longer to hatch.  I finally started work on it in Florida in December and today (in Vermont) I finished it!!!!!


I am very pleased with the results, particularly, the acorns.  On the original 1650’s inspiration the acorns were turned with a little raised end for the cap end.  I used some felt padding to achieve the same results and then worked the needle lace over the top.  Hope you like it.


16 Comments so far

  1. Laura Kerton on January 8th, 2009

    Hey - this is amazing! I love it - it looks so beautiful and elegant, especially the trunk. It really reminds me of old school stumpwork. What is the background made of?

  2. Fiona Card Fairy on January 8th, 2009

    Hi Jan

    Happy New Year!
    Oh the acorns are simply beautiful …. now for pumpkins! ?

    Too much work not enough stitching time….
    I hate Xmas cards

    Xx Fi

  3. katie paxton on January 9th, 2009

    I think this is just amazing.
    Just beautiful, how in the world did you do it.


  4. Pat Monteith on January 11th, 2009


  5. Romilly on January 11th, 2009

    Jan, that’s just gorgeous!!! I love the needlelace acorn caps.

    You’re inspiring me to go finish some of the projects I’ve got lying around!


  6. Nancy Lee on January 11th, 2009

    I watched this tree “Leaf” out and bear fruit quicker than nature could have done. Good job! I am now stitching leaves and accorns with proper tops. Miss you already.

  7. Shirley & Rachel on January 12th, 2009

    Hello Jan,
    Happy New Year!
    Can’t believe you managed to stitch anything yourself while you have been away! The acorn tree is superb! Can’t wait to see the real thing. Background you have used looks interesting too. Mum and I are back in the shop. I am frantically inputting new class dates on the website and all is back to normal (except for having your smiling face around) Dougy had dinner with Mum & Dad on Saturday. Mum said they had a lovely night and she thinks Doug was suitably impressed with her slow cooked lamb! We are looking forward to seeing you again and all your wonderful photo’s. Keep safe! Rachel & Shirley. xo

  8. Lisa V on January 17th, 2009

    Jan, what can I say, your acorns are beautiful. How have you managed to find time to design and stitch? Obviously too much time on your hands!!
    We are missing you, it feels like you’ve been away for such a long time, can’t wait to get back to class and hear all about your adventure and funny stories.
    Take care, Lisa x

  9. Willie Conway on January 20th, 2009

    Hi Jan,

    A big thank you Jan for all you share with us in the USA. I am sure your friends back home miss you. I am so pleased I was able to go to a few of your classes. I finally learned which end of the needle goes into the fabric first. Your patience with beginners is so amazing. The giggle fits are fun as well. Enjoy life and be well.

  10. Fiona N on January 22nd, 2009

    Hi Jan

    Sounds like you have been busy…. but we need a blog!!!!
    XX F

  11. jeannie on February 7th, 2009

    Hello, while looking for tips on stumpwork i find myself on your blog.I must say i’ve seen many but your work is amazing! Beautiful! I’m putting you on my favourite page and i’ll be back to visit!

  12. Gwenddydd on March 3rd, 2009

    Wahou !
    It’s beautiful !
    And I’m sorry don’t know better word in english…

  13. crazypatch on March 9th, 2009

    Gorgeous… You’re inspiring me

  14. bridget kelly on May 28th, 2010

    You are an amazing artist- this piece is just remarkable! do you do custom work for people?
    if so, please contact me at the email you required. thank you. Bridget

  15. Liz on August 1st, 2010

    I never heard of stumpwork before. In looking for examples, I found your site. All I can say is WOW!!!! Beautiful!!! I’m in awe of your talent!

  16. Pippa on October 20th, 2010

    I think your oak design is amazingly beautiful ~ did you create it yourself or is there a kit for this??
    it is incredible!