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I was hoping you could share where a pattern is or where you found/bought the GORGOEUS Jesse Tree that is used as an example. I would love to try to duplicate this, and if I did would love to know who to credit.
If someone here made it do you sell patterns?
I designed it myself. I used to quilt and do a lot of applique and it transferred well to working with felt.
I don’t know of a felt pattern currently available for a Jesse tree, though the initial felt Jesse tree that originally inspired this project was based off of a pattern that had at one time been available for sale.
I did depart substantially from that pattern when making my own.
If I was more together, (I am a homeschooling mom of a large family, so I am stretched pretty thin), I could try to assemble my cut-out pieces into organized patterns, but it would be a huge undertaking, certainly not something I could do for this year.
Thank you for your comment. I am glad you like it. Wool felt is a wonderful material to applique with. And though I am not great at embroidery, that part was fun too.
I just now am seeing your response (the blog thing is new to me), thank you for responding!!!
I was familiar with Elizabeth’s samples on her site but I did not know that they were once for sale. I am trying to do as you did and putting together a tree. Call me sheep but I am trying to copy your the best I can, with no knowedge of how to sew, applique etc… Just using tacky glue and felt bought at Joannes. My version is nothing as stunning as yours, but thank you for sharing your photos for I am trying
I put newspaper up on my window where it will hang and made my hubby draw your tree on it for a pattern.
The actual reproduction of the Jesse Tree art in the bottom right corner, can you share how you did that? I love that added touch!!!
Right now, I am working on a felt project for preschool Sunday school and like you, I am only using glue. I am also presently using more of the less expensive Joannes felt (which I got half off). It works and it is more than fine. For the images, I got a lot of it from clip-art I found online. In some cases, like the camel and manger, I traced olive wood Christmas ornaments. Anything simple that you can trace works great as a pattern.
and scanned it in the computer and printed it out on transfer paper, which I then fused to fabric and appliqued. I also appliqued the Scripture from Isaiah onto the trunk of the tree, which was embroidered. But you could easily write it out with a permanent fabric-safe pen (which I did before embroidering by tracing on white fabric a printout of the scripture using a light table). Or maybe you could use transfer paper for this also and fuse it to fabric after printing it out using the computer.
Any other questions, I will be happy to answer.
Have a blessed Advent.
Thank you for the idea of transfering the image onto fabric, this is all so new to me.
I’ve completed all but three of my leaves. I got the tree, the trunk and glued them on blue!!!!
One more question…how are you putting the leaves on daily? I assumed velcro but then how are you hiding the velcro before the leaves get placed?
I thought I could velcro with just plain leaves in place and then that hides the velcro and then I can take off the plain leaves and replace them daily with the leaves that have the story on them.
Another quick question, now that I have copied almost exactly every bit of your gorgeous patterns I am off to make certain that the stories I read with them are accurate. How did you know which stories to represent? For example I notice Abraham on other Jesse trees is the tent and the camel, but on this one the camel is the magi heading to Herod.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing, you are helping to make my children’s holiday very special. My little five year old has sat with me and made his own leaves. He thought of them and he designed them He did Jesus walking on water, His last supper cup, a cross on a hill, a loaf of bread, so sweet, all without any input from me. I told him we might need to make him a lent tree.
I would love to see your tree! Actually, it is our plan to make a lenten (dogwood) tree too. So we are on the same page!
I used velcro on the back of the leaves. It was enough to stick directly to the felt. I didn’t need to fasten the opposite velcro circles to the banner part at all. But you might want to test it to see if this is true with your felt selection (mine was pretty ‘loopy’ in texture and was enough to attach to the velcro).
Regarding the selection of images that went with the stories, the readings were put together by the collective work of 3 people. I was not a part of that, I only took part in helping to organize a group exchange. There were suggested images that went with their readings. For visit of the Magi, they recommended a king with gold and camel. I chose to do just a camel because of lack of space on the leaf. The felt banner was a huge project, like in your case, done over a very short period of time, with tight time constraints (I intended it as a gift) and I didn’t have time to be too elaborate with each leaf. The selection of Constellation of Stars for Abraham had its basis in the original tree, that inspired this project (http://ebeth.typepad.com/serendipity/2007/11/the-jesse-tree-.html). I chose to make it a constellation instead of an individual star.
Thank you, I promise to share my pictures!!! Warning I am such a sheep I honestly copied yours as much as I could and will give you any and ALL credit I promise!!!! I changed the three youth one and used the example from the collective tree that I found here on your site. A brick structure with fire.
Mine is nothing as pretty as yours since I didn’t use any stiching on it (no machine). I did use DMC for some accents, but honestly I did try to copy yours as much as I could with my not too crafty brain.
I did use paint on some of the lighter colored felt. Just inexpensive paint sold at Micheals for like $1.50 a color. I used it for the angels wings the censor and a few things. It added a nice touch.
I also used brown strokes of paint on the moses basket.
But all of my touches are pretty elementary.
Thank you again,
give me a few days to get someone to sew around the edges and for me to get some velcro and get it up somewhere and I will share pictures!!!
…and meant to add, love the Dogwood lenten tree idea! Last year I started doing the clothespin jesus, apostles and all and recreat the different scenes of lent with them. I got the idea from some of the gals over at 4reallearning.com. I have to finish them but they have been a lot of fun. I have used different rocks found on vacations for the background scenes.
It was a huge undertaking but fun.
Don’t worry about copyright. I am not doing this to be concerned with that (I did the self/publishing home-business thing and got burned out with that really quick). I would love to see all your ideas, whether they are completely unique or not (and honestly, little of what I have posted here is totally unique). I am sure I will be inspired too.
That is the whole point of this website!
I really want to build children’s gardens that take children through a number of stories in the Bible and in our Holy Tradition. They would include scenes, but using weather proof materials and artifacts. So what you have done, even if it is for indoor use, may really inspire me too!