One summer night, shortly before my daughter was born, I went outside to check the mail. As I turned around to waddle back inside I caught sight of the tree above me - simply filled with fireflies. There were so many of them that the entire tree glowed. I've never seen anything like it before or since. I'd almost think it was a dream, but my husband confirms that it was real. I called him outside and we stood there in the heat and humidity and watched the tree glow - me leaning on him to take the pressure off my back, and both of us talking in whispers the entire time, as if talking in regular voices would break the spell.
My daughter is nine now, and still believes wholeheartedly in fairies. I've told her the story and she says there must have been fairies there for sure. I stitched this up for her, using glow-in-the-dark thread to make the whole tree glow. You can, of course, stitch it up in regular thread - but the glow in the dark stuff is magical. :-) It would also be lovely to stitch up a series of the same tree in different colors for the four seasons.
The listing includes the full-sized pattern. The image is shown in a 10-inch hoop, but you can, of course, resize it if you want to.
You'll also get a reversed pattern (to make it easier for you to use iron-on transfer tools) and a complete color and stitch guide.
You've never embroidered a single stitch before? No worries. The pattern only uses the most basic stitches, and it has links to free video tutorials to teach you how to do them. I teach these stitches to kids as young as six - I promise anyone can learn them. :-)
Expect to spend a few evenings to stitch up the whole thing. All those lazy daisy leaves take a while to stitch up - but it's fun!
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