Fabric

Elegant Tree Pyramids

By  Vivenne Holmes  for  Rajmahal (rajmahalusa.com)

Shimmering threads, sequins, and beads make this trio a luxurious table or centerpiece design for your holiday gatherings. Add some natural greenery or pine sprigs for a regal, winter design.

Materials

  • Dupion silk fabric: cream, 1 yd.; gold, 1 yd.; gray, 2 yds.
  • Iron-on interfacing, 1/2 yd.
  • Fabric stabilizer, 1/2 yd.
  • White cardboard sheet, medium weight
  • Plastic for template
  • Rajmahal Art Silk Threads Skeins: Tangier Sand (44), two; Woodlands (171), two; Baby Camel (45), eight; Pastel Gray (221), six; White (96), six; Ecru, eight
  • Rajmahal Sadi Threads, one tube each: Gold Pearl, Silver Pearl, Gold Check, Silver Check Broad, Gold Smooth Broad, Silver Smooth Broad
  • Rajmahal Gold Handsew Metal Thread, one reel
  • Nymo Beading Thread
  • Seed beads in desired sizes, two packs each: gold, copper, silver, gray, pearl
  • Metallic sequins: gold and silver stars, gold and silver flowers
  • Christmas-themed charms in gold and silver
  • Metal washers

Tools

  • Beading needle
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, spray adhesives, craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • embroidery hoop or frame, pencil, water-soluble pen, iron with pressing cloth and pressing surface, beeswax

Pattern - Elegant Tree Pyramids

  • Sizes
  • 1. Sizes: cream, 6-1/4"x9-1/2"; gold, 6-1/4"x12-1/2"; silver, 6-1/4"x14-1/2".
  • Prepare Pyramids
  • 1. Print out patterns. Transfer patterns to template plastic; cut out.
  • 2. Trace three sides and one base onto cardboard; cut out.
  • 3. Trace pyramid shape and design onto silk using water-soluble pen. Fuse interfacing to wrong side of silk pieces according to manufacturer's directions. (Note: Do not cut pattern from silk until embroidery is complete.)
  • Embroider Panels
  • 1. Note: It is essential to use an embroidery hoop or frame. Two strands of silk thread and one strand handsew thread are used throughout unless noted. All three sides of pyramids can worked in same design or vary the design according to your taste. Run handsew thread through beeswax before using to stitch twisted cord.
  • 2. Using Simple Twisted Cord Worksheet as guide, make twisted cord using half skein each Ecru and Baby Camel. Couch twisted cord down in curvy shape in center of each cream panel using one strand Ecru thread. Follow design outline for placement guide.

    Simple Twisted Cord Worksheet
  • 3. Straight stitch stars using two strands Woodland for some groups and Ecru for others. Satin stitch centers as desired.
  • 4. Form snowflakes using fly stitches with long holding stitch and some satin stitches in center using two strands Woodland and Ecru. Scatter small lazy daisy stitches throughout with single strand of Tangier Sand.
  • 5. Sew Bethlehem Star using Gold Pearl Sadi. Cut Sadi into different lengths: 1/4" for shorter pieces, 3/4" for longer. Stitch pieces down as if thread pieces were bugle beads, using single strand handsew thread.
  • 6. Fill circlet curved beds with beads from different color groups.
  • 7. Scatter sequins and charms throughout stitched design, attaching sequins with beads in center. Scatter gold beads in middle of cord outline. Cover washers with buttonhole stitch using Art Silk thread of choice and couch stitch into place.
  • 8. Stitch remaining pyramids in same way using coordinating-color threads and embellishments.
  • Assemble Pyramid
  • 1. Cut cream silk pyramid panels and plain silk base out, leaving 1/2" border around edges.
  • 2. Spray adhesive on stabilizer and cut cardboard base panels. Adhere panels to stabilizer, trimming off excess.
  • 3. Lay one embroidered triangle panel right side down on firm surface. On matching-size cardboard base panel, apply double-sided tape to cardboard side and remove paper backing.
  • 4. Centering cardboard base panel over embroidered panel, lay base panel down with taped cardboard facing up. Fold embroidered fabric onto tape, ensuring corners aren't stuck down. Make sure panel is centered on cardboard, then trim any surplus fabric, being careful not to trim too close to corners. Clip fabric at corners. Fold fabric edges over one other, securing with craft glue. Repeat for all remaning sides, including base.
  • 5. Make two twisted cords as before, using full skeins of Ecru and Baby Camel.
  • 6. Holding long sides of two triangle side panels snugly together, ladder stitch panels together using beading thread. Add next side panel using same method. Place end of twisted cord inside top, then stitch side panels closed.
  • 7. Slipstitch twisted cord over one side seam. Tuck it inside, secure with a few stitches, and trim. Tie ends of cord together to prevent raveling. Slipstitch twisted cord up one side seam, making loop at top, then affix cord to other side seam. Start and end cord on inside as before.
  • 8. Attach twisted cord to inside at starting point before ladder stitching base panel in place. One side at a time, ladder stitch side seam, then slipstitch cord in place. On last side, stop ladder stitching 2" from finish. Slipstitch cord along final seam, trimming cord 1/4" past end point. Tuck end into unstitched opening between panels and slipstitch opening closed. Couch twisted cord over seam. Assemble remaining pyramids in same way.
  • Tip
  • 1. There are no rules for placement or style of trinkets you use. Sadi thread pieces stitched as beads can create stars or work as flexible beads overlaid across other beads. Almost anything can make great embellishments: ruched organdy ribbon, bugle beads, sequins, even old earrings. There's no limit to what you can use, so go creatively wild!