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The Leafy Tree – a Project E-Book


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Well, at long last, for those who have been waiting for The Leafy Tree in e-book form, it is finally available! Yay!

If you’re familiar with the Leafy Tree project as it was presented on the website, please note that there are significant changes in this e-book, which is sold independently from any kit.

So please read everything below so that you understand what you’re receiving with this e-book. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed!

Leafy Tree Project E-Book

It is a PDF

The Leafy Tree is not a book and it won’t come to you in printed form through the regular post. It is a PDF file, delivered via a download link sent to your email address. There are many advantages to an e-book like this – not the least of which is that you can zoom in and view images in detail, more than you ever could in a printed book. Additionally, it is delivered right away, so you don’t have to wait for it!

Project Level, Size

The Leafy Tree project is suitable for intermediate embroiderers who know the basics of hand embroidery, such as: how to transfer a design, how to read stitch instructions, how to set up a hoop or frame, how to work with one and two strands of floss on a fine scale, and so forth.

That said, it is accessible to the determined beginner.

If you are an absolute beginner, it might not be the first project to start with, but it really depends on your level of determination. If you’ve stitched before, you should be able to handle the project. If you’ve never threaded a needle in your life, but you’re absolutely determined to learn on this project because you really like it, then I’m not going to say you can’t do it. It’s up to you!

This article will give you an idea of the size of the design.

Threads & Supplies

I stitched the original “early autumn” model of the tree on Alba Maxima linen, which is no longer available. Any higher count, full weave hand embroidery linen will work for the design. It can also be stitched on cotton, silk, wool, a blend – whatever ground fabric you wish.

If the weave is a little loser or finer – if the threads don’t fill the weave – you’ll need to back the ground fabric with cotton muslin (calico) or batiste, so that it supports the dense stitching.

Originally, I used Madeira cotton floss on this design.

I have re-written this version of the e-book, using DMC 6-stranded cotton. The color matches are as close to the original as possible (and in several cases, better than the original!). In the few instances where I used variegated threads on the original (two colors in the original Madeira cotton), I’ve substituted four colors of DMC variations, to get a more accurate color blending.

There are no Madeira colors listed in this version.

Should I make kits available in the future, they will include the DMC colors and a new linen that I’m working with. I may re-stock kits for this at some point, if I have time to make them. Since I now have a new set-up for transferring designs for kits, it may be feasible to put a limited number together, if I can chase down supplies.

Stitching Procedures

You don’t have to follow the order of stitching or the stitching procedures in the e-book. You can substitute stitches, colors, etc. to your heart’s content! That is the wonderful thing about embroidery. You can make your own uniquely-you version by mixing things up.

The thread colors listed in the e-book will give you enough greens (from dark to bright to yellow-greens) to stitch a corresponding spring tree, as well.

Download Information

The e-book is delivered through an automatically-generated email with a download link for the PDF. Please make sure you enter your correct email address on your order. Some email service providers may block or filter auto-generated emails. If you do not receive your download email within 30 minutes, please check your spam or junk filters and any other email folders, such as promotions or social. If the download email is not there, just reply to your emailed receipt or email me directly at mary(at)needlenthread(dot)com.

If you have any difficulties with the download, drop me a line and I’ll assist you as best as I can.

Where to Find It

You can find The Leafy Tree project e-book available in my shop today.

I hope that the project provides you with as much stitching pleasure as it has for me!


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  1. Mary, For those of us who bought the original kit and pattern, is a list of the DMC thread alternatives available?

  2. Hello,

    Kindly send me the link for the download of “The Leafy Tree”.
    Thank you for being so kind to share it.


  3. Dear Mary

    I’ve just bought and downloaded and had a quick look at the Leafy Tree e-book great I can’t wait to have a look at it in more detail, worked really hard in numbering all the leafs in stitch guide really useful and I love a lot of the stitched leafs and the colour combination you have used thanks for the e-book and I’m sure I will get a great deal of pleasure from it.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  4. The minute I opened my email this morning and read your post, I had to order The Leafy Tree!! I’ve wanted to make this design from the first look of your project last year and woo hoo, now I can get started today due to the social distancing we’re all having to do right now.

    I have downloaded the whole project and I just have to say: the instructions, materials list and stitch guides are excellent; very thorough, colorful, and so clear and readable. Thanks so much, this has just made my day.

    Stay safe!

  5. Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank You!
    Finally 🙂
    Now I’ll be able to stitch it exactly the same 🙂

    I’m also waiting for the “Spring Variety” e-book. Will there be one? I couldn’t afford to pay the shipping price to Europe so I didn’t even check if it’s sent outside of the USA… 🙁

  6. This is fantastic, thank you so much for making this available.
    Do you think you will make another version with the Madeira threads?

    1. Hi, SS – Not likely. Madeira is very difficult to come by in the States. I tried to promote it, but there are still no online shops that list the complete line on their websites, in any way that it can be easily purchased. Even the distributor’s retail shop doesn’t have the thread listed individually for purchasing. So there’s not really a way for me to refer people anywhere to buy all the colors necessary. Then I end up dealing with a lot of email from people trying to figure out where to buy it, how to place an order for it (since it’s not on any web shop) and so forth. It is simply easier to use DMC. In all cases, I’ve found equal matches for the colors, and in some cases, I’ve found colors and combinations I prefer over the Madeira. So it works out well, anyway. Madeira is more expensive, and, between the two, the quality is comparable.

  7. Thank you so much. Now I am off to search for my fabric. I love leaves so was really looking forward to this.

  8. Hi, I was thinking about stitching a tree as an anniversary present, and adding one leaf every year or special occasion, and this is the best pattern i’ve found so far. One thing is that for this idea, I think the autumn leaves would suggest some kind of ending of the relationship, do you think the pattern would look as good with only green leaves?

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