There’s a reason to hug trees. The texture of tree bark is an incredible experience. Here’s a great way to recreate that texture using an applique technique and some simple machine couching.
I started with a special pair of scissors. Applique scissors have a special bend that makes it possible to cut straight to the edge of your stitching. I free motion stitched two layers of brown hand dyed cotton. .I stitched my tree shapand stitched inside the bark in chevrons. Then I cut into those chevrons through the top layer through the channel. Then I clipped through the edges up and down the stitching
Once the bark is formed there are all kinds of chanels through the surface.
With the feed dogs up, couch the yarn through the chanels of raw bark.
I love to use this trick when I’m working with wood or trees and I want something more than just brown hand dye.
Nifty Notions and Ginger both make applique scissors. Sadly I don’t know of someone who makes them for left handed people.