Today marks the beginning of another wonderful Blog Hop. Our gracious hostess of this event is Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter and Madam Samm will be posting the top 2 blocks for the day at Sew We Quilt as well as keeping a Pinterest Board. Be sure to visit them and give them a big thank you.
I share the day with these lovely ladies:
Moose Stash Quilting
Kris Loves Fabric
Paws for Stitching
Threading My Needles
Just Let Me Quilt
Doodling in My Mind
Quilt Doodle Designs
As our dear hostess loves her Santas, I have a close bond to the Feather Tree. A family heritage back to the beginning of the feather tree and it's 'transplanting' to the USA. I have three of my great grandmother's feather trees - two from Germany and one she made for her first Christmas in America.
Feather Trees from Germany in the 1880s or 1890s and are regarded as one of the first types of artificial Christmas trees. These first artificial trees were, in part, a response to growing environmental concerns in the late 19th century concerning deforestation associated with the harvest of Christmas trees in Germany. The tradition of feather Christmas trees was brought to the United States by German immigrants.
Feather trees were initially made of green-dyed goose feathers which were attached to wire branches. The feathers were split and then secured with wire to form the branches. These wire branches were then wrapped around a central dowel which acted as the trunk. The branches were widely spaced to keep the candles from starting a fire, which allowed ample space for ornaments.
These trees appeared in the U.S. in 1913, when they were offered through the Sears-Roebuck catalog. These little trees are highly valued by antiques collectors today.
The Addis Brush Company developed an artificial tree in the 1930s, using the same machinery used to produce toilet brushes. These trees had branches made from twisted wires with needles of pig bristles dyed green. These small branches were twisted together to make larger branches, which were inserted into a center pole. The branches were color-coded for easy assembly
I hope you have enjoyed my 'feather tree' blocks. As a thank you for visiting, I have a give away in honor of our hostess.........
A yard of cute Santas - yes, I sent one of these to Lesley - now you can have a try at owning some. I would love to know what your favorite decor of the season is. Comments will be open until Aug 5th - midnight (EST) and every effort will be made to contact the winner - so be sure you are not a 'no-reply' or 'anon' responder. I will ship international
Thank you for stopping in and be sure to visit all the participants today and for the next 6 days.