Welcome to the TikkunTree’s Pattern page!
When completed, the TikkunTree will be a silent community sculpture, part of a larger exhibit on the olive tree; but its diverse hand-made foliage, doves and candles will speak eloquently of the thoughts and hopes for peace of its many contributors.
The TikkunTree Project needs hand-crafted leaves, many hundreds of them. Here are links to leaf patterns that would be welcome, some of which have been designed specially for this project, others link to patterns designed by many others collected from the online fiberarts community; there are also links to patterns for doves and candles.
The TikkunTree Project Patterns
Since the TikkunTree is taking form as a free-standing sculpture, three-dimensional leaves will be especially useful for it. Here are a few special patterns for leaves that can be made either single or or double-sided, knit either top-down (from tip to stem), or bottom-up (from stem to tip). They can be made on double-point needles or straights – instructions are available for both (though I prefer knitting in the round on dpns, which eliminates all seams).
Their level of difficulty? These are ideal for experienced knitters, and adventurous or courageous peacemakers, or anyone wants to learn to knit in the round with use double-point needles (dpns). They will challenge the novice knitter, but a communal peace project is worth the effort. And, you’ll soon be an ace with dpns, able to move on to mittens, gloves and socks!
- a “smooth” double-sided leaf, with rounded or scalloped sides (pdf) (far right)
- a ribbed double-sided TikkunTree “Safed” leaf (right) for dpns (pdf) or a TikkunTree Safed leaf for straight needles, knit flat with side seam (pdf)
cabled leaves, which can be made one- or two-sided, in one or two colors (revised pdf available shortly). (note: my samples pictured here have all been made with Peace Fleece yarns, described in detail on the Guidelines page of the project.
- a knitted olive branch, clearest symbol of the desire for peace (pattern here).
Others’ patterns that will work for the TikkunTree include:
- Tree Undone project’s knitted leaves, pattern by Cyntergnomes, for either a veined leaf (link here), or simple garter stitch leaf (link here) (right and center)
- Castoff Club’s simple leaf pattern (link to pdf here) (far right)
Those who crochet might look to these patterns for inspiration:
- simple felted leaves (link here); the leaf created with this crochet crown pattern could easily be made larger) (far right) (and even simpler felted leaves can be made by cutting leaf shapes from a felted square of knitted or crocheted wool, such as these)
- The AntiCraft’s Maiden Glory Leaf
- Cylinda Matthews’ Autumn Leaf
- Vintage Venetian Leaf
- Akua’s lovely crocheted maple and other leaves
If you embroider, sew, or quilt, models are plentiful … here are a few that have inspired me (all these images are live and will take you to their original sites).
- my favorite: the felted “origami” peace crane pattern from knitnotwar 1,o0o
- simple dove to knit from the Castoff Knitting Club (link to pdf here) (right)
- and a Dove of Peace Ornament by Angie (link here) (far right)
a crocheted peace dove by Nanabear97 (link here); I omitted all decoration in the large dove I made (far right) using this pattern
- Marlo’s crocheted “Caroline’s Birds” (right) (link here)
I have been inspired by many of the crafted birds I’ve seen online, forwhich patterns do not seem to be available. If you are inspired to tat or felt white doves like these, they will find a welcome spot on the TikkunTree.
Castoff Club candle (knit)
- ruffled crochet candle (pdf download from FreePatterns.com)
When you’re done, drop your leaves into an ordinary envelope (no special padding or packaging should be needed); candles and/or doves may need some padding. Feel free to include a brief explanation about your reasons for participating in this project, and/or special wishes or prayers for peace in Israel and the mid-east; these will be featured on the website and eventual installation.
Then send them to:
The TikkunTree Project
P.O. Box 2088
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Thank you very much for participating in this special peace project.
Any questions or additional information can be sent to:
tikkuntree (at) yahoo (dot) com.