Some have interesting bark. ( Scot's pine has red showing through. )
Rather than a flat presentation I wanted some dimension to this. To make the branch, I started with a suitable piece of material twice as wide as I wanted the final branch to be.
I created a "tube" using a piece of stabilizer the final width I wanted. After they were sewn to each other I inserted a piece of batting the length of the branch.
A series of stitches down the length, folds and gathers the excess material into furrows. This was applied to the background on one side only coaxing it into a curve.
To give the bear a bit of "plumpness" I placed a layer of batting behind his body. Then the whole thing was stitched in place using a blind hem stitch.
I think I'd like a little blue sky peeking through in a couple of places. Before I start applying fir branches, I need to cut holes through the background and insert a piece of sky.
That's for tomorrow..