For the past ten years the Embroiderers Guild of America Knoxville chapter has donated a tree. Their trees are some of the most special because each ornament, the topper, and the skirt are all hand stitched by some of the best stitchers in Tennessee. These trees are often valued at over $10,000, though the initial price tag is never quite that high.
Three years ago I was the head of the tree for the EGA and it was a lot of work, but worth it. This year I decided to get my Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae chapter involved. They have been wanting to do more with the community, and this is a great start. So, we volunteered a tree. Considering that SAI is a music fraternity, the theme was easy....music. For the past year we have been gathering music related ornaments and putting a lot of thought into the construction of our first tree. Yesterday, Saturday 11/17/12, we got to put it together finally and see the fruits of our labor. I think it turned out pretty good. Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself.