Christmas is Coming !

 

Everybody is getting in the Christmas mood suddenly, I have spent the past fortnight vaccing up glitter and bits of sparkly fabrics !

Sam, Gill and little Ellie made some lovely proddy Christmas trees and a wreath. Ellie looks very pleased with her tree which is going to be displayed in her bedroom.

 

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A couple of groups of ladies came over from Hull and Pontefract to make rag rug wreaths, here are a few pictures of them hard at work …..

 

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….. and showing off their finished pieces of work ! ……..

 

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Over at the Fabbadashery we had a great session making ‘Crazy Christmas Stockings’. We pieced some lovely silks, satins and brocades, then embellished them with braids, trims, beads, pompoms and ribbon.  This is one in progress ….

 

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….. and these are the results at the end of the session ….

 

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… fabulous !!! I loved them all ! Helen did some more work at home on hers, adding embroidery and couching metal threads before making up the stocking …

 

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…. I do hope Santa remembers to leave something in there for her now !

We have done a lot of printing sessions recently, or rather Kev has, and I’ve helped. We have been running sessions with two local Guide groups, I was also running a raggy wreath session at the same time. The following pictures may look chaotic, but everyone knew exactly what they were doing !

 

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The leaders decided they would like to have a go too !

 

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We’re having another session with them next week to finish their prints and wreaths, so I’ll post some pictures of the completed pieces next time.

This weekend saw another printing day, this time it was lino-print Christmas cards at the shop. We printed on card and fabric, adding embroidery and embellishment too. I was amazed how much work people completed !

 

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Sally, who came to the Christmas stockings course last week and the lino-print course this week, sent me a lovely photo of the two completed pieces together on her mantlepiece. It looks like a picture from Country Living doesn’t it !

 

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Back home, a couple from Barnsley came over to learn rag-rugging. They were both very enthusiastic and keen to learn, although I think that Ralph, who is a country crafts tutor (and an MBE !), is an expert in just about every type of craft known to man (and woman !).

 

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And finally, it was my treat of the year yesterday – The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. I look forward to it all year round ! I have had stands there in the past, courtesy of the magazine I wrote for, but it is better just going as a member of the public !

Here are a couple of pictures from the Royal School of Needlework’s stand ….

 

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….. lovely !!