I can barely believe there are only twelve sleeps (probably just eleven by the time I hit the ‘publish’ button!) left until Christmas, and that we are almost half way through December! What happened?! I had so much I wanted to share with you – so many lovely things that inspire me and have my heart leaping at this time of year. Unfortunately I’ve been so busy with heart leaping and inspiration – visits to Santa, tree decorating, Christmas movies, end of year catch ups, mad and crazy sewing of Christmas dresses and t-shirts and gift bags, and general Christmas crafting … that I fear most of it might just remain in my head until next year.
Alas. Sometimes life just takes over, right?!
Today, though, I did want to share with you something I’ve had a lot of fun putting together over the past few weeks. If you recall, quite a few weeks ago now, I joined up to Sew-Funky’s Kiwi Christmas Ornament Swap. After much deliberation as to what to make, I eventually decided to indulge my obsession with embroidery hoops, and made a set of 6 Christmas-inspired hoops to send out to my fellow group members. Last week I put the ornaments in the post, and I’m pretty sure that they’ve all made it safe and sound to their new homes!
Here are some pics…
Using the smallest embroidery hoops available (I think probably about 8cm in diameter), I used Christmas fabric as a base and then attached simple felt shapes. I backed each hoop with a piece of felt (to hide any messy bits!) and attached a cute little ‘made with love’ label I had stashed away in my haberdashery collection. [urm… quick side note, I just googled ‘haberdashery’ to be sure I was using it correctly… turns out I’m not – a haberdashery has something to do with men and hats… however, as I don’t know the correct term for a collection of buttons, ribbons and the like I’m just going to keep on using ‘haberdashery’… if anyone would care to enlighten me, I’d be most appreciative!]
I hate too much repetition (ok, fine, I have a REALLY short attention span!) so instead of making six of the exact same ornament, I decided to pick six iconic Christmas symbols and make one of each. After a little brainstorming, I decided on a ‘peace dove’, sprig of holly, Christmas tree, Christmas bauble, a wreath, and ‘Joy’.
I wanted the wrapping to be special too, so I made fabric drawstring bags for each ornament to fit into.
Instead of gift cards, I made tags using plain white card which I painted with silver and red watercolour stripes. I then printed these fantastic tags by Amy Moss onto the card, cut them out and voila!
It was a lot of fun to participate. Dione had over 100 people take part – and will you believe she made an ornament for every single person!? I will be posting the ornaments that I received as part of the swap in the next day or two… (depending on Christmas-craziness levels!)