Sewn into the Fabric if anyone is interested. I didn't fill mine with walnut shells though but used wheat instead plus a washer at the bottom so they would sit a bit better. Gave all these away so I now have to make myself one!
I am currently working on stitching this hardanger ornament that I am keeping for myself this time. Gave a number of them away as Christmas gifts as well.
Managed in between owl pincushions and hardanger ornaments to sew the edges onto the top of the leaf lid I'm also working on. Will tackle the sides next year. Making a stitched box with leaves as our theme is the Regina Stitchery Guild's program this year led my Leann Clifford.
Made this cross stitch design into a pillow many years ago. It's always such a pleasure to bring out the hand made Christmas things to decorate the house.
A few ornaments that I made many years ago that are now on the tree :)
I love birds and bird watching and am also a member of Bird Feeder Watch Canada. 19 beautiful Grey Partridges come into our yard on a daily basis. One or 2 are usually standing guard while the rest forage. They have such wonderful chestnut barring, reddish face and dark red belly patch. One of these days I'd like to stitch a partridge too!
Have a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, a Frohe Weihnachten and a Joyeux Noel!! I wish each of you good health, joy and plenty of creativity in 2014 :)
By Kathryn Drummond
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I know that a lot of people say that, but there's a good reason for it.
All classics in this house. But one of my favorites is a little different - Lavender Cookies. You can find lavender flowers (yes, you can really eat them!) at some bulk food stores in their spice section. It has a wonderful scent that's even better when you combine it with butter and sugar and bake it - heaven smells like this, I'm sure of it! This is a recipe that I found that didn't work out well the first time, but I modified it a bit and now I think it's wonderful (I usually make a triple batch and round up the butter to a full pound). I hope you find it wonderful too!
Lavender Cookies5/8 cup butter
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup white sugar
1 T lavender flowers
extra sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat the egg and blend into the butter and sugar. Mix in the lavender flowers and the flour. Roll dough into 1” balls and roll in sugar. Place 2” apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in the sugar. Bake about 12 minutes, or until edges are golden. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool
Makes about 2 ½ dozen
Note: The rolling sugar can be plain or half white sugar and half lavender colored decorating sugar.
I found the time to stitch – which, of course, was during the past week. The directions were exact and easy to follow and I picked up all kinds of ideas to be used when I create other ornaments. The colours, plum and blue, while not traditionally Christmas, worked together to make an ornament that could be on display at Christmas and throughout the year.
We had a wonderful time.
As a group we are so fortunate to have good friends to share our passion for expressing ourselves in stitches and who embrace the traditions of the season.
One of our founding members, (who is the only founding member who remains active); was also the first Chapter President is again serving as Chapter President. To mark the anniversary we presented her with a pair of the EAC 40th Anniversary scissors. Needless to say she was pleased.
For the past number of years we have been discussing the topic of a chapter retreat. Some have attended retreats held by other Chapters they are a member of, but Alderney has not hosted its own retreat. We moved from discussion to reality this past October and spent two relaxing days at Atlantica’s Oak Island Inn & Resort renting the double cottage at the water’s edge.
And .. learned a new beading technique designed for us by one of our members.
Until the next time… enjoy all the magic that the many special days in the coming weeks bring to your lives.
|Rhonda, our Workshop Instructor|
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be among those who took a workshop on Japanese stitching techniques, through the Calgary Guild of Needle & Fibre Arts, from Rhonda who was one of Barbara's Seminar students, and we learned about both Sashiko and Kogin
Sample of traditional Sashiko pattern
Traditional Kogin Design
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