Today is the first day of spring – and I woke up to a world of snow and wind.  Our groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, had it right on Groundhog Day when he predicted six more weeks of winter! 

One of the more beautiful things about winter is the snowflake and the lovely pattern it has.  As stitchers, most of us have tried our hand at trying to reproduce these beautiful snowflakes.   In mid-February, I was part of a team that offered a short stitching workshop entitled ‘Let It Snow!” with instruction in making a small beaded snowflake.  

We are fortunate to be included in the Long John Festival in Truro, this being our third time being included in this Winter Festival.  Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture contacts us and offers us this opportunity.  We come up with the project, the supplies, and the team and they do all the promotions, register participants, and provide the space.  What an easy way to get our name out to the public!  This year we had 14 participants; they were all ages and all levels of experience – but all were eager and excited about trying to make a beautiful snowflake, similar to the samples on display.  We worked on perforated paper with two strands of DMC floss and both bugle and seed beads.  Card stock paper was provided for backing but samples used backing such as felt, cotton fabric secured with an iron-on fusible web, and iron-on fusible interfacing.  What a shock to the participants when we started to demonstrate how to cut out the perforated paper to form the snowflake!  Stitching was one thing, cutting quite another.   

Most people preferred to finish their snowflake as an ornament to hang on the Christmas tree or in the window but we offered a few other options: put a magnet on the back and use on the refrigerator, glue a pin back to the back of the snowflake and wear as jewelry, glue to a piece of ribbon to create a bookmark, or attach to the front of a card to send as a Christmas card or a thinking-of-you note in the winter.  

We were able to talk to everyone as we stitched, sharing hints about stitching and also about our Guild and the fun and camaraderie that we share there.  It was truly a delightful evening with fun, learning, and laughter!  And so I say to you all, “Enjoy the snowflakes but now take time to enjoy a wonderful Spring!”

Sheila Stewart


  1. Loved this Sheila,at this point we do need to be reminded of the good parts of winter. Sounds like it was a good time to talk with participants about stitching too. Cann't wait to see one in my hand.

  2. Your snowflakes are beautiful Sheila! What a great idea for reaching out with a workshop. I hope some of the participants become members!

  3. What a wonderful opportunity for your Guild. I wonder why there is no promotion further than your local area.. I did not hear of it before reading this. I have noted to look for this event next year.. and share... can you hear 'road trip'.. love the snowflakes.. yes, the snow has been pretty.. and again today (I would probably not think so if Sarah's flight out had been cancelled).. I do wish we could skip the dirty bits of snow melting... perhaps there is a 'small project' in this for that part of the web site?.. thanks for sharing

  4. This is lovely Sheila. And your variety of finishing ideas is really creative.

  5. I also enjoyed you lovely write up and the snowflakes are wonderful.


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