Merry Christmas from me and mum!
I haven't thought much about Christmas this year because the last few months have been largely taken up with replastering, rewiring and generally fixing up my house a bit. I've waited 11 years to do it but we're finally getting there and all the woodchip wallpaper has gone! Yay!
That has all taken up an awful lot of time but I wanted to make at least one Christmas decoration, and so I made a little picture of a pudding to hang up.
I didn't know that was what I was going to make, I had no plan but started by stitching a little Christmas pudding to see where it took me. I had thought it might look cute if I stitched lots of them and made some musical notes out of them but I only got as far as making one before I changed my mind! I cut it out of the calico it was stitched onto and restitched it on to a piece of experimental handmade felt that I made a few weeks ago using various bits of scrap fabric that I wanted to try out (once I made it I thought I would use it for a few mini landscapes but again I changed my mind!).
I hand stitched a little badge saying "Figgy Pudding" and tacked it on. It looked a little bare at this point so I couched a bright yellow thread around the outline of the pudding and added some white french knots to liven it up and look a bit like snow. Lastly I added some beaded trim around the edge.
The little frame is actually a Christmas sign that I bought. It says "Naughty or Nice?" which is now behind the pudding, but I only bought it for the frame :) As I was working I tacked a black outline around the square that I would then cut out to fit into the frame to make sure I was working within the size of the frame.
Here are a couple of pics of the experimental bit of felt I made before I stitched on the pudding and cut out the square. I tried a few things out like cutting little flowers out of fabric and felting them in and felting in various new yarns and other bits n bobs like crochet chains. I also felted in some bright pink plastic tutu netting under some open weave fabric which gave quite a nice effect. Such fun! It's only a small piece but I tried out lots of things.
The decorating schedule has meant we've been on a furniture merry go round for a couple of months, always having to get things from one room to another to make room for the next thing. Next time I think that decorating four rooms plus the hallway and landing all in one go is a good idea, please do correct me! It's a terrible idea! Anyway, on one day there was a sofa and various other things blocking the doorway to my craft room and all I had to fiddle with was some copper wire that the electricians had discarded so I made the outline of this little tree. I later then filled it in with finer copper wire and some colourful beads. I think it's rather cute at only a few centimetres tall.
We hope you found some crafty time in the run up, and wish you all a lovely Christmas. x