Hello and welcome to day 15 of this year´s Advent Calendar Blog hop hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Check here for the daily links to all participants in this fun hop to get us all in the mood for Christmas.
I was eager this year to start my seasonal stitching well in advance and I started several projects which would have been finished by now if there had been more days in November – I´m sure there were less than usual this year.
I´m sharing my efforts at doing a couple of applique hoop decorations as I´d seen some really lovely designs on the internet and thought I would use up some of my felt stash.
Using a piece of net fabric for the background stretched over a hoop. I then cut out felt shapes to form a picture, just making it up as I went along – mainly trees as you can see.
I outlined the trees with some Kreinik (bag of bits) sparkly thread which looks pretty but doesn´t show up at all in my photos, added some beads and sequins and then surrounded the pattern with a piece of trim, forming a loop for hanging.
Jo asks us to mention a favourite Christmas book or story and I really haven´t got one. I remember as a child having a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale book which I loved and in particular The Snow Queen and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
I also treasured the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and should still have my copy hidden away somewhere.
This book as everyone knows has several different film adaptations, the first being in 1933, although I think there was a silent film versión in 1917 - and the latest remake just last year, directed by Greta-Gerwig. It will be interesting to see just how far this latest versión differs from the original story written in 1868.
Many thanks to Jo for organising once again this blog hop which I hope everyone is enjoying.
Merry Christmas to all and Happy Stitching.