Friday, December 23, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Projects

For some reason, oldest daughter has lately been inspired to be quite crafty. A few days ago, she had an idea for an embroidery project. She drew a Christmas tree, and embroidered it with a chain stitch. Metallic thread made for the perfect star at the top of the tree:

I just happened to have the perfect frame in my stockpile of supplies (thank goodness I tend to buy supplies and materials with abandon.... it comes in handy sometimes....) The frame was just a little long, so she sewed on a couple of fabric borders at the bottom, along with a bit of vintage crochet lace (again, the stockpile comes in handy.)

She has also started a wool applique project. We had an old moth eaten knitted wool sweater which she cut into the shape of mittens, and then added some stripes with wool from my stash:

We cut off the sleeve cuffs from the old sweater, and they became the cuffs on the mittens:

Project is coming along well....

All in all, I am almost ready for Christmas Day. There are still a few presents to be wrapped, company coming this afternoon and a party to go to this evening, then church tomorrow evening (Christmas Eve). Christmas day will be spent with extended family at a crowded, noisy, joyful gathering.
I hope you have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger." At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. Luke 2:11-14 MSG


  1. Both those ideas are darling. You are so lucky to have a daughter who shares your interests. Merry Christmas!

  2. Great projects and I agree with the previous nice to have a daughter who shares your interests! Merry Christmas to you and your family and many blessings in 2012.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family Jacquelynne.

  4. Your daughter's projects are wonderful, love them both. I see she takes after her mom;) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


  5. Both projects are darling, but the mitten one is exceptional!

  6. A quick question about cutting up old sweaters to use in projects such as yours. What keep the cut items from unraveling apart? Thanks

  7. Jeanne,
    This particular project won't be washed (it's a wall hanging), so that's not too much of a concern. But, if you wanted to make sure the cut edges don't unravel, take tiny stitches around the shape when you sew it on, so that each knitted row is secure. If you want to be extra sure, you could also use Fray-Check on the cut edges before you sew the design on. Fray-check comes in a little bottle and is available in the notions department.



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