For Christmas I asked Father Christmas if I could have a wool winder. I also asked - apparently although I don't actually remember asking this!! - if I could have some more yarn.
It seems though that Father Christmas wasn't happy with this and he had a word with hubby about my requests.
So hubby has decreed that I cannot have a wool winder for Christmas as it is a tool and you don't get tools for Christmas. I cannot have any yarn either apparently because I have got too much "crafting stuff" that I haven't finished... Now, I would of course dispute this, but my protestations fell on deaf ears. Finish some stuff up was the message coming through loud and clear.
You will have seen the decorations that I finished yesterday, so that is a big tick off on my list of things to get done. Another thing that I had was this Cath Kidston book, which came with all the supplies to make 12 felt Christmas Tree Decorations. This had been a gift either last Christmas or the year before - don't tell anyone I can't remember which Christmas...
As with the decorations I showed you yesterday I really needed to get these done because again, not much use in March!
These were hard work let me tell you. They took the best part of a week of concentrated hand sewing. First of all you have to copy all of the patterns from the book. They you have to cut out the patterns, then trace them onto the sheets of felt as per the diagram in the book - that way you can cut out all of the pieces from the sheets of felt and I couldn't risk buying more felt could I! Then of course you cut out the pieces of felt and then you can start sewing. I didn't count the pieces, but there must have been over 100 I reckon.
You can see above one of the diagrams showing you were to place the pieces before cutting and below is the diagram for just one item - the angel - and some of these need to be cut out more than once of course.
Once everything was cut out and sorted out for each ornament I could begin the sewing - hurrah!! The pictures of the ornaments in the book looked a little scruffy in places to me - hark at me! So I wanted to make mine as neat and tidy as possible. It was quite hard to do as some of the pieces are very small indeed, but I think that I managed to get them put together quite nicely for the most part.
You can see what I mean about the stitching with the picture of the angel from the book.
Then of course the dilemma of where to put them reared its ugly head again. I decided to crochet them together into a sort of garland which I then hung across the top of our new picture. They might not stay in this format - because apart from anything else I forgot to crochet one of them to the garland!! However, they are made and in use and that is the important thing.
Just a quick review of this book in case you are thinking of buying it. I really like the designs, the way that the book explains how to make each item - great for beginners especially. However, trying to cut the pieces out of the very small sheets of felt was a challenge, and it would certainly be hard for a child to do. Also, cutting out the endless pattern pieces from the book and then again in felt was a chore.
I hope that my angel is more neatly stitched!
On balance though, if you are not making these in a hurry before Christmas as I was I think that you would enjoy making them. You might want to buy some more felt though so that you can cut out one decoration at a time and not be surrounded by tiny ears and hooves and the like which was quite tricky. I don't think that I would buy another book like this, but then I am a sucker for these things, and if it was a gift I would definitely make the items.
Here is the garland that I made - and our new picture all hung up too! In a way they don't show up too well, but I like the bright colours of the ornaments with the bright colours of the picture.
Below I have added the ornament that I forgot originally - the small parcel on the far right side! Just so that it didn't feel left out!!
I have one more post to show you with some other things that I have made and therefore finished up. I hope that Father Christmas is now happier with me and that he will tick all of these items off of the unfinished things list and I might be a little closer to getting a wool winder in the new year.
Better go now and get on with my ripple blanket that is still outstanding...