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The snow is thank goodness – I know it’s pretty but everything round here stops when it snows as it is so hilly so I am glad we are coming to the end of it.

The path is clear!

The path is clear!

The cat still isn't keen to go out - cold on the paws!

The cat still isn't keen to go out - cold on the paws!

I have had a very textileicious day (if that isn’t a word it should be!). I would have been at Embroiderers’ Guild today if it hadn’t been cancelled as more snow was forecast (it did snow a bit last night but stopped quickly) so I decided that I would spend the day doing textiles anyway. Not what was planned as that was a crazy patchwork day led by Barbara but work on some other projects.

I wanted to do some quilting – I have so much fabric in my stash that I thought it would be good to use some of it this way so have been working today on an Xmas hanging. I plan to work on this at the Quilters’ Guild I  am joining which is one evening a month so it should be finished in time.

The inspiration comes from this book Passion for Patchwork by Lisa Bergere which I treated myself to recently as I had lots of points on my Waterstones’  card from buying Xmas presents.

Here is some of the Xmas stash that I was choosing from.

My Xmas stash and the lovely book!

My Xmas stash and the lovely book!

There are so many lovely ideas in this book which is very much folk art based with some really cute hanging ideas. I took my inspiration from this design for a tablecloth.

Trees tablecloth

Trees tablecloth

After a bit of playing around this is what I ended up with – I just kept combining fabrics and shape ideas till I got what I liked. Not very scientific but it works!

My xmas hanging in layout

My xmas hanging in layout

I am going to applique these little pieces in the pictures below on to the trees with some padding and put some little charms and stitching on it as well. Maybe even an embroidered  saying – who knows ?

Detail of the tree with the stocking

Detail of the tree with the stocking

Detail of the tree with the presents

Detail of the tree with the presents

I have also made Stefon a new tunic today from red brocade . Last week I cut it out and today I did all the machine stitching . I shall wait until it is hemmed and braided then post another episode on the medieval costume pages showing you the process for that.

So far a fab day and it’s not over yet – a still have a whole evening of stitching to come – bliss!

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