26th November 2013

Baby-xmas-treeWell, exciting times, Christmas is around the corner, we are busy making all sorts of things for the Christmas school fair to sell, from stockings, lunch bags, Christmas trees and fairies. I am busy embroidering handmade stockings for gifts for all my doggy friends in nice doggy fabric of course! I have almost finished a Victorian spoonback chair that I have been upholstering  for the past 4 years!  I have chosen some fabric that I was given from one of my students, a lovely tartan. I have then machine embroidered  heart with red roses on the fabric on the seat and little red embroidered roses on the upholstered buttons. It has turned out nichairce and I hope once I have polished the wood up a little that it will be ready to sell on the web site. Derek has lovingly put on some top notch solid brass castors to bring it back to its glory. It has been a labour of love as when we got it, it was riddled with woodworm and we have treated every hole with an injection of treatment and we have braced the back to give additional support. All this to revive an old antique! But now it will have another 50 years life in it and will hopefully adorn someone’s living room or bedroom with pride.

Christmas-StockingThis weekend I have a 2 hour session running on Saturday where we will be making Christmas stockings. I have two mums and their daughters coming together, and a request for Annelies to be present to help as well! She is a great help, and is already a great teacher at age 7! I can’t wait to see what her house looks like when she leaves home! She will be making everything in it I am sure.

I look forward to my drop in class on Wednesday to see if Jackie has managed to copy the original Italian quilting cushion transfers that Aileen brought in from the 1940s or 50s. Everyone brings in treasures, it is a real treat. Perhaps one day soon I will have a go at making one of these cushions.

Dotty Bobbin