Friday 5 December 2008

Young Embroiderers

Tomorrow I'm wearing my "Young Embroiderers leader" hat for our Christmas meeting. I was told that traditionally they always make an ornament, a card, a present and some wrapping paper... so as I'm fairly new to the job I thought I'd better not break with tradition... well not this year anyway. So much of this week has been spent gathering materials, working out methods and preparing samples. First of all the ornaments which you've already seen, the dolly peg angels.

Next I worked out a couple of very simple designs for some cross stitch cards... and remembered after about 10 minutes why I never want to do cross stitch again. It is so laborious (and I've made a fair few samplers in my time!)

For the present I made these appliqued felt coasters (I was sent the pattern - thank you Judith - which I think came from "Fabrications" magazine) which I really enjoyed making. They were quick and fun to make and very effective.

Not only that they are practical too... perfect for a Christmas Cuppa!

And finally against my better judgement, because I don't see what it has to do with embroidery there is some snowflake wrapping paper made from brown paper, sponged with white paint over paper snowflake cutouts. Pretty but not embroidery! I'll take photos of what the children make tomorrow.

Don't forget to enter my Christmas giveaway - even if you don't have children of your own... borrow some!


  1. that snowflake paper idea is GENIUS - I'm going to do it with Ginge next week!

  2. Christmas does that to a body doesn't it? Makes you all traditional like. Next year.....

  3. Hi Gina,All these items are great to make with children.
    I am planning to make fabric christmas tree decoration with stitch club at school.
    I might try a few costers too, yours look brilliant.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Your embroidery from Karen is exquisite.

  4. Looks like you'll be having a busy day. Have fun! The coasters are great.

  5. The coasters are great. Good luck with the YE they are lucky to have a leader - it is hard to get any new YE groups started so it is great to hear that some are still in existance.

  6. Golly! You've definitely got your work cut out! In fact I think you probably really have got your work cut out!!!

    Hope it goes well. Lucy xxx

  7. Aha! You see?? They look JUST LIKE YOURS!!

    I rest my case ....


  8. Lovely stuff - and I know what you mean about cross stich. I used to do them years ago but found they took too long. Very time consuming.

    Your ideas are lovely for the kids!

  9. Wow Gina - what lovely things those young embroiderers will be making! I barely managed to make paper gift bags with 15 little darling slast week - I just don't know how you do it!!



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