I think I might have mentioned it here previously, but it is our turn to play Christmas Hosts this year and so I've been wanting to add a few crafty touches to proceedings. This was my first plan, an individual placemat for one and all at the feast. The design may look familiar to you if we read the same blogs, because the inspiration for this plan came from here. Another absolute gem from my sewing idol, Amy.
I'm so glad to finally be able to show you them, they've been a bit of an epic task between you and me and I've been working on them through most of November.
Not that I haven't enjoyed it. I have. The first cutting of the Christmassy fabrics and the excitement of seeing those little squares come together. Oh yes, much fun was had I assure you. But making ten of them turned out to be a bit more work than I'd bargained for. Still, I hope it'll be worth it and on the plus side, it's not like it's something I have to do again next time.
Truth be told, it was the embroidery that took the biggest chunk of time. The accomplished embroiders amongst you would no doubt have been quicker at the work, but slow and steady is the moto of my novice hand. I do very much love the result though. Oh yes, those stitched letters do make me very happy.
And of course, everyone will have a different song snippet on their mat. They can each choose their favourite or we can play 'name that tune'. See, these are not just seasonal placemats, they are a source of festive entertainment too!
I can't wait to use them on Christmas day, I hope everyone will like them. Little Miss has already earmarked her favourite - 'He's making a list...' and secretly, I have my preference too, but I couldn't possibly say which. The others would be jealous and it seems wrong to choose as so much effort and love has gone into each one. They are all my favourites really.