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a handmade Christmas

December 9, 2011

the Christmas decorations I treasure are handmade

I try to avoid the commercial hype, the extravagant spending and all the excesses

the holiday is about family, friends,

 the children and memories. 



the stockings are small

a pair of knitted, Victorian baby socks and a needlepoint sock stitched with silk thrums I made for my Mother years ago, she loved Christmas.


this was one of her favorite pieces

shown against an overshot runner







she stated making next years decorations on Boxing Day – and she collected mice.




angels knitted from handspun wool – just like Nat’s




the tiny mittens are handspun, too. Both made by Guild members.




don’t you love the booties? I bought them at a Senior’s bazaar.






from Japan, temari and a small kokeshi.  The tassel, a gift from my Korean roommate when I was at Kawashima. 







reindeer, cut from teak by a dear friend, with a grandchild’s first knitting project and a very old mirror cloth.

the tree comes later.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2011 11:28 am

    Such memories from each decoration, it must have been delightful to unpack them and arrange them for Christmas.


  2. Ruth Griffiths permalink
    December 11, 2011 10:01 pm

    The Victorian baby socks are wonderful. A really meaningful Christmas collection.


    • December 11, 2011 10:55 pm

      I’ve had them for years, don’t think they were ever worn. the pattern is beautiful. Ruth the little mits were knitted by Brenda – thought you’d like that!


  3. December 10, 2011 12:36 am

    A nice collection, I like the idea of hand made items with different origin.
    Those japanese pieces titillated my imagination.


  4. December 9, 2011 5:57 pm

    i think we all have a warm spot for our special christmas (or any such holiday) mementos. i do, though i may not get them out this year.


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