This year the customer Christmas celebration at Sew This and That was a High Tea, held on Sunday afternoon a week ago. We were to take our own cup, saucer and plate. I knew straight away that I wanted to use this beautiful set which had belonged to my mother, and which I had always admired. But it had no saucer - so what was a stitchy girl to do but make one.
I photocopied the plate and then reduced the size to 80%, traced that onto a piece of cream fabric (which I had to use bleach to lighten to get a closer colour). I then embroidered the flowers, stitched the gold trim and it was ready to use. It served its purpose very well.
One of the competitions on the day was taken from our November Sewing Club project, which was a gift bag with an angel or Santa appliqued on - and with dangly legs. We could use those or our own applique, and embellish as we would like. I made the small size bag as given to us and then - thanks to Fiona giving me an idea (she made some of these last Christmas and I had seen them on her blog - you can check them out here) I used the pattern of the gingerbread man, enlarged it and embellished it, then appliqued it onto the bag.
(The pattern and tutorial for the gingerbread man ornaments is here).
Other competitions voted on by all of us, was for the messiest sewing room and the best sewing room. We had to take in a photo beforehand. Now mine would have done well for the messiest, but I needed to clear off my cutting table and also my sewing desk so as to make some curtains. So I actually took a photo of a clean sewing room.
And again I won the prize for the best sewing room. My half garage comes up rather well when tidied up. Mind you if they could have seen what was behind the camera it may have reverted to messiest.
I was very chuffed with my wins - 2 class vouchers. It made up for the fact that my shoe parted company with its sole part way through the afternoon and I spent the rest of the time barefooted - not a good look when frocked up, but a good laugh just the same.
It is a fantastic store and Danielle and the Girls run excellent classes, give good customer service, and have amazing fabrics.
Our December sewing club project was a Christmas wall hanging.
He is a jolly little fellow and is hanging beside the door to the bathroom. He has a pompom on his hat but it is lost in the background in the photo.