Saturday, 19 December 2009

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!

Finally some pictures of the festival of trees! Firstly an example of the majority of trees, very tastefully done. This one is for the in independant shoe shop in town, and is decorated with little gold shoes.
Next is our handmade tree. I realised the day of decorating that I had nothing for the top of the tree so ferreted out a gorgeous mohair bear that Mum had made me a few years back. She was dressed in a pretty liberty print frock and bloomers but I hastily put together a fairy outfit for her and she looks so happy!
The pink tree was the winner in the adult category and was in tribute to a teenage girl who had been struck by cancer. I particularly like the way the ribbons have been run down from the top of the tree. It was very obvious how much thought, time and love had gone onto this tree.
There was a separate section for the children's trees, the brownies had festooned their tree in paper chains which was very effective.
The winner in the children's category was this hand print tree from Anna an Wills nursery. The hands had been printed in thick paint, sprinkled with glitter and laminated. These really do shine and I have Anna's on ourtree at home, it is a lovely keepsake of how little her paw is!

Looking at the photos I'm not sure I've done our handmade tree justice it was much fuller than it looks in this picture. It was the kind of tree where you have to stand and look and discover the little treasures.

I mentioned that our last Embroiderers Guild meeting had a speaker from the textiles department of a local school. Well it was a total inspiration, two students came along and bought their A level work with them. I realised how much I have missed not having some direction in my 'work' and came home determined to find some structured course which I could complete. I made a phone call and had a call back on Monday to tell me more about a distance learning City and Guilds Embroidery course. I am so excited because it looks perfect. There was the opportunity to start in January but I want to give this my all and produce work of which I can be really proud. I will be starting in September 2010 so have a few months to clear my 'stock' and finish off some projects. I feel like I have been searching for the right direction for my work since I began this blog and I have learned so much, had so many joys and a few disappointments but I am now sure that this course is my next step forward.


Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Wonderful looking Christmas trees!

Have a lovely Christmas

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Tabiboo said...

They look fabulous.

Sorry I didn't get over - we've had a week of sickness, again!

Have a wonderful weekend, we've got snow!!

Nina x

Lululiz said...

All the trees look really lovely. Must have been great to see such a colourful display.

karen said...

I'm so excited for you starting your course! You will love it.

Jude said...

Lovely lovely trees...
congratulations regarding distance learning course, it will be wonderful...I'm very jealous!!

twiggypeasticks said...

The trees look lovely and good for you I'm sure you will really enjoy your course next year.
Happy Christmas
twiggy x

Lyn said...

What a lovely idea to have a festival of trees, and good luck with the course next year.

JuliaB said...

Lovely trees Jenny. The new course sounds really great! x


Wonderful trees, the course sounds exciting! good luck. Happy Christmas. Karen

Pomona said...

The trees look lovely and I am so glad you have found a new path to follow next year. Have a very happy Christmas!

Pomona x

julie said...

gorgeous trees! Hope you have a lovely christmas and a very happy and exciting 2010, J x