Cornish Christmas…

Happy New Year to sewers everywhere!

Christmas in Cornwall was, as always, a quiet and relaxing affair – in part due to the fact that there is no internet available! We spent much of our time walking the dog, dodging devastating downpours and bracing blizzards (love a bit of alliteration!) to be rewarded with some mornings of glorious sunshine. Most walks were along our favourite stretch of beach or along the cliffs towards a lighthouse that I have, over the years, photographed from most angles! This was one of the calmer mornings – at some points over the holidays it became so windy that it was difficult to stay standing in one spot for very long at all!

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I did spend a little time making festive gifts – some of which will be put away for next year (so be warned!). I always find that I only want to sew decorations over Christmas, or in November or December – this means there is never enough time to complete everything that I want to.

The Christmas robins are a very simple pattern that I drew myself and the little felted mice are made using a Barby Anderson tutorial. They are very satisfying to make, but nowhere near as good as the felted work that she produces – check out her site if you have a spare moment.

Christmas this year held the added excitement of a gift from my secret Stitching Santa, which turned out to be from Nicky of Sew and Snip. It was the first gift that I opened as I had been dying to find out what was inside such a lovely looking parcel. Well, I wasn’t disappointed!

The present was wrapped in festive material, which I am sure I can put to good use and lots of lovely ribbon and trims. Inside the parcel were more gifts…..

A lovely ‘cork-look’ bag with tassel and detachable handle and matching brooch – then a second smaller bag which will be great to carry any dog treats in!

And finally, a selection of different textured threads and a little handmade star for the Christmas tree. Thank you so much Nicky, I loved it all and thank you also to Sheila of Sewchet for organising everything – I will certainly be looking out for this again next year.


About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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11 Responses to Cornish Christmas…

  1. Those mice are wonderful… I’m off to follow the link right now!

  2. Catherine says:

    It sounds like a lovely Christmas! I’m the same as you with the decorations- was literally putting in the final stitches as time to depart for midnight mass fast approached! I love your robins, very cute.
    Your gift is fantastic! What a lovely present to receive. All the best for this year.

  3. Jen says:

    Happy New Year! Love the decorations you made! After looking at your holiday photos I’m looking forward even more to my road trip with the kids around Cornwall in early June 🙂 Hopefully without the rain though!

  4. sewandsnip says:

    So glad you liked it all😃 Did you find the bookmark too? Can’t see in the pic but should have been in the orange gift bag.
    Hope you had a fantastic time in Cornwall, if only I’d know you were going to be so close to my hometown of Plymouth…I could have hand delivered your gift!!

  5. sewchet says:

    How wonderful to have no internet access for a while and be forced to get creative! I’m with you in only making Christmassy things in the immediate run up to Christmas. Love those mice!

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