Christmas candy….

Last weekend I spent a wonderful day at Hampton Court stitching a Christmas Candy brooch by Kate Barlow. This course appealed to me for a number of reasons;  I love embroidery with a practical use, I wear a brooch (or 3) every day and enjoy the run up to Christmas!

This is what we were aiming to stitch.


We started off by sewing the little Christmas trees onto Silk Dupion for the front and back of the little pieces of rock. These were then held together by a band of bugle beads.


After lunch we made the candy cane from twisted wool, beaded peppermint squares and wrapped bead bonbons. The class was very relaxed and Kate was a wonderful tutor – demonstrating each aspect of the brooch clearly. This is how much I managed to complete by the end of the day.


Now all I need to do is put it all together onto the brooch – but these would also look great as a Christmas tree decoration.

I also had time to wander around the grounds in between showers and the autumn colours are particularly pretty at the moment.


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Back at home and after a couple of leisurely hours of sewing all the components were ready to put together…


And here is the finished brooch, minus the ribbon which just needs to be added. I can’t wait to wear…


Happy stitching one and all…


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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14 Responses to Christmas candy….

  1. kathyreeves says:

    At first I thought just the tree would be the brooch! Wow, that must be some tiny work, make sure you show us a picture when you are wearing it!

  2. claire93 says:

    very festinve! and just look at those tiny xmas trees!

  3. Catherine says:

    Such a lovely design! I’ve heard great things about Kate as a tutor, and her designs are always so sweet. Definitely a nice little addition to your Christmas apparel!

  4. What a delight – and it looks like it was fun, too!

  5. Kim says:

    It’s lovely. Enjoy wearing it throughout the festive season 😃

  6. craftycreeky says:

    Love those tiny Christmas trees and the clever use of bugle beads too. I’m sure you’ll enjoy wearing it.

  7. rosejasm says:

    That is stunning x

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