I suppose that I really must start to think about Christmas. Actually, in some ways I have been very organised, with the majority of the presents bought and even wrapped. Other than that however I have not done much. The ingredients for the Christmas cake have been bought….and are still sitting in the cupboard. The cards are bought ….and remain unwritten. You get the idea?
A couple of years ago my eldest said that he would really like to have little stockings up the stairs with chocolates in. Not wanting to disappoint I did as requested. It was first used last year so this year was easy – all I had to was find them, buy chocolates and organise them. We all did this yesterday. As well as a chocolate I have a set of 24 mini books which tell the Christmas story so the corresponding one of these goes into the stocking as well.
Part of their homemade charm is that no two stockings are exactly same, some look more like stockings than others. The important thing is my children are happy and they bring a bit of festivity to the stairs.
Yes, after weeks of reading about everyone else’s lovely Christmas makes I thought that it was about time that I started.
I had a thought that snowflakes may well work well in wire and so gave them a go with the end goal of making a garland to go across the mantle. I used this free pattern from Notsogranny (who currently has a great giveaway on her blog to win a booklet of patterns along with the yarn to make your choice of pattern from the book).
I started off with a very fine wire and a small hook, then moved onto silver. This wire is slightly thicker and I therefore used a larger hook:
For this final version I went back to the fine wire but used a larger hook. I really like the effect of this as you can see the detail.
Now I am going to head over to Handmade Harbour as always to see what Christmassy delights everyone else has been making this week (before making my Christmas cake, writing my cards etc!!) Why don’t you join me? You may pick up a very special Christmas present …..