Thank you for visiting here to open Day 10 in Jo's advent calendar blog hop
If this is something you have not yet seen this year or you have missed any of the previous days you can find the whole calendar with links to previous beautiful work, and future days to come here
We are asked to share a sample of our Christmas stitching -
I've chosen to share this one with you .....
A hardanger design that a group of ladies were talked through and shown in detailed steps via an internet SAL at a forum I belonged to way back in 2007. It was learnt a band at a time and taught by Lynda herself, the designer from Loopylou Designs. It was wonderful to watch it grow little by little and gain new skills.
Aptly named hollyberry, i can't believe I actually stitched it - I haven't done anything like it since though! It seems to still be available together with lots of other lovely designs on the website.
Jo's question for the advent blog hop is -
Decorations - do you have a favourite decoration you must have on display every year, maybe an heirloom, one the children made or something with a special story behind it?
For me, our family favourite and special Christmas decoration is the hand knitted nativity that my late mother-in-law made using Jean Greenhowe's Christmas Special pattern booklet.
I remember my late father-in-law helping out with the cutting of the cardboard bases for each of the characters, so a combined effort by them both. It means a lot to us and is the first thing that comes out of the attic when its time to decorate our home. It is over 25 years old and testament to the great crafting skill Betty had, she was a wonderful and talented crafter.
We still have the original raffia used as straw that lays on the floor of the wooden stable that my own DH made to house the beautiful characters. There was a light at the top that worked but its since broken, so now we have added some battery operated sparkly lights amongst the straw that give a gentle glow to the scene.
Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful festive season celebrated with those who hold a special place in your hearts.
Love and blessings to you all