This week at the Monday morning Sewing Workshop held in Franklins, Salisbury we made a Christmas decoration. I am not sure of its “offical” name but I call it a Catherine Wheel. You start with two 3.5 ” circles which are stitched right sides together all the way around taking a 1/4″ seam. Make a small slit in one side and turn through right sides out. Press. Mark the centre point on both sides of the circle. Stuff lightly with polyester toy filling, not too much stuffing at the centre. Close the slit and prepare the “wings”. You need 16 x 3.5″ squares of Christmas-theme prints. Fold in half diagonally and in half again so that you end up with a triangle that is 4 thicknesses. Press well. With double thread start by anchoring at the centre point of the padded circle. Catch the corner of one of your triangles and pull into the centre, take the thread through to the other side and catch the opposite point of the “wing”. Work your way around the pad until all 16 triangles have been stitched. Attach a loop of ribbon to both centres as the hanger and finish with a button each side. Both the ribbon loop and the button can be attached using a hot glue gun asby this time you may find it very difficult to stitch through all the thicknesses of the wings and the centre pad.
I am not quite sure of the source for the Little Angel Applique that I used for this cushion cover but I think it makes an effective centrepiece for the project. The centre panel is bordered with a “flange border” with mitred corners and the reverse has a button closure for which I used some delightful Reindeer printed buttons. You will be seeing more of these buttons as I bought a bag of 100! The cover measures 14″ square and the polyester-filled pad is 15″ square.
Dressmaking has been temporarily postponed whilst I endeavour to get some Christmas-themed projects completed. I set up the embroidery mode on my Brother 4000D sewing machine and spent a day stitching several embroideries. The first was a Redwork countryside scene from www.emblibrary.com which I have inset into the front of a calico cushion cover. The embroidered panel is outlined with narrow Red ric-rac and the reverse has a button closure also in red. The cover measures 14″ square and thepolyester-filled cushion pad is 15″.