The Wednesday Group, my pals from the machine embroidery City & Guild's course at Malvern, are making a postcard sized work each month, This month the topic is 'Christmas'.
It is a lovely frosty day outside, and a good day to start a new project.
I haven't sewn anything much for ages and so I wanted an easy project to start with. I began with needing to find a long extension lead, as the whole electrical circuit in the room I sew in have stopped working. We suspect that mice have chewed through a cable but we haven't yet figured out where.
I decided to take the 'All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth' song as my inspiration. I considered which materials to use for each layer, but decided to try felt as I had sufficient and its lack of fraying was attractive.
I got together materials, then tried to thread my sewing machine. After a few goes I triumphantly got the needle threaded, only to realise that I had threaded the bobbin thread through the eye of the needle. Hey Ho...
I wrote the postcard to Santa saying what I wanted. I had decided not to make any 'cutesy' spelling errors but spelled 'Dear' wrong without meaning to. I had put out a note from a then six year old friend of mine to get the feeling of the writing, and it obviously worked.
I stitched ribbon to red felt for the wrapping, organised so that undoing the bow allowed access to the inside of the present.
The inside is lined with violet/blue velvet. Sewn onto the velvet are two incisors, complete with root. I made them out of white and flesh coloured ribbon. I would have liked to make teeth that were more beautifully crafted, especially after seeing Annie's exquisite apples with pips last week, but couldn't manage that. I think they do, at least, look like teeth enough for the story to work. I had hoped they would seem like jewels set in a box.