Don’t hide behind the sofa, that won’t stop the inevitable – and that was the principle behind our October workshop, organised and given by three of our Guild members.
Christmas decorations – to be precise, ‘festive Freds’ and Santa napkin rings. These are the festive Freds under construction,
and rather more finished:
And they can also be turned into snowmen, by choosing different fabric and felt and giving them a cheerful scarf.
They’d be good to make with kids, and a clutch of children might even be more sensible than we were (ahem). We really got into our slightly hysterical stride (it must be the threat of Christmas, or it could just be us) with the Santa napkin rings.
The ingredients did look a little disconcerting, especially en masse:
You cut a piece of fur fabric to shape, cut out an eye hole and back it with flesh-coloured felt, trim the ‘beard’ appropriately, and stick on the eyes. Then you turn the fur fabric into a circle and glue the ends together. Finally, you brush the beard out and pop a coloured paper napkin into the ‘ring’.
That’s the theory. It works, too,
but the problems came when we started embellishing our Santas, giving them cheeky fringes or lavish, long moustachios using discarded bits of fur fabric. Let’s just say that the combination of loose bits of fur fabric and lots of glue is, er, messy. We were all falling about laughing.
But we did get a load of the napkin rings made,
and everyone thought they would be wonderful to do with children or, kept secret, would amuse them on Christmas Day.
Choice of eyes, by the way, is essential.
Let’s hope he’s winking at Mrs Santa, and not at some passing elf…
Our next meeting, at the end of November, is the AGM. So just a reminder to members to come along, and with some suggestions for next year’s meetings. Don’t forget to bring a festively wrapped present for the raffle, your knitted hat / scarf / gloves for the homeless – a possible entry for the competition (you don’t have to enter, of course, only if you wish) – and a dish for lunch. Maybe we’ll have winking Santa napkin rings, who can tell?