Wednesday, December 24, 2008

26..........Christmas Eve

A sign of the season:

Our foyer church pew has been a handy and convenient spot to deposit gifts that are waiting to be delivered!

I got up early this morning and put the finishing touches on this shrug which I had begun knitting for my Mom last summer:

Dr. Sock - or should I call her Dr. Shrug???? - came over yesterday to teach me the mattress stitch, so that I could sew up the sleeves. I don't know why I waited until the very last minute to put this thing together!! Do you do that too???? This is a Knitch exclusinve pattern constructed with Rowan cotton yarn.

Remember the silk gauze that I dyed for our church's creche program a few weeks ago? I couldn't just let that fabric go to waste, but was having a difficult time deciding just how to put it to good use. I had just plopped it on the diningroom table, and then realized what a great decorative tablecloth it would make. So last week I got busy, fitting the pieces together, and then adding more little bits of silk gauze here and there:

The rolled hem attachment on my serger works great, even on this very fine gauze. Dharma has wonderful huge cones of silk thread, so I could serge the edges and then microwave dye the pieces in no time flat!

Here it is all finished up:

The neat thing about this piece is that I can continue to add more pieces here and there. I simply butted the pieces together and zigzagged them on my machine with some variegated metallic gold, green, and red thread.

No matter what your beliefs and religious persuasion, I hope this finds you well and happy, and that you and your family and friends will enjoy this holiday season, and the coming year in good health.


in case you've just dropped by, and are not a regular reader, the 26 in my title refers to the number of days remaining before Obama becomes our next president


Gerrie said...

Very pretty. I don't think we will be able to attend mid-night mass - boo hoo. The weather is still icky. I did get a package yesterday - from you!! The only one under the tree. I mean it. It is the only gift under the tree. I have some things to wrap today and then there will be more.

Jeannie said...

What an elegant table! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with hope, love, laughter, and creativity. Cheers.

Beverly said...

That is an elegant, colorfully joyous tablecloth. I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas, and the new year brings us all joy and peace.

corryna said...

Jude I wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar in Dutch. It is nice to be your blogfriend and see all the lovely things you make!

corryna said...

Sorry, I meant Judy, not Jude...

Rayna said...

Peace, joy, and love to you, too, Judy.

Eva Hagbjärn said...

Merry Christmas to you, your family and all your readers!

XO Eva

Eva Hagbjärn said...

What a clever idea with the tablecloth =)

Barbara said...


Merry Christmas!

Peace and Hope for the new year.

linda stokes said...

A beautiful tablecloth Judy! Very best wishes for Christmas and a creative 2009.

Elizabeth said...

Love the tablecloth!!! The colors are just lucious!! That shrug is wonderfula s well! As For last minute I was sewing a final seam on a robe for my daughter while DH was making Christams pancakesyesterday morning!! With all the other prep, I completely forgot about finishing it up!!!!! Made it just in time to sneek it under the tree while we were finishing our breakfast!!!!
I am counting right along with you!!!!
Can't wait!!