I did a lot of sewing for Christmas last year. One of my favorite projects was a collection of brooches I made for most of the women and girls in my family.
I used the book Modern Folk Embroidery and made my first couple using Nicholson's embroidery designs, and then I started playing and made up some of my own designs. I had a great time doing it and I really like how they turn out. I even "borrowed" one to wear to my husband's holiday work party.
When I was considering the project and talking it over with my mom, I thought that while cute, they might not be ideal for children. She mentioned that it would be really great for them to have a pretty pin to wear on their coats. I thought that was a good idea. I live in Southern California where the weather is almost always warm, but many of my nieces live in Wisconsin and they spend several months of the year wearing thick winter coats when they are outside. Now they have a sweet little accessory to wear. I even made a really small one, straight from the book, for my littlest neice, Vivian.
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