God Jul to you all! A little Prairie Schooler beauty that’s been keeping me up at nights …
The pattern – sent to me by my lovely, lovely friend Diane – doesn’t have a name and was published in 1987! That was a while ago. Let me think … nope, I didn’t pick up my first cross stitch needle until two years after this, but quickly became a lover of all things Prairie Schooler.
As the critters were facing opposite directions, they just had to be stitched together – bit wistful really. Looking longingly at each other but never able to reach each other. The sheep – yep, it’s clearly a sheep – would just roll on past …
and the poor goat (or is it a donkey? I don’t know – it does have a bit of a beard) would just keep lurching back and forth and back and forth. Ah, such as life for these Christmas critters – at least they have some lovely greenery and a Swedish Christmas wish.
I added the leaves and berries – obviously – to represent the leaves and lingonberries of St. Lucia’s wreath. I backed it with red felt, stuffed it with a lovely fat piece of wool (from the futon shop – hee! hee! hee! – what an awesome find!) and added a lovely red and white ribbon with which to hang it – the white of St. Lucia’s dress and the red of her ribbon sash.
It’s a relief to see that the Christmas spirit prevails at Bootville, even amidst the chaos of moving. I was beginning to think it would just sneak quietly round the corner, disappear down the street, and I would miss my favourite time of year.
So there you are – God Jul!
p.s. there’s more St. Lucia goodness to come on her name day – the 13th December – when’s that (counting on my fingers) … Sunday! That’s when I arrive in Melbourne to help Julian unpack the house. Hmmm ….