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 ….

god jul

5 thoughts on “god jul

  • December 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Hi Lily,
    my grandaughter’s second name is Lucia (pron Loosia) after the saint – she was conceived in Scandinavia! Her parents lived in Sweden for 12 months.

    Warm wishes for a happy relocation from another (deep) southerner and have a lovely Christmas

  • December 8, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Adorable! What a great design — love the colors you used. And what about that linen?! Tell us about that linen, please — that beautiful color and edging? Perfect!

  • December 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Oh, it’s so beautiful! You are a very talented crafts person!
    God Jul to you too!

  • December 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Lovely work! Next Sunday it is Lucia day. I drive to Helsinki to see both Kajsa at Vanha (guess, if I buy something there) and I can see also Lucia celebrations. I love Lucia tradition! Please, Lily, let me know your new address in Melbourne! I can tell Santa then!;-)

  • December 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Lily,
    This is absolutely fantastic.It is so cute. Do you know where I can get a copy of the pattern? Do you think it’s still in print? Have a great day.

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