We like a flashy Christmas.
I've asked for plain white lights for a while but, apparently, that isn't traditional in our family.
I've been pushing St. Lucia Day (December 13) as a tradition for some time. Now that Youngest Child is the only one left, though, we had to mix our metaphors.
Meet Star Boy & Lucia!
I decided to extend the season by making some beaded pins. I used this artwork (from Lucia, Child of Light: The History And Traditions of Sweden's Lucia Celebration by
Florence Ekstrand) as my inspiration.
I sketched it to be just larger than a pin back.
Maybe not so many beads?
My first pin - light blue felt front and red backing.
I decided to embroider the greens on the the wreath and bead only the candles, flames and berries.
After I beaded the design, I sewed the pin back to the backing felt piece, then glued them together. I added a bit of embroidery around the edges and Ta-Da!
Pin #2. This one looked a bit like an advent wreath.
I ended up with three different designs.
There has been some knitting going on as well - but those are presents!