The Flakes of Christmas Past

tis the season 005Tis the Season 017As a child, the coming of Christmas meant it was time to get out the paper and scissors and cut snowflakes of every shape and size. They were then taped to all the windows in the house. What a beautiful sight! This tradition continued in my home with my own 5 children. They are now cutting snowflakes with their children

When I was asked by the DMC Corp. to create a piece for a holiday display at The National Needlearts Assn. trade show, my childhood memory of Christmas came back to me. Snowflakes!

I initially cut the snowflake from paper then traced it onto my shimmery fabric. The 3D poinsettia was also my own creation. I used a deep red ultra-suede for the double-sided petals. DMC’s Memory Thread, which holds its shape because of the fine wire at its core, was machine couched around the edge of each petal. The flower was then assembled and attached to the deep blue glitter-strewn background fabric. Glass beads were scattered about to further give the illusion of snow. The piece is entitled ‘Tis the Season.

I have received compliments from my Jewish friends who were impressed by my use of the Star of David at the center of my snowflake. I had to admit that it was not planned. Anyone who has ever folded paper and cut out a snowflake will tell you, you never know what you’ll get until you open it up. The element of surprise adds to the fun. My hope is that our family tradition will continue for many generations to come. Happy Holidays!