A Christmas ball - constructed of reclaimed
needlework pinned precariously to tulle on an
embroidery hoop, for this year's Christmas Card design
The little yellow and black owl hiding within
the foliage was re-discovered by me recently.
I embroidered him (very crudely) on an apron when
I was in Grade 4 or 5 - so that's 45 years ago!
It was a welcome surprise to find that my fascination
with birds and embroidery goes back to my own hand
in childhood, not just inspired by my mother and Nana.
I photographed the needlework on the hoop,
cut it out and lay it on a vintage cross-stitched
hand-towel, along with words extracted from
the local paper, which were scanned and then printed
to create this year's card - Merry Christmas!!