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DS2 takes dance lessons at Drapers Dance Centre every Saturday morning and for his first medal he had to learn a freestyle dance and he also had to dance a Samba.

Obviously as his mum I knew he'd pass as we (yes you read that right LOL!) practised every week inbetween his classes. I found a lovely design of two dancers doing the Samba and secretly stitched it for him. He duly passed his medal and got awarded his bannerette with the rosette and certificate. To celebrate his first dance exam he's now got his own Samba on his bedroom he is holding it.

I also stitched up a small ornament for my Mother and Father-in-law. The kids are still disgusted that we can't go and spend Christmas in Kent again this year, they loved it last year...just a pity they all came home ill with flu!
designed by Abi Gurden
The Stitch Specialists

After going through 2 balls of white #8 perle thread and our local Hobbycraft not having any a lovely stitcher called Frances who is part of my yahoo group Friendly Stitchers put some on her stash order. As a small thank you for sending them to me I designed and stitched this small humbug, couldn't resist the Christmas theme :-)

I took the boys to Sheffield's Weston Park Museum on Thursday as they were having a Christmas activity day, this is what the boys made. Luke's is the Father Christmas and Peter's is the Stocking.

I've not had as much stitching time as normal thanks to the pre-Christmas round of parties, nativities and the usual present hunting but here's where I'm up to on my normal stitching...
Castles In The Air
Papillion Creations 
parts 1-3 completed

Noah's Ark Cut Thru
Bothy Threads

A Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. See you next year xx


  1. Lovely stitching. Your little boy is so cute and looks very happy with his picture.

  2. Congrats to the DS!! Samba is beautiful.

    Love all of your stitching! Here is to hoping we all have more time to stitch in 2012 :)

  3. Dear Jo
    Lovely stitching as usual.

  4. oooo well done on the dancing and the stitching for DS :) lovely ornaments and wips too :) hope you have a fab Christmas and a merry stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

  5. Beautiful stitching! I especially like the humbug. :) I want to make one, but I have a list of WIPs a mile long already!

    - Lisa N. in Cambodia

  6. What a fun thing to learn! Congratulations to your son on his medal. CITA is looking wonderful.

  7. What a fun thing to learn! Congratulations to your son on his medal. CITA is looking wonderful.

  8. Congratulations to your son. Lovely stitched items and WIP.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.


  9. WTG to DS! What a cool samba design. :) Your other WIP are lovely as well. :) Happy Christmas and new year to you and yours as well! :)

  10. Castles in the Air is gorgeous. Lovely finishes, cute humbug.

  11. Congrats to your DS on getting his dance medal. It's great someone so young is "into" dancing.

    All your stitching looks great. Congrats on your finishes. ☺

    The crafts the boys did are so adorable!


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