I am starting work on a new project for the Children's embroidery class in September this year. It is really difficult to come up with new things all the time but I think that a couple of Christmas ornaments might be something that would appeal to children. I did something similar last year but I was thinking about the song the days of Christmas and in particular the partridge in a pear tree. A partridge and a pear would probably be do-able. What made me think of this was the fact that the adults had an embroidery challenge on this theme last Christmas.
Now I have never seen a partridge, only heard about one in the song. I don't even know what one looks like. When I googled 'partridge' I got so many different images that I am totally confused as to what the partridge in the song would look like.
I then put the 'partridge in a pear tree' into the search box and this was probably the best match to what I imagine the partridge in question should look like.
I think I will start with the pear. I know what that should look like. For stitching inspiration I have selected three reference books.
The Karin Holmberg is a recent publication and a great source of designs. The other 2 are books I picked up at sales. The Winsome Douglass was published in 1958 and although only a little book, 32 pages, I use it all the time when designing. The other book I picked up in Copenhagen at a sale in an old church along with some original 1960's Chinese propaganda posters. I think the whole bundle cost me less than $5. The book still has a terrible musty smell but it is a great book on printing designs that easily translate to embroidery. So on with the pear.