My Mum’s favourite time of year – by far – is Christmas. She literally starts talking about it midsummer… and as it happened, this year I was in NYC in the height of the heat, popped into Purl Soho, and what did I see? This lovely Purl Soho advent calender.
It’s made from felt, embroidery floss and sequins and seed beads. Lots, and lots, and lots of sequins and seed beads. I decided it would be a great gift for my Mum, not to mention a nice little handwork project when I’m watching TV given I’ve still not mustered up the courage to learn to knit.
Purl Soho do a kit for $98 (!) but I was pretty certain I could find some felt and bits for less than that, so instead I picked up just the pattern for $15 and their sequin & bead pack for $12, and I bought all the felt online.
Here’s mine! Not as perfect as Purl Soho’s example… but not bad for someone who’s a touch slapdash with a hand needle. I also learned to seed stitch! Skill building, this one.
Here’s what it looks like before the month starts: there are 24 little pockets for the ornaments, and then you attach them using a pin on the back.
I love all the little ornaments – now that I know how it works, I might go more creative next time and do more personalised ones. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have one specific to your family?
And here’s a wee video of it in action!
Have you done much holiday crafting? Have you ever spent hours upon hours upon hours stitching tiny sequins and seed beads onto something?