Every November our church (Dunchurch Baptist Church, or DBC) organises a Christmas Craft Event for the children from the local villages. Entry is £2 (adults free if accompanied by a responsible child) and then they can do as many of the crafts on offer as they like and can fit into two hours. There are usually about ten different crafts to do, ranging from Christmas cards and decorated biscuits to Father Christmas doorhangers and snowflake ornaments. It won’t surprise you that I generally do something stitchy, aimed at the slightly older children. Some of the younger ones do come and have a try though, assisted by Mum or Grandma (and in one case, Dad); and I always seem to get as least as many boys as girls. One year the boys doing stitching actually outnumbered the girls!
For the past few weeks I’ve been collecting the various materials needed for this year’s craft, and yesterday and this morning I’ve been putting everything together ready for this afternoon. The result: 30 pieces of black felt with a star drawn on them in silver, and 30 kits containing (with minor variations) a piece of sticky-back foam, red ribbon, gold cord, red coton à broder, eight gold and eight silver star sequins, and 16 beads.
And what is it going to be? Well, hopefully they will end up with something like this:
Wish me luck!