I’ve made a Christmas tree to take
camping glamping at Christmas.
This is the best travel Christmas tree (except it sheds a bit) because it is light, soft, and completely unbreakable.
The tree is based on a piece of green hessian, and then small pieces of fabric are pushed through in an action known as “prodding” – as against “progging” which is a slightly different technique. This is the way those old fashioned rag rugs are made. I spent a lovely Saturday with my friend Suzanne and we both made a tree out of bits of our stashes.
Whilst discussing the merits of being a prodder versus being a progger – this of course was accompanied by much giggling.
Although we look as though we are enjoying ourselves, it’s quite a tedious process. First we had to cut all our scraps of fabric and ribbon into small rectangles and then they had to be poked through the canvas. Our different approaches are a bit obvious here – I take the jigsaw puzzle approach of doing the borders first and then filling in the middle. I think this is because I have no idea about what I’m doing.
Once the cone shape is filled in, it is sewn together and stuffed with wadding and mounted onto a felt base. I confess that mine is not yet stuffed or mounted!
For my family, friends and anyone else vaguely interested, a quick update on Heidi’s growth. She now weighs 30 kilos but still enjoys a cuddle with her master. She is like an enormous teddy bear.