One of our ladies in my WI is quite high up in the flower arranging world and every so often she runs a workshop for charity, they’re brill! Yesterday it was the Christmas workshop, we made a swag for the door in the morning, full of pine cones, cinnamon sticks and lots of different kinds of foliage.
We had a lovely lunch then in the afternoon we made topiary trees, it took ages to put all the cupressus neatly into the ball of oasis! As soon as I saw it I knew what I was going to put on the top, the partridge on the front cover of the December Making magazine! I’ve been eyeing it up since I bought the magazine a couple of weeks ago!
As soon as I got home I started going through my fabric stash, I decided to use a gorgeous blue/green with a swirly gold pattern for the main body. The wings are from a pattern I’ve nick-named my zazzle fabric, a bright mix of pink, purple green, blue…in a sort of feathery swirly pattern! The effect was like the feathers on a birds wing, unfortunately I got confused when cutting out so my ‘feathers’ go the wrong way! The underparts are in a cream with a gold feathery pattern, I used the same for the pear.
The instructions were really clear and it went together fairly quickly and easily. The only change I made was to the feet, I extended them to make spikes for sticking in oasis. By the end of the evening I had a partridge in a pear tree!