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cotton covered tree www.spuncottonornaments.comYou may remember my poor naked little Christmas tree that I saved from last year.  The one that has been patiently waiting for me to swaddle all of it’s branches in cotton “snow”.

www.spuncottonornaments.comWell, I’ve finally had time to begin working on it.  It was a busy few months leading up to Christmas, and all the while I was working on other projects, the little tree was never far from my thoughts.  Finally on Christmas Eve, as I was putting the last few stitches in a quilt I made for my youngest son and his wife, I stopped and spent just a few minutes spinning cotton around two tiny branches of my tree.  It wasn’t much, but it made me feel good to at least get some of the cotton on before Christmas!www.spuncottonornaments.com

Now that Christmas is past I’ve been able to work on the tree a bit more.  I still have a long way to go, but the tree is taking on the look of snow covered branches… at least here and there!

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A Valentine for my Spun Cotton students!  Step by step instructions for this mixed media ornament are posted on the class site.

A Valentine for my Spun Cotton students! Step by step instructions for this mixed media ornament are posted on the class site.

Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Spun Cotton Class members should stop in at the class member only site to get step by step instructions for this mixed media Valentine ornament ❤

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If you are a class member of my Spun Cotton Ornament class make sure you head on over to the Class Member only Ning site today or tomorrow for one last look at the five instructional videos.  I splurged and added two months of video capability to the class site as my Christmas present to everyone and now we are down to the last two days!!!

There are three videos on constructing a basic spun cotton ornament and two on how to costume your figures in crepe paper and cotton batting clothing.

I hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas present 🙂

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Merry Christmas to all of my spun cotton ornament students!  As my present to you all this year, I have purchased two months of video capability for the class site and posted three instructional videos; Making a Human Wire Armature, Basic Spun Cotton Instructions, and Another Method For Spinning Cotton and How to Fix Trouble Spots.  These are a great refresher for those of you who have taken a “live” class from me here at my studio or at the Brookfield Craft Center, and a chance to see spinning in action for all of you who have taken my Class by Mail.

Pop in at the class site soon!  The videos are only available for viewing through February 5th, 2012.  While you are at the Ning site, be sure to take advantage of the newly added directions for making a reproduction of the antique spun cotton boy in this previous post.

If you are one of my students  who has not already signed up for the class member only site, I strongly urge you to do so.  You are missing out on lots of great information and best of all it’s entirely free for all class members.

Email me at paula@asweetremembrance.com if you are a student who needs an invitation to the class site.  Be sure to include the approximate date that you took/purchased the class so that it will be easier for me to look you up in my records.  Also for those who have already signed-up for the Ning site but can’t remember how to get there, I am happy to send you a reminder 🙂

If you haven’t taken my class yet, this is a great time to do so!  Click here to visit my website A Sweet Remembrance, where you can purchase my Class by Mail. There is still time to receive your class before Christmas if you buy it in the next few days.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to watch the video instructions (which will be unavailable after 2/5/12).

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This is the most recent addition to my collection of antique spun cotton ornaments. I think that this chubby checked boy , dressed in red and white crepe paper, is in wonderful condition considering that he has celebrated 100 or so Christmases.

I was delighted to find this spun cotton ornament on Sunday, when I went to the Jenny Lind Doll Club’s annual Doll Show in Southbury, CT.   I wasn’t expecting to see any antique or vintage Christmas items, so he was a wonderful surprise.  I think he is quite adorable,  so much so that I plan to make reproductions of him for Christmas this year.  I’ll also be posting directions for creating a replica on my Spun Cotton Ornament class member only site for all of my students.

Cute from every direction!

Here he is again, along with two tiny vintage evergreen trees that I also bought at the show on Sunday. If you are wondering about the chest he is standing in front of, it's a small 2 drawer antique chest that I painted with mural like scenes of the Peaceable Kingdom.

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Here is a peek at the new Valentine ornament that I created especially for all of my Spun Cotton Ornament students.  Instructions for this project are on the class member only Ning site  and use the basics that students learned in class.

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The class was a lot of fun.  We had eight students.  Thank you to everyone who came.  The museum and I both appreciate your support.

I had planned to take photos, but it was such a busy action filled morning that I never managed to get out my camera!

On Saturday 12/5 (that’s 3 days from now) I am teaching a class at the New Milford, CT  Historical Society Museum on Victorian Scrap Paper Ornaments.  This class would be a bit elementary for those of you who have mastered spun cotton, but if you aren’t a spun cotton expert,  are looking for something fun to do with older children, or have a friend who isn’t “crafty” then this would be the perfect class.

The class runs from 10:00 – 12:00.  The cost is $30, which includes most of your materials, and all of the money goes to benefit the museum.  If you’d like to read the class listing on the museum website, here is the link www.nmhistorical.org/eventsnews/index.htm .

Since time is so short, just call me at the museum (860-354-3069) to register and you can pay on Saturday when you come for the class.  If I’m not in the office, please leave a message on the answering machine.

All you need to bring with you to class are paper scissors, fabric shears, fabritack glue, and any trims, tinsel, glitter, buttons, etc. that you have and would like to put on your ornaments.  A tour of the museum’s current exhibit “300 Years of Christmas Traditions” is included in the class.

It should be a fun morning for a good cause.  I hope to see some of you there!

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