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I was so proud of these when I made them, it was difficult to restrain myself from posting the pics right away. I managed, though. It would be too bad to put all that work into them and then ruin the surprise. But now that Christmas is past (one month past, in fact), I can awe you with the results of my labors! (Or at least the zoom of my photographs).

Embroidered Christmas ornament 1

For our first Christmas away, I wanted to send our parents and grandparents something very Scottish to make up for the fact that we are here instead of being there. Some of my family did the same last year–I know we got at least one Scotland-themed ornament.


We had to get our gifts in the mail quite early* to make sure they would be in the US in time for Christmas. We mailed them the first week of December, and are happy to report that they made it to my parents’ and NTS’s with days to spare.

I carried the unfinished ornaments to holiday parties, and at the quieter, sitting down parties whipped them out to work on them. I generally prefer to have something to do with my hands during casual conversation or when waiting my turn at games; it makes me patient and relaxed. Usually I knit, but at that point I didn’t own knitting needles, and anyway it’s complicated to knit words into smallish Christmas ornaments. I promise, the red words are easier to read in person.


The base material is British wool plaid, cut alternately on the bias and on the grain for variation. I think my favorite part was adding the snow to each ornament at the end. I love how the round ones look a little like snow globes.


Even here, the traces of finals can’t be entirely avoided. My bulletin board was a seasonal hodgepodge of colorful Christmas ornaments and grim reminders for due dates and research notes.

Next week, tune in for part two of our Christmas series. What is that yellow shape? Does it pose a threat to our fair heroine and the crew of the Skyra Brae? And most importantly, what does one do with antique lace? Find out next time on…

The Far Outer Hebrides.