Saturday, 31 December 2011

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

As you will recognise the title of this post is actually part of a song called the "Twelve Days of Christmas" and today is either the 6th or 7th day depending on which tradition you are following but the days end at Epiphany, either the eve or actual day itself 6th January.  So may I present two post shuttles made from pear wood.

On the theme of trees here is a tree with birds in, although probably not partridges, the wood is cherry.   I'm in the garage made it many years ago.  The wood came from a tree near where we lived at that time in Germany, sadly it was chopped down and we missed it greatly as it produced some beautiful cherries. This tree is really a jigsaw and the birds can be displayed however you wish. It stands approximately 6 1/2 inches high and 5 inches wide.

I am aware that Pam Palmer has published a tatting book called the Twelve Days of Christmas, however I do not possess this myself but I know someone who has a copy, big sister!  It must be interesting to tat all the twelve days, has anyone done this?

The funniest take off of the song Twelve Days of Christmas was written by  John Julius Norwich  
It is written in the form of a correspondence. I have in the past used the words at an informal carol service here it is on youtube

I will be taking the pear shuttles and some post shuttles to Jane's (AKA big sister) home next week, so watch out for them appearing in her Etsy shop, unless of course she becomes too busy with her TIAS!

A very Happy New Year to everyone

Just go over to Lady Picots blog 
and see what Geraldine has done after tatting Pam Palmer's twelve days of Christmas. 
It is so impressive


  1. I've used one or two patterns from Pam's book but have never even thought of tackling them all!!!
    I've still got my tree that you gave me with the birds in - somewhere in the morass of this house!! It's been through many upheavals in it's life - moving home, divorce etc but it remains intact!!! Much treasured.

  2. Hilarious and so very clever! Happy 2012!
    Fox ; ))

  3. They look gorgeous, and too good to use.
    I wish you and your family a very happy new year.

  4. Beautiful shuttles! Are the pears hand painted?

  5. Sadly not Marilee they are not hand painted it is decoupage, but the results are quite pleasing.

  6. Wow, that's an excellent decoupage job, then. Lovely effect.

  7. YES i've tatted all the patterns in size 80 I made a oversized bright red bell pull and put a gold ring with a green bow and a big gold tassel. It's seen better days now but will but picture on my blog tomorrow afternoon.

  8. ooh, lovely shuttles! very tempting indeed.

    the tree is gorgeous! 'im in the garage is doing great work.

  9. Where can I find the twelve days of Christmas by Palmer? I have searched the internet to no avail. At one point I found it on ebay but it went for $30 which I just couldn't go up that high. I would give anything to have those patterns!

    1. Joy like you still do not possess this book and rather think it may be out of print. However, you may wish to contact Pam Palmer herself, her e.mail is - Good Luck


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