Friday, 4 December 2020

Bouquet of Flowers - St Laurence's Christmas Tree Festival

Thank you to everyone who stitched and sent a flower for my tree at church this year. Early in the year I decided my theme would be a Bouquet of Flowers to represent all the beautiful flowers I received after my breast cancer diagnosis. 

I put it on my blog and asked if anyone would like to stitch a flower and send it .... I have been overwhelmed by everyone's kindness, thank you. 


I asked for the flowers to be sent as stitched, this saved expensive postage for everyone and meant I could finish them all in the same way so although different they still matched. 

It was quite a big job to mount, lace and add silver zig zag to each one but worth the time as they came out lovely. I used felt foam for the backing and matched this to the colour of each flower. 





Here's all the flowers together and close ups in small groups. I did email everyone to show how their flower turned out. 















Sadly because of the restrictions here in England due to the coronavirus the church cannot hold the tree festival. It is such a shame as usually the church is filled with 60 real trees with each being decorated in a variety of themes. Everyone takes part from individuals like myself to local charities, nurseries, schools and businesses. It's a lovely atmosphere when we are all in church decorating our trees with tinsel and baubles everywhere. 

However the Tree Festival is still happening .... this year we are having a virtual festival. In the summer the church hosted a very successful virtual Flower Festival and have worked very hard to put together this year's Tree Festival. Many of the images are from previous years and include trees decorated by friends and families no longer with us, it is lovely to see them. 

You can read about the Virtual Festival here  - and watch it below .... the Bouquet of Flowers features for 2021! 


As the Bouquet of Flowers tree is a new tree, Hubby and I got our tree out of the attic and decorated it as if it was at church. I put together a few photos to show how much love has gone into this tree from all over the world. 



Thank you again to everyone who stitched and sent a flower, I did received some too late for this tree but I will be putting the Bouquet of Flowers tree up in church at next year's festival and will make those flowers up to be added in. If you'd like to stitch a flower to be added next year please let me know. 

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas - I hope you enjoy our virtual Christmas Tree Festival from St Laurence's Church, Ansley, England. 


22 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the virtual tour of the church and your tree is lovely !

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  2. Clare: Thank-you for sharing with us, I am so sorry i did not see the flowers I sent you, I hope they made it.
    Merry Christmas

    Catherine

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    1. Please let me know which flower you stitched and when you sent it, I don't think one arrived.

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  3. What a great post Clare brought tears to my eyes .
    You did a great job with the finish on all the beautiful flowers .
    Well done your tree looks beautiful .
    Our church and others in the villages do the same thing and its so sad we can't go to see them this year.
    Enjoy your weekend hugs.

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  4. Clare they look absolutely amazing! There are some stunning flowers in there.
    Great job with the finishing :-)

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  5. Clare! You did a amazing job of finishing all our flowers! They are all beautiful!
    Seeing them all together there a quite a few I’d like to stitch but I’d never find the patterns!
    Your church’s Christmas trees look amazing, thank you for sharing the video!
    I hope your treatment is going well.
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  6. The tree is stunning!!! I'm so glad you received so many beautiful flowers. I wanted to send you one but haven't been able to stitch for months. Hopefully next year...I hope you are doing well. Mary

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  7. How wonderful that you had such a great response to your request for flowers, Clare! And you did a wonderful job of finishing them all with coordinated color backings. I enjoyed the video and the clever names and sheer number of trees. What a special congregation you must have. I will look forward to seeing next year's display and hope that you are doing well with your treatments. May 2021 be kinder to us all ♥

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  8. Thank you for sharing the slide show--so many beautiful trees and pictures. I also love the way you finished the flowers and your tree is beautiful as well.

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  9. The flowers are beautiful and your tree turned out wonderfully.

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  10. Lovely! I was sent a link to this blog as one of my designs was stitched (the magnolia from an issue of The World of Cross Stitching magazine)and the stitcher shared an image with me. Would you mind if I shared your blog link on my Facebook page?

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    1. Thank you Amanda, yes you can link my blog :-)

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    2. Thank you Clare. I hope 2021 is a better year for you.

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  11. They are all lovely Clare and look great on your tree. Thank you for sharing the link to your church's virtual Christmas tree festival.

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  12. The tree looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing the video with us too. It was lovely to see all the other trees. Next year's festival is going to be spectacular!

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  13. The flower tree is absolutely beautiful. The flower ornaments are beautiful individually, but together they are inspirational. Thank you for sharing

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  14. What a spectacular job you did Clare. Just an amazing tree festival! :)

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  15. Your bouquet of flowers tree (at home) looks beautiful! You did a wonderful job finishing the ornaments. I enjoyed seeing all the different flowers everyone sent to you. Off to watch your tree festival video.

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  16. Those are so lovely! And what a wonderful job finishing all of those, and such a lot of work. Beautifully done!

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  17. So many beautifully stitched flowers and your finish for each of them looks lovely. No excuse for me now, I'll be sending you one in the new year.

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  18. The stitched flowers you received are so lovely and you finished them off beautifully.

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