I had fun shooting pictures of my Gretel fabric collection at Christmas. Even though it wasn’t designed as a Christmas line specifically, the collection feels like Christmas to me for so many reasons.
First of all, Gretel totally needs a Gingerbread House, right? There is no Hansel this year, though I have been asked if there is a Hansel collection in the works. Not at the moment, but it’s fun to wonder what that would look like…
I can’t claim credit for this gingerbread house. My photo helper, Erika loaned me her mom’s gingerbread house for the photo. (Which, looks much cuter than any that we make at our house. Plus, our gingerbread houses usually have pieces missing or bites taken within a few days…)
There’s another reason Gretel has a little bit of a sentimental feel for me at Christmas. About 50 years ago, my mom went on a study abroad semester to Europe. While she was on that experience she visited Germany and Salzburg, Austria where she bought two matching red and green dirndls for her nieces. (Dirndls are the traditional folk dress from the Austrian/Bavarian region of Europe.)
Six years later my mom had two little girls of her own who wore those dirndls for Christmas. Yep! That’s me on the right. Since that time many other siblings, and grandchildren have worn those timeless dresses, including my own girlies when they were little.
(Our hand-knit stocking tradition is also still going strong. I still use that same stocking from this photo.)
My mom also brought back German Christmas ornaments from that time 50 years ago as well as subsequent trips. And then I married a boy who was born in Germany and lived there again as a teenager while his dad was stationed there with the US Army both times. So we’ve started collecting German ornaments ourselves. There will always been a little bit of a German connection for us at Christmas. (It’s one of my bucket list goals to visit a real German Christkindl Markt one day!)
I’m excited to share a lot more projects and ideas made with Gretel after the new year. If you missed it, you can also check out my latest new pattern made with Gretel, called Fraulein, here.
I hope you’re getting some time for that last minute sewing. I finished my pillowcases for the year and I think my sewing time is wrapped up for now. Time now for actual gift-wrapping, delivering, and all of the last-minute hoopla. Next week is my favorite week of the season – once the running around is done, just hanging out with family.
Good luck with all of the last minute sewing. Remember, if the Grinch could do it, so can you.
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