Our Christmas Photo Competition finished at the end of December. In the competition we asked stitchers to send in a photograph of a completed or part-stitched Jolly Red tapestry, or a new kit if they were receiving their first kit as a Christmas gift.
Some lovely pictures came our way, with Christmas stockings and cushions in all their festive glory. They are grouped together in our Facebook Album called ‘Christmas 2016’ so do take a look if you haven’t seen them.
We enjoy asking different people to choose the winning names in our competitions, so last Saturday I took a walk around Langport to catch up with local shopkeepers, to see how their year had started – and to get them to pick a name out of the hat.
First off, a trip to Cocklemoor, run by Ros and Paul. Cocklemoor is a fantastic shop for gifts, haberdashery, knitting wool, greeting cards and wrapping paper (they’ve saved the day for me on many an occasion!). They also stock a huge selection of old fashioned sweets in jars, so you can treat yourself to a few of your favourites. Jelly baby, anyone?
Over to Paul! He picked Joanna’s name. Joanna’s dog, Angus, had sent in a picture on her behalf, showing him sitting with his very own Puppies Christmas stocking.
Next, Ros. Ros pulled out Kitty’s name. Kitty had sent in a photograph of her framed ‘J for Jungle‘ tapestry adapted for her niece, Lauren.
My next stop was Florin, where I interrupted owner Charlie’s lunch to get him to choose our third and final winner. Sorry, Charlie.
Here he is, with Nicola L’s name. Nicola sent in a picture of her Evergreen Christmas stocking, hanging up by the woodburner ready for Santa’s visit.
Florin is another gorgeous Langport shop, full of gifts as well as treats for you and your home, all sourced from the travels of Charlie and his wife, Wendy. The music is always fantastic and you’ll easy while away quarter of an hour, rummaging through the many baskets and spotted more things you hadn’t noticed at first on the shelves.
My personal favourites in Florin are their scarves and fingerless gloves. I bought several pairs of the gloves just before Christmas to give to dog walking friends, who loved them. Warm hands – and you can pick up doggy doings too. Win, win!
I can’t resist plugging lovely Langport. If you visit you’re spoilt for choice of places to stop for a coffee, from Shakspeare Glass and Kitchen at Bow Wharf, where you can enjoy river views. Further along you get to the Parrett Cafe and then Art Tea Zea, Florin’s neighbour.
If you fancy something stronger, there’s The Langport Arms just across the road from Florin, or carry on around the corner to the newly reopened Black Swan pub.
The signs, below, are available from Florin.
A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas photo competition. The winners will have their next Jolly Red tapestry made up, free of charge!
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