A Christmas Carol (Penguin Christmas Classics) by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

One of 5 liked Christmas classics
First released on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol used to be an immediate vintage: Londoners thronged to listen to Dickens learn it in individual and purchased out the 1st printing in days. Its reception used to be so ecstatic that it really is credited with supporting to restore curiosity one of the Victorians in Christmas traditions, together with caroling and vacation playing cards, in addition to inciting an unforeseen wave of charitable giving from Britain’s commercial Age robber barons. Originally conceived as a pamphlet opposed to exploitative capitalism sooner than taking its present shape, it has encouraged dozens of theatrical and picture adaptions, and its characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, are endlessly inscribed in our hearts and minds.

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Shirred ribbon (or fabric) is used to decorate the outside of a box, add an edge to a pillow, or if the ribbon is narrower, to make an interesting leaf or rosette-style flower. Any width ribbon, ½" to 3" wide, with a finished woven edge works well for shirring. If the ribbon has wire in the edges, remove the wire before stitching. If you can’t find just the right ribbon for your project, use fabric strips. Turn the long sides of the fabric under ¼" and proceed with stitching. As a rough guide for the amount of ribbon or fabric you will need to use, double the length of the area you are covering.

Note: Very tiny buds are too small for a tube-style calyx, so these buds are usually wrapped with a 1" piece of " wide ribbon, and then stitched at the back. A stemmed poppy with a ribbon tube calyx. The stem is wrapped in floral tape. Tube Calyxes Ribbon Guide Use these ribbon widths with the given lengths to create tube calyxes: " wide ribbon—use 1½" length for small buds 1" wide ribbon—use 1½" length for buds and medium flowers 1½" wide ribbon—use 2" to 3" length for large flowers: poppies, tea roses, etc.

Consider beads or a small button as an alternative flower center. Edge Gathering Several flowers can be made from these frayed and snipped techniques: a carnation (right) or tiny dandelion-type filler flower using just the frayed edge; and a bachelor button, cornflower, or small peony using the frayed and snipped method. This technique is usually done with bias-cut silk ribbon. Using your thumb and forefinger, fray the top edge of the ribbon. These carnations use 1½" wide bias-cut silk ribbon and the frayed top technique.

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