Food (which we ate before we thought to photograph!), mulled wine, and probably too much Chrismas music.
...and then the paparazzi moment we were all waiting for.... a choir of purses! The linings looked as good as the outsides.
Many thanks to all the girls for a great class, and especially to Big Cat for being team leader and getting the show on the road.
The mulled wine was a bit popular, and I forgot to fulfil my promise to give everyone a copy of the recipe - so here 'tis now! Mulled wine is a really lovely xmas treat that fills the house with sweet spicy xmas smells (and is a great way to tart up any old red wine!).
In a big pot.....
I litre of red wine (or a 750ml bottle will do)
I stick cinnamon
6 cloves - I stud them into slices of orange. This is completely unnecessary but looks nice!
Half a nutmeg - coarsely grated
A bit of grated orange or lemon rind
Heat gently for 5 minutes until all spices are infused. Strain (through a tea-strainer) to serve.
I accidentally BOILED the wine yesterday, which reduced the alcohol content somewhat. Probably a good thing when serving it to people in a sewing class, but it's best not to do that under normal Chrismas-cheery circumstances.