Thirty years ago (in 1978), I was very much involved in square and round dancing. For my Christmas gift that year, I asked my oldest daughter to work her magic with needle and thread on a skirt I could wear to all the Christmas dances. She helped me choose a heavy cotton fabric in Christmas green and I made a 12-panel full-circle skirt. She decorated each of the panels with a different design in embroidery and fabric paint.
My favorite designs were the little folk girl and the angel, although each image was unique and charming.
I wore the skirt for many years at dances and various Christmas parties. Each time, I would have to stand still while other women made a circle around me, picking up the panels and admiring my daughter’s handiwork. After my husband became too ill to dance and after the waistband became a little too snug, I hated to think of storing the skirt away and never seeing it again at Christmas time. That’s when I decided to just cut it apart up the back and use it as a tree skirt. It’s wonderful and makes an appearance every year encircling my Christmas tree.
I’m so glad to be able to sit and look at the skirt each year, remembering all of the happy dances and parties from so many years ago.