A Runed Christmas Dance Carol for you

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Listen to The Christmas Season Contra Dance (sung to the tune “Blue Christmas”)

Play it here as an mp3: Christmas Season Contra Dance Blue Xmas tune

I’ll have a mer – ry Christmas dancing with you
We’ll be so mer – ry, dancing together
Decorations of runes, up and down the hall
We’ll be so merry, when in my arms you fall

Up on the stage, the caller is calling
New lines of four, down the hall, are progressing
Circle up, ladies chain, and then a do-si-do
Is not enough dear, if we don’t dance some more

But when the band starts playing the last tune
We’ll feel the dance is over –  way too soon
But we’ll do it again — see you next week
Until then, have a so, mer – ry Christmas

But we’ll do it again — see you next week
Until then, have a so, mer – ry Christmas

Irish Rune

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House Rune Patch
House Rune Patch

I visited some friends recently who dance a lot of Irish sets.  We looked at the runes, to see whether any of them would be appropriate to the Irish dancers.

The design I use for Petronella works wonderfully for the Irish move called “House”.  You “house around” at the end of many sets.  So here is a version of that same design, but called HOUSE.

The Irish crowd also uses a swing, and a move that is similar to square dancing’s “grand right and left”.  So watch for that design in the future, you Irish fans!

If you’d like a patch, contact me.  They cost $8, plus shipping.  Each one has a fusible on the back, to hold it in place while you SEW it onto a garment or bag.

Runing Christmas for EVERYONE!

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Oopps, we’ve done it again. We’ve runed another holiday: Christmas.

Click here to view the damage….

Balance and Swing ornament
Balance and Swing ornament

Patches Galore!

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It is SO MUCH FUN to embroider these rune patches!  The rayon thread has a wonderful sheen, and some are even “variegated”, so they change colors as they go along.  We have a number of options for background colors, too.

We now have 8 designs:  Balance, Swing, Do Si Do, Do Si Do with Twirls, Gypsy, Hey, Ladies Chain and Petronella.  They are 3 x 4″, with a fusible on the back.  Washable.  We sell them for $8 each, plus shipping.  Contact us if you’d like to own one.

Here are examples of the designs:

Petronella Rune
Petronella Rune
Do Si Do Rune variegated thread
Do Si Do Rune variegated thread

 

 

Hey for Four Rune
Hey for Four Rune

 

Gypsy Rune
Gypsy Rune

 

 

Ladies Chain Rune
Ladies Chain Rune

 

Haik-U-Runi #3: Balance and Swing

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Balancing, swinging.

Spinning clockwise together.

The point of contra.

 

Balance and Swing
Balance and Swing

Haik-U-Runi #2: Do Si Do with Twirls

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Do Si Do With Twirls:
Do Si Do With Twirls
Do-Si-Do with Twirls
Do-Si-Do with Twirls
Two Spin Symmetrically
A Dance of Beauty

Haik-U-Runi #1: Petronella

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Petronella:

Petronella
Petronella

 

Together we all
Spin, spin, spin — spiny spiny —
whirl — as Dervishes

Coming soon

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Do-Si-Do
Do-Si-Do