Sunday, 29 December 2013

Fresh Florals Embroidery Pattern

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Embroidery Kit Sale

Fancy some holiday stitching?
My little embroidery kits are normally £3.50 each
Now 2 for £5 for a limited period
Just buy 2 kits and enter the coupon code KIT14 at the checkout

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all my friends out there in blogland
Thank you all for your support during 2013 :)

Monday, 16 December 2013

Rag Bag Stockings

My grown up children still love a stocking filled with bits and pieces on Christmas morning
Just been getting them ready for filling this week and thought I would share them with you
They are a combination of randomly patchworked fabrics, applique, hand quilting and embroidery with ribbons and trims

So why not raid your fabric and haberdashery stash and have a go at making your own?

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Picture this familiar scenario:
It's just 2 weeks to the big day, the kids are breaking up from school any day now and you still have stocking fillers and teacher gifts to think about
Arggh! Tired and stressed and rapidly running out of money, you need some 'me' time and some cheap and quick gift solutions

Maybe I can help

These cute little embroidered felt circles can be easily made into keyfobs or badges with just a few jewellery findings
So make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and relax with a bit of therapeutic hand stitching

First gather your supplies:
Free Pattern
Small scraps of felt (wool or acrylic)

Stranded embroidery thread
Embroidery Stabalizer (Fuse and Tear)
Crewel needle
Fineliner or pencil
8 - 10 Jump rings and 1 keyfob clip or brooch pin
Jewellery pliers

Step 1
Cut 2 felt shapes the same size - I have used 55 mm circles cut with a die cutter but any shape will be fine and they can be different colours)
Trace your chosen design from my free pattern  onto the papery side of the stabalizer
The other side has a waxy coating (a bit like freezer paper) - make sure the waxy side is facing the felt then press for a few seconds with a hot iron

Tip: if using acrylic felt cover with a cotton cloth first or you will melt the felt!)

Step 2
Using 3 strands of embroidery thread stitch along the lines with a back stitch
Make your stitch quite tight and remember to fasten off securely at the end
More stitch ideas HERE

Step 3
Now for the fun bit!
When the stitching is complete simply tear away the stabalizer to reveal the design

It will tear away very easily - remove any tiny bits with the point of your needle

Step 4
Holding the front and back pieces together blanket stitch around the edge using 2 strands of thread

Step 5
To make into a keyfob
Stitch the first jump ring at the top of the shape with a few overcast stitches

To make into a badge
Stitch the brooch pin to the back

Step 6
Attach the rest of the rings to the first one to form a chain then attach to the key fob clip
Voila! your'e finished
Simple or what?

Make lots more yourself to give to teachers, friends or as stocking fillers 
Draft in some help  - they are easy enough for older children to stitch and will keep them busy while they are waiting for Santa

Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Crochet Decor Ideas

Today's post takes a look at ideas for using crochet in your festive decorating scheme

White Shabby Chic 
Just LOVE these crocheted snowflakes
This beautiful blog Inspiration In White has loads more ideas for this type of scheme
Snowflake patterns HERE, HERE and HERE
Love these crocheted tree decs from Drops Design
The free pattern is HERE

These jars covers are a must!
The free pattern is HERE

Granny Style 
For granny fans out there this tree skirt from Red Heart is the perfect project

These gorgeous granny style baubles are from Annoo's Crochet World

And these retro decorations are by the amazing Lucy over at Attic 24

I have collected loads more christmas crochet ideas over at my Christmas Crochet Pinterest board

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Light Bulb Competition

Anyone interested in taking part in the new Christmas competition of crafting light bulbs for LightBulbs-Direct?
Wish I had known about it sooner as I have loads of ideas but no time!

The competition involves entrants taking old and dud light bulbs and decorating and them in imaginative ways into exciting new Christmas decorations (such as baubles, wreaths etc.) 
Entries are now being accepted, with a £100 gift card being offered to the winner!

Please visit this link for the full details of the crafting competition and do read the full Terms & Conditions here before taking part

I was intrigued by this art form so I did some research - this Santa by Cyndi Mckinney is one of my favourites!
Take a look at her blog to see more of her amazing artwork

Click HERE for more examples of lightbulb art

Friday, 6 December 2013

Hand Stitched Christmas (Part 2)

Today's post is a little tutorial for my hand stitched fabric leaves 
I hang mine from the garlands I wind up the stair rails but they also look great on trees as part of a woodland scheme

What you need
Scraps of cotton fabrics in greens, browns, oranges 
Piece of twine (approx 7 ins)
Black embroidery thread

What you do
1. Cut out the leaf template and place onto the front of a piece of cotton fabric
2. Draw around the template (this will be your stitching line) then cut out the leaf adding approx 1/4 inch all round
3. Cut the back of the leaf to the same size
4. Place the 2 leaf shapes with W/S facing and tack securely
5. Using 2 strands of black embroidery thread work a stem stitch along the stitching line you marked in step 2 making sure you are stitching through both layers of fabric
6. Leave a 3 cm gap in your stitching then stuff the leaf with polyester filling
7. Continue the stem stitch to complete the leaf and close the gap
8. Make more leaves and stitch together in pairs
9. Stitch on the button, tie the twine to the button and hang any where you fancy for a bit of woodland magic

Leaf Template

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Hand Stitched Christmas (Part 1)

Since returning from the K&S Show last month I have hit the ground running
In between working on a series of exciting embroidery magazine projects (watch this space for news of these next year!) I have decided its time I started thinking about Christmas so I braved the dusty depths of the loft and retrieved the decorations

What better way to get into a festive mood than with a visit to Santa
Here is my grandson Xander (3 3/4) in his Christmas jumper delighted to meet the big man at our local garden centre on Sunday afternoon

I made the little robin cushion in the photograph by stitching the design onto a scrap of vintage linen then onto a square of cotton fabric 
Back the cushion with another square of fabric and fill with toy filling and a broken up cinnamon stick for a lovely Christmassy scent
You can make little tree decorations in the same way - the pattern is here and I also have a kit available
More hand stitched decoration ideas very soon!