Only once the final show of the year, Knitting and Stitching in Harrogate, is finished do I start thinking about Christmas and it is the perfect time to say a little thank you to everyone who has supported my tiny needlework business over the past year.
This year I have been inspired to design some Christmas baubles on perforated paper stitched in a combination of cross stitch and seed beads. If I had been a little more organised I would have started work on these back in the summer but as it turns out I began stitching about two weeks ago! By some miracle my mother and I have managed to get a few finished and although there are no kits yet I would love to share one of the patterns with you and hope you have some bits and bobs in your stash that you can put to good use.
The sample shown was stitched on 14count, the finished size is approximately 9cm x 7cm and can be stitched in about four hours, so you should be able to make it in time for Christmas….. and if you are a particularly speedy stitcher then why not make a few in different colours to create a garland?
If you would like a copy of the free pattern and instructions please click on the link below.
Many congratulations to Mihail and hwroe_floslittleflower winners of the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching tickets. Please drop me a line to let me know which needlework kit you would like as part of your prize and I will get everything in the post as soon as possible. Have a fantastic day out and give us a wave on C550 as you are passing x
I am not a great fan of shopping on the high street as everything is so generic, you know exactly what you are going to get before you even leave the house. Of course it is fantastic if you need those everyday items such as a washing machine or bedsheets but it doesn’t really fulfil the ‘hunter gatherer’ instinct.
However, the great joy of visiting an art exhibition, craft or antiques fair is that you can never anticipate what treasure might catch your eye. Occasionally I will visit my local antiques fair at Ardingly with a vague list of what I might need. Today I was looking for a floor lamp and a sideboard for the hallway. Needless to say I found neither but I did come away with some beautiful linen to make some new blinds for the study and this fabulous embroidered bird.
He is not very big, only about the same size as a sheet of A4 paper but he is so quirky and the stitching is exquisite. It is worked in silk embroidery thread with a very high sheen so they almost look metallic. Each stitch lies perfectly flat against its neighbours further enhancing the shine. The colours are not an obvious choice for the design but they work so well together and complement the black frame.
How much did I pay for this thing of beauty ….. just £12 – perfect!
Hoorah, it is that time of year again when I am in full swing getting ready for the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate – the end of the show always coincides with my annual trip to the dentist and then the start of the Christmas preparations.
I have some tickets to give away to this super event. Please drop me a line, either in the comments box below or email email@example.com by Friday 8th November if you would like to be included in the prize draw on Saturday 9th November. Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of tickets and a needlework kit of your choice.
If you are planning to come along to the show please give us a wave, we shall be at C550.
It should be a fantastic day out and a great opportunity to stock up on materials for your Christmas makes or presents for your crafty family and friends.
Congratulations to Hilary and Rachel, winners of the tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, 10th to 13th October. Please contact me to arrange your prize and have a fantastic day out.
In the meantime, please keep an eye open as I should have more tickets to give away shortly for the Knitting and Stitching Show held in Harrogate at the end of November.
It is the start of the new autumn term and that also heralds the start of my manic preparations for the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London, 10th to 13th October 2019.
I have a couple of pairs of tickets to give away for this amazing textiles show and a needlework kit of your choice; mini beadwork, chunky cross stitch, sample or biscornu.
If you would like a chance to win just leave me a message and if you tag a friend both names will go into the draw. All entries need to be in by midnight Friday 13th September and two lucky winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 14th September 2019.
Best of luck and give us a wave at E27 if you are passing through the main hall.
We are planning to take a break for a couple of weeks and enjoy the sunshine with family and friends. I am hoping to use the time for some intensive stitching. There are a lot of projects I have planned for the autumn shows but many have not yet been started!
In the meantime, I was inspired yesterday afternoon by the lovely weather and the glorious show in the garden to design some jewel coloured heleniums in cross stitch. I’ve not yet had time to sew them so the only recommendation as to fabrics and thread is to simply raid your stash!
Please let us know by Friday 5th July if there are any stitching goodies you need so we can get them posted by the weekend otherwise I’m afraid you will need to wait until Monday 22nd July 2019.
Have fun with these cross stitch flowers and please feel free to share with family and friends, Emma x