Christmas Cross Stitch Designs

After all the rain the weather is now beautiful and the sun shining so it is very hard to believe we are mid way through November and Christmas is on the horizon.

It is this time of the year when I am preparing for the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, crafting some presents and thinking of a Christmas pattern giveaway. One of my favourite projects this year has been designing biscornu so I thought a Christmas themed version would be perfect for a little seasonal stitching.

One side has been designed over the weekend and the stitching should be complete by tomorrow I just have to design the second side!!!! Normally inspiration strikes when I am in the midst of doing something very boring. It is as though part of my brain is at a loose end so starts wandering off into creative thought and the images start to appear in my mind. Since I have a set of shelves and the ceiling of the summerhouse to sand and undercoat today I am hoping this will be the perfect stimulus to create some more motifs to complete the biscornu.

If you would like a free copy of the finished pattern, hopefully at the beginning of December, please head over to the homepage and sign up to my newsletter.

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Congratulations!!! We have some winners

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Many congratulations to tracyjroe and theruralsewist winners of the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show tickets. Please contact me to arrange your prizes and have a fantastic day out.

If you are hoping to come along to the show and not yet booked tickets please take advantage of the discount code HAR16 for a reduced price of £12 when booking online or over the phone.

Give us a wave if you are passing C550!

Twit Twoo

 

TwitTwooHappy Halloween to you all

I made this little snowy owl over the school holiday. It is the first time I have sew with felt in literally decades. I am sure my last attempt was a blanket stitch purse as a Brownie! This wool felt really is a delight to stitch with, so forgiving. I simply sketched a snowy owl, snipped him out and dusted down the blanket stitching. The only tricky part were his legs. I did attempt to fashion my own from wire, they were rather mangled but at least I was able to work out if I could get him to stand up. His new legs were some I found at the Knitting and Stitching Show and after clipping back, painting and wrapping his claws in embroidery thread they worked a treat.

Win!! Tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate 22nd to 25th November

Harrogate Ticket Comp 2018

It seems no time at all since we were meeting up with so many crafty people at the Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace and now, having survived the school half term holiday, we are preparing to do it all again in beautiful Harrogate 22nd to 25th November.

I have some tickets to give away to this fantastic show so please drop me a line by Friday 2nd of November if you would like the chance to win a pair as well as a needlework kit. Tag a friend and both names will go in the draw on Saturday 3rd November. Best of luck to you all x

We Have Some Winners!

Many congratulations to Emma, Janet and Sue, winners of the Knitting and Stitching tickets and needlework kits. Please drop us a line at epavier@annsorchard.co.uk with your contact details so we can pop your goodies in the post. Have a fantastic day out at this truly inspirational show.

In the meantime, please keep your eyes peeled as I should have some more tickets to give away in the coming weeks, this time for the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show.

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Win!!! Tickets for the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace

The start of the new school year heralds preparation for the autumn craft shows. My biggest show of the year, Knitting & Stitching, Alexandra Palace is just over a month away and I’m already getting butterflies!!! I have plenty of new cross stitch kits but I still have to write the instructions and design the packaging – fingers crossed it will be, ‘alright on the night.’

If you would like to join us at the show I have three pairs of tickets and some mini beadwork or chunky cross stitch kits to give away. If you would like to be included in the draw just leave me a note in the comments section, drop me an email e.pavier@annsorchard.co.uk or leave a comment on our Facebook or Instagram page. Tag a friend and both names will go in the draw.

All entries need to be in by midnight on Friday 7th September and three lucky winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 8th September.

The tickets are valid for use on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th or Sunday 14th October 2018. It should be a fantastic day out, lots of inspiring work on display and a great opportunity to stock up on products and haberdashery.

Best of luck, Emma x

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Crochet with Garden Twine

I have an obsession with bags. Not fancy, designer handbags, but large, woven bags for carrying the shopping or, dare I say it, stashing yarn! I have been thinking about making crochet bags for a very long time, there are numerous half-finished attempts lying about the house. The main issue I have found is that most yarn is too soft to hold its shape once the bag is finished. I have tried doubling up and alternative stitches which help to a degree but it still boils down to the yarn. A trip to the garden centre yesterday threw up the option of using garden twine. It was the selection of colours which caught my eye, who knew there was a whole range of alternatives to bottle green or beige? Anyway, I have made a start with a rather lovely indigo blue. It is quite tough on the hands but the finish is just what I am after, firm but flexible. If I can figure out a simple semi-circular design to start with then there are all sorts of options to pimp it up – fingers crossed (except when crocheting).

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