Night Before Christmas Embroidery Pattern – out now!

Night Before Christmas Embroidery Pattern!

Finally, our Night Before Christmas embroidery pattern is in the shop! We love this one so much – mostly because I’m just so darn partial to a bit of stitched text. Yum.

Night Before Christmas Embroidery Pattern!

It’s all pretty self-explanatory, really – not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse! We know Christmas crafting is always busy, so we’ve done everything we can to make this pattern large and exciting, but work up quite quickly. The center children area has some really cute detail, but the stars and words stitch up in a jiffy, thanks to some big fat chain stitch and the simplest straight stitches.

Night Before Christmas Embroidery Pattern!

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about what to actually *do* with all these embroideries and if you like stitching like we do, surely you’ve thought the same thing! There’s only so much wall space, right?! So we’ve made this one into a festive throw pillow to add to the Christmas decorations – and I’ll be posting an easy-peasy tutorial this Sunday for how to turn your finished Night Before Christmas embroidery (or whatever other embroidery you want, of course!) into a pillow cover as well! See you back here then!

Christmas Craft Link-Up with Bugs and Fishes!

If you were around Twitter or Instagram or probably all the other social networking machines at all yesterday, you might have noticed a flood of Christmas craft tutorials making the rounds – such as my own Retro Christmas Tree Mug Rug embroidery pattern and sewing tutorial! As I mentioned yesterday, that’s because Laura from Bugs and Fishes organized a whole mess of people to post a seasonal tutorial on the same day, to rejoice in surround sound crafty festiveness!

You should check out the rest of the tutorials, because there’s some seriously awesome stuff in there! I mean, dude, check it out:

Felt House Gift Tag Holder – I ManuFatti

Christmas Trinket Hoop Mobile – Carina’s Craft Blog

Felt Polar Bear Ornament – La Creature and You

Christmas Hoop – Claire Payne

Embroidered Christmas Mug Rug – Button Button (Me!)

Polymer Clay Star Ornaments – Saraccino

Knitted Christmas Stockings Garland – Knit Me a Cake

DIY Christmas Ribbon – Adventures & Tea Parties

Embroidered Mistletoe Ornament – Bugs and Fishes

Scented Salt Dough Ornaments – Retro Delicious

Crochet Christmas Tree Decorations – Homemade@MyPlace

Christmas Cross Stitch Raccoon Ornament – Hugs are Fun

Polymer Clay Christmas Tree – Little Creatures

Christmas Wish-List Felt Envelope – Jumbleberries

Felt Christmas Tree Toy – Pinwheels and Stories

Let it Snow Embroidery Pattern – A Little Happy Place

Festive Wanderers Embroidery Pattern – Unexpected Kitty

Festive Felt and Fabric Coasters – Betz White

Holiday Ribbon Pillow – Mrs. Saint Nick

Felt Gingerbread Man Gift Tag – Grace’s Favours

Crochet Christmas Star Jar Covers – Dinki Dots

Edible Christmas Ornaments – Hydrangea Girl

Cross Stitch Christmas Trees – Made by Mrs M

Secret Love Letter Christmas Gift Tag – Crafts of Texture

Applique Love Christmas Card – Halcyon Threads

Christmas Mini Mitts – The Crimson Rabbit

Felt Reindeer Ornament – Pickle-Lily

Christmas Carousel – Aura Verde Crafts

Embroidered Christmas Stocking Ornament – Cocojude

Stencilled Christmas Embroidery Hoop – Angharad

Such a fun idea! I hope you all enjoy my tutorial and all the others as well – see Laura’s original Link-Up Post on Bugs and Fishes and get crafting!

Retro Christmas Tree Mug Rug – Embroidery Pattern & Tutorial!

Retro Christmas Tree Mug Rug Tutorial!

YAY! I’m so excited to be taking part in Laura’s Christmas Craft Link-Up today! If you’ve never stopped by Bugs & Fishes, definitely check it out – Laura does such adorable things with felt and is an all-around crafty whiz, her blog is definitely worth adding to your reader!

Today I’m sharing a free embroidery pattern for a retro Christmas tree design. This tree is 100% based on a project from a 1965 issue of Stitchcraft magazine:

Retro Christmas Tree Mug Rug Tutorial!

I’ve always loved this design, it’s just so very 1950s/60s and I’ve always wanted to do something with it. I can’t take credit for its ridiculous cuteness at all – I just wanted to recreate it in a modern way. The embroidery pattern is what I wanted to share with you all, and it can be used in a zillion projects. I quite like how the original pattern repeated the motif on a table runner, so cute for a vintage-y Christmas dinner, and I have plans to stitch one up for a tree ornament. But today I’ll show you how to turn it into a mug rug – perfect for snuggling up with Christmas treats and a hot chocolate!


Vintage Sunday: Tacky Christmas Kittens!

Vintage Sunday: Tacky Christmas Kittens!

How amazing are these awful Christmas kittens panels?!?! There’s three of them but I do love this kittens-in-a-basket one the best. I mean, what’s more traditionally tacky than kittens in a basket!?

I snapped up these panels from the charity shop a few months ago for the back of my Christmas quilt:

Gigantic Scrappy Christmas Swoon! All ready to put together!

– if you haven’t already caught it on Flickr or Instagram. It’s one single gigantic (60″ square) Swoon block, all made from stash and scraps and just a few purchases to get enough of the right colors.

The top is all sewn now and I’m putting the back together from these ridiculous kittens, some of my low-volume scraps from the front, and that floral vintage sheet above – yes, it really is that bright! I love vintage sheets or fabric so much – and even better if there’s tacky cats involved!

A Very Special Gift

The Goodhart Samplers

I know it’s now mid-February, but I still want to share this very special Christmas present with you guys. I was given the extremely unexpected and generous Christmas gift of an Amazon gift certificate from some lovely friends. I was very moved by the gift because I had *absolutely* no idea it was coming and it arrived in the post on a really great day and it somehow made me feel like things were starting to come together for me.

The Goodhart Samplers

A lot to read into a gift certificate! Not to be too dramatic, it just felt really nice and was extremely appreciated. I wanted to pick something really special, something I would still have years and years from now and always remember that it was such a kind gift.

The Goodhart Samplers

The Goodhart Samplers by Dorothy Bromiley Phelan, Eva-Lotta Hansson, and Jacqueline Holdsworth (and published by the amazing Needleprint) is not an easy book to come by now and it took a while, but I managed to scoop up a ‘used’ (but looks barely touched!) copy via Amazon. It’s such an incredibly beautiful book, I can’t tell you how much I love it!

I’m extremely interested in samplers and the history of them, and the Goodhart collection is one the world’s largest. It’s got everything: band samplers, alphabet samplers, cross-stitch, canvas work, needlelace, darning … everything. The photography is crisp and clear like no other needlework book I’ve ever seen. You can see the thread of every stitch. It’s just remarkable, the whole thing.

The Goodhart Samplers

I could tell before I even opened it that this book will be an inspiration for years to come. I already have projects planned after just browsing its beautiful pages a few times. Thanks, friends, you rock!

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