#stitchingsanta · Christmas

Stitching Santa – part 2 (The Reveal)

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I kept my #stitchingsanta parcel until late on Christmas day when our guests had left or gone to bed so I could enjoy all its loveliness in peace.

My Santa was  the super talented Margaret who blogs at thecraftycreek.com

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my parcel even had a button tag

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pretty fabric, lace, ribbon and beads

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felt heart, a cute pin cushion

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a fat quarter of bee fabric, flower pins and buttons

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and a very pretty fabric covered notebook.

Thank you Santa  for the lovely gifts!!

 

Bags · Christmas · Sewing

Stitching Santa 2017 – part 1

Once again this year I joined in with #stitchingsanta very kindly organised by Shelia who blogs  at Sewchet  Being even more unorganised than usual in the run up to Christmas I didn’t get round to blogging about presents I gifted.  My recipient was Nikki, who does lovely embroidery and blogs at Sewingnikki.

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My parcel contained two large pieces of 18 count Aida, a selection of threads

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Three wooden hoops

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A little bird needle threader/cutter and vintage style tin

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Fat quarter  and some lace

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I made a  small project bag, a drawstring bag in Downton Abbey fabrics with a large base, which I hope will be useful.

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I hope she received the parcel  and likes the contents!

Christmas · Uncategorized

#Stitching Santa

This year  I again joined in with the Stitching Santa, organised by the amazing Sheila who blogs at Sewchet

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I found it quite difficult to decide what to send my recipient, but finally settled on two 1960’s vintage patterns, a vintage buckle, Wendy Ward MIY sewing tool, a quilted needlebook and mini stocking tree decoration.

 

 

I really hope it arrived ok  and she liked it.

I was really lucky with the stitching santa I received from Corrrine at  Applebymakes

I have already taped together the Molly top pattern and sewn it up with the jersey fabric included in my parcel.

Thank you Corrine

 

Christmas · crochet

Christmas Gifts

I didn’t make many gifts this year just 4 quilted stockings, large versions of the mini stocking I put in my #StitichingSanta.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERABut for some reason I manged to make 3 stocking with the toe pointing to the left and 1 pointing right!PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

For my Dad who is 92 and spends lots of time sitting, an armchair tidy, so he can keep his glasses, magnifying glass and remote control all with in easy reach.  I didn’t use a pattern and just guessed the measurements.

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Two  pavement infinity scarfs  from  fiber flux my first endeavors with Crochet.  I found a downloadable label here, which has space to add the washing instructions and backed on some scrapbook paper.

I definitely need to be more organised and start my Christmas gift making  earlier, I think this every year, it never happens!!

 

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#StitchingSanta – Revealed

First I must say a big thanks to Shelia who blogs at Sewhet.com for organising #StitchingSanta.

Its been a large part my Christmas this year, deciding on the gifts I would send, remembering to post it and then the excitement of receiving and opening my parcel. buttonsewingsantaMy recipient was Pippa who blogs at BeadsandBarnacles and shares her blog with her sister Nikki.  I had not come across Pippa’s blog before, but from stalking her blog posts I discovered she is a sailor of tall ships who loves ballroom dancing and creative crafts.

I struggled a bit with what to make but eventually decided on useful bits and pieces

I made a holder/keeper for a small pair of silver embroidery scissors.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAand a matching mouse pin cushion.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAA mini quilted Christmas stocking.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

Quilting clips in a small handmade gift box.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAA couple of fat quarters and lace trim.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAbag handles.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAand some nautical buttons, glass headed pins and some Christmas ribbon.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAAll packed up, off it went.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

And I received from my #StitchingSanta  from Camilla at Making and marking. I completely forgot to take any photos of the parcel before I opened it, but inside I found….PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA Camillia was so right about me a (shirt dress loving bag maker) with these two patterns. The shirt dress is definitely in my sewing plans for the new year!PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAA lovely fat quarter.PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA

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A lace zip and ribbon

and last but not least 4 beautifully made Christmas  coasters. Thank you very much  Camilla my #stitchingsanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas · Sewing

#Stitchingsanta Update

Yesterday I rushed out of work in the pouring rain and posted my #stitchingsanta, I’m pleased and relieved its gone and on its way!

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I have really enjoyed putting together my parcel, although I am a bit worried about the contents, my Stitching Santa  recipient gives very little away about her sewing interests, so fingers crossed I have got it right!

Without revealing too much have sneaky look in side the box

Not much to see…… you will just have to wait until the 25th December!

 

Christmas · Fabric shopping · Gardens

Cornwall & Christmas

Although this is supposed to be a blog about sewing lately not much sewing has been blogged about.  I have been sewing but don’t seem to have actually finished anything!

So instead I thought I would show you  some pictures of Cornwall.  We spent last week enjoying a relaxing short break in Cornwall.  We were lucky to have wonderful warm sunny weather, amazing for the time of year.

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Robin at Lanhydrock
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Mevagissey harbour
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Lanhydrock

We stayed closed to Trago Mills, if you have never been to a Trago Mills store ( I think there are 3 in Devon/ Cornwall) its a very strange sort of bargain shop and some of the things they sell are of questionable taste, but the fabric department is pretty good with a good range of Christmas fabric.

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I bought a selection, its polycotton, so not expensive, but I think its good enough for what I have in mind.

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I have made a start on my Christmas sewing projects, I am trying really hard to be organised this year and not be sewing presents at the last minute.

Can you guess what its going to be?

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What happened to December? – part 1

I don’t quite know what happened to December, having been struck down by  nasty cold/cough virus in mid December, I recovered enough to have a busy weekend of sewing and cooking just before Christmas before getting another bout on Christmas Eve!  What I have learnt is complete all Christmas projects and gifts in November, if not earlier.

Before being ill hubby and I left the shire for a trip to London, not somewhere we go often, in fact we couldn’t remember when we last went, the highlight of the day for me was a visit to Liberty of London and especially the haberdashery department.

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It is a beautiful building with many interesting departments, but very busy the day we went.

Hubby treated me to these two useful little things.

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