Embroidery: Christmas Table Crafting

Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas Day! Here are a few pics of my table cloth and napkin embroidery (which I finally finished on the 23rd – phew!). All patterns are from the excellent Doodle Stitching the Holiday Motif Collection book, which is really great value for money for anyone who likes to embroider for occasions.

Doodle Stitching Tablecloth
Doodle Stitching Tablecloth
Doodle Stitching Tablecloth
Doodle Stitching Tablecloth
Doodle Stitching Tablecloth
Doodle Stitching Tablecloth
Doodle Stitching Tablecloth

 

It feels odd to think it’s all over and done with now, but I am looking forward to a new year full of sewing and craftiness and fun. Wishing you all the best in 2015 from Stitch Towers.

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Christmas Sewing, Embroidery and a Double Craft Book Giveaway!

Hello there!

Apologies for the silence the last couple of months but my work load has been off the charts both in my full time job and my copy writing freelancing, but the good news is I am now free to sew and craft!

First off, I have picked the gorgeous fabric for my dress and riffled through my vintage patterns to find this stunning late 50s dress.

I’ll be making the pencil dress version, I would love to make the overskirt but I think it’s a little too fussy for the works christmas do.

The fabric is a gorgeous retro christmas pattern and the gold is metallic so shines beautifully under the light.

Only worry is matching the pattern but I have a good 4 metres so fingers crossed it wont be too much trouble, any advice gratefully received though – please comment below!

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Secondly, I purchased the fabulous Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection, which is just AMAZING. I can’t recommend enough to any Christmas crafters out there!

I have already traced some patterns for the tablecloth and napkins I’m working on for Christmas day. Updates to follow soon!

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Thirdly, and finally, I am giving away two Christmas craft books this year:

Fa la la la Felt  and Make Me, I’m Yours: Christmas – to enter simply comment below, or retweet the below tweet.

The winner will be announced on 1st December, giveaway closes on the 30th November midday (UK time)!

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make me I'm yours christmas

Embroidery: Wild Olive Spring Stitching Project Quilt

I’ve been a huge fan of Wild Olive for years and have downloaded (and embroidered) a fair few of the free patterns but this year I decided to give her Spring Stitching Club a go. It was a very important little chap’s first birthday coming up and when I saw the preview of the club I just knew that I had to start this project for Noah.

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In total this project has taken me around four months and it has had to have been very hush hush because I really wanted it to be a surprise, hence the lack of posts and updates. There might have been a few days where here and there I’ve posted a hexagon on my Instagram but nothing massive.
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It was fun to make but not leaving myself a good and proper few weeks at the end and the amount of hand sewing it took to do meant that even the day before I was up at the crack of dawn getting it finished. But boy oh boy when I finally did, I was so happy with how it came out. Hopefully it’ll be something that will bring comfort and joy for many a year to come. My only regret is that some of he edges weren’t as well finished as I would have liked, but you live and learn and the Strong family were very pleased.
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Oh and we even made Noah’s cake (baked by me, decorated by Tim).

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We had the best time at his birthday party and I can;t quite believe that this little ray of sunshine is one already, where did the last year go?! Happy Birthday Noah!

 

 

Wee Little Stitches: Tim the Enchanter & Scrambling for Tim’s Birthday

One of the first things I said when I was first introduced to my future husband 12 years ago was “there are some who call me…….Tiiiiiiiim?”, which of course I thought was hilarious.

No one else really got it, apart from Tim of course.

So it seemed only fitting that I made him a little cross stitch Tim the Enchanter using a Wee Little Stitches pattern.

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If you’re not au fait with Monty Python see the clip below:

He was made up with it.

 

On Sunday, after brekkie and card/present opening we went off to Yorkshire and I climbed up a waterfall.

I am usually such a scaredy-cat when it comes to things like this BUT I am trying my best to be more brave, as if there ever will be a little one of us running about I really don’t want to pass my silly irrational fears onto them.

So off I scrambled and I felt all sorts of fear, but conquer it I did, and up the waterfall I went.

A few pics from our aventures below. Happy Birthday to my lovely, wonderful soul-mate Timothy

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Happy birthday Tim – I was all brave for you! Xx


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Wee Little Stitches: Dumbledore

If you haven’t seen the lovely designs from Wee Little Stitches where have you been? The’re a perfect mix of geek and cross stitch and I absolutely adore them.

When I found out my friend was expecting and I saw their fantastic Dumbledore pattern I just knew I had to make it as a present. Harry Potter is something that is very close to both of us and we have shared experiences of, we lived together for a while and we queued up to get our books at the midnight openings in Waterstones then raced to finsih them at home.

I think the quote says it all really. Congratulations Gillibrands can’t wait til your over from Aus so I can meet the ankle-biter, massive loves and fan hands 😀

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Dumbledore big close up

 

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