What Are You Stitching?

1st October 2021

Now that we’ve mentioned the word ‘Christmas’, we feel that we should keep the momentum building. Some stitchers leave their Christmas stitching right up to the night before the big day, while others like to stitch Christmas projects all year. 

We have received some lovely Christmas projects from our readers over the past few months, so now seems like the perfect time to showcase them. Just see if the Christmas spirit doesn’t start growing in you after you’ve enjoyed these festive wonders…

Helen Sargent

‘My stitching journey started with my Grandma and a primary school teacher, both of whom encouraged my interest. I used to stay at my Grandma’s house for an occasional weekend and she soon cottoned on that I would sit quietly and sew!’

‘My primary school teacher was into textile art and I was encouraged to try out whatever interested me. In my final year we had to do a project on Elizabeth the First and I was allowed to make a fabric collage of one of her portraits. I just like making things and being creative, be it pre-designed kits or my own designs. 

I love trying new techniques and that is what has inspired me to try some of the designs from Inspirations magazine. I have just finished the Trish Burr blue and white Christmas tree O, Tannenbaum from issue #108 as I haven’t done any whitework before.’

You’ve done a lovely job Helen, we hope you enjoyed stitching this piece. It has clearly allowed you to add a new skill to your repertoire and judging by the quality of the finished piece, you’ve mastered it beautifully!

Kathleen Weston

‘I haven’t been stitching much recently, but I have been beading. As long as I’m doing one or the other, I’m happy!’

‘Here are three beaded ornaments designed by Cindy Hambrick.’

Thanks Kathleen – it’s always a joy to see what fabulous projects you have been working on and as long as what you are doing is making you happy, that is all that matters! Your decorations are going to look wonderful on the Christmas tree this year.

Arke Lopez

‘These are two gingerbread houses I made from a design by The Victoria Sampler in Canada. The original pattern was all stitched with only a few coloured buttons attached that I did not feel made the house, and all the hard work, stand out. Instead, I sourced all sorts of beads to make it look more like a gingerbread house full of candy, including a Santa with reindeer on the roof! I made one for me and one for my best friend.’

These are fantastic houses that are filled with glorious details, Arke. You’ve done an amazing job creating them and we adore all the creative embellishments you added. They look good enough to eat!

Do you love to stitch anything Christmassy, whatever time of year it is? Do you have a specific date on which you start your Christmas stitching? Or do you avoid anything to do with Christmas, preferring to stitch projects that will last the whole year around?

Whatever it is you like to stitch, we’d like to see it. Send us a picture of your work with a bit of information about the project and your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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