What Are You Stitching?
22nd September 2023
To coincide with the release of The Design Collective | Christmas, we’re continuing with the festivities by sharing some of the projects we have received from stitchers creating Christmas magic one stitch at a time.
‘This is a piece I did in 1999 that I have displayed for Christmas every year since. It’s a favourite with my grandchildren. I was told by one of my little grandsons he likes it because it shows Santa at home taking care of all his ‘pets’ after all his hard work delivering presents.’
Pat, an immaculately stitched project that we’ve no doubt has become a family heirloom. Also, we love his thread strand beard!
‘I made this Robin in January 2012 as an antidote to ‘post Christmas blues’! He is an amalgamation of all the robins on the cards we had received that Christmas.
The background is wet felted organic merino tops and the Robin himself is needlefelted from sheep’s wool, the palette achieved from hand blending various colours.’
‘Of course, he had to have a padded festive frame, which I made from a fat quarter I picked up from a local fabric and craft warehouse. We are only a small market town so we are very lucky to have this shop in our midst. The Robin has pride of place on the wall every Christmas now.’
Your robin is positively charming, Ann! The colours you have created with wool really bring the piece to life. What a pleasure it must be to unpack each year to display for the festive season.
‘I have been doing punch needle for a few years now. We have a wonderful source for patterns, etc. from Three Sheep Studio in Pennsylvania, USA. This piece is Father Christmas sewn to a piece of wool and mounted to a cutting board from one of my favourite aunts.’
‘I love that it hangs in my kitchen, I think of her whenever I look at it. Punch needle is very relaxing and a nice change of pace from embroidery. There are so many applications for a finished piece. I would encourage anyone to give it a try.’
What a wonderful way to mount your project and repurpose the cutting board from your aunt, Peggy. We’re so glad you are enjoying punch needling and that you have created a truly unique piece that reminds you of your loved ones – all year round!
Do you have a stash of Christmas projects that are brought out for display each year? Are your festive projects stitched for yourself or others? Have you had a go at punch needle embroidery?
Whatever you are stitching, we’d love to see it! Email photos of what you’ve created with needle and thread along with a few details about your stitching journey to firstname.lastname@example.org