What I got for Christmas this year…..

Santa always brings me something for my hobby each Christmas. That’s because I always help Santa out by leaving little hints around the place about what I’d like  🙂

Xmas 1

This year, I got this wonderful table lamp. Well, this is the box it came in, obviously! But I thought it might help to show the box, as there are several lamps on the market that look similar.

Xmas 2

I wanted a lamp with an attached magnifier, and this was about the only affordable one I could find. The magnifier can be removed if required.

Xmas 3

The part with the fluorescent tube in unfolds from the upright housing (and that’s what makes the light come on – there is no on/off switch), and can be tilted to shine the daylight bulb in exactly the direction that you need.

Xmas 4

There’s an attachment for keeping scissors, pens, etc., that hooks onto the back of the lamp – or rather it should, only on the one that I have, the lugs are too big, so it doesn’t quite fit properly yet, and so the lugs will need a bit of filing down!

Xmas 5

The lamp costs between £32 and £40, depending where you buy it from. My one came from Siesta’s own website.

It’s really lovely to use, and the light is a good bright ‘cool’ / daylight one, so I can now easily stitch in the evening, when I don’t want to use my tapestry frame with attached light by Stitchmaster.

My other present on an embroidery theme is this beautiful book by Jane Nicholas, called ‘Stumpwork butterflies and moths’. It’s the third in the series (the previous ones were on beetles and dragonflies). I’m usually not that keen on insects, but butterflies are so pretty, I can *almost* forget that they’re insects!

Xmas 6

The book covers the background of butterflies in art and science, including explaining how people used to collect them for displaying in glass cases. Most of the book is given over to how to make an embroidered version of  such a case. There are 18 different butterflies to make, using many different techniques.

Xmas 7

The beginning of the book features images taken from old books, jewellery, etc.

Xmas 8

As well as the butterfly display case project, there are four smaller projects using butterflies taken from the earlier part of the book, and used in other ways, such as this pretty ceramic jar lid.

Xmas 9

As usual. Jane’s instructions are really good, and very detailed, with dozens and dozens of line drawings and photos.

Xmas 10

I was so taken with the book, that I spent a good part of Christmas Day afternoon online, sourcing the fine wires (33 gauge, usually used in sugarcraft) and chenille thread that I’ll need in order to make these. This particular butterfly is my favourite, and I want to make this first:

Xmas 11

I’m quite tempted to make all 18 butterflies eventually, but I think I’ll start with just the one, and work out what to do with it once it’s made!

This book is well worth buying – it’s so beautiful to look at, even if you never make anything from it. If you have a little embroidery experience you would have no trouble making the projects in the book. It’s available from Amazon, etc., and costs around £19 hardback. Published by Sally Milner Publishing. ISBN 978-1863514521

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6 thoughts on “What I got for Christmas this year…..

  1. angeliqueminiatures

    What a gorgeous book! I was planning to put some butterflies, bees and dragonflies on my embroidery in the future so I shall probably buy both of Jane’s books. Thank you for sharing this on your blog. Bye the way, thank you also for following my blog 🙂

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  2. Catherine

    I have Jane’s books too and absolutely love them! Her stitching is just impeccable, and the designs gorgeous. I can’t wait to see your butterfly! Thanks for the handy review on the light and magnifier. Would you say it is ‘travel friendly’? I’m looking for something that I can easily squeeze into my luggage when travelling that folds up neatly!

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    1. Janet Granger Post author

      Hi Catherine – the light is travel friendly if you unscrew the magnifier and wrap it in bubble wrap! Otherwise, it would be a bit of a liability whilst travelling, I should think. And if you’re going to travel abroad, then you’d need an adapter for the socket (it doesn’t run off batteries, only the mains). The main part of the light does fold up neatly, so the bulb part would be well protected whilst travelling.

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