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Christmas 2016 stitching prezzies and mini prezzies

There’s nothing I like better than getting prezzies for Christmas that give me something to make during the next few months. This year, I was very fortunate to get a bumper crop of really lovely gifts that will keep me quiet for AGES!!!

The first is this wonderful book, ‘A Passion For Needlework‘, which is a new one from the publishers of Inspirations magazine, featuring lots of gorgeous embroidery ideas from various designers from all over the world.

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As with the Inspirations magazine itself, the book has the patterns for the designs printed on large sheets which are bound into the back of the book, for tracing onto your fabric.

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I love almost all of the designs, but this one, by Susan O’Connor, is my favourite – an Elizabethan-inspired panel of flowers, stitched mainly in satin stitch and long and short stitch on Duchess satin fabric. When complete, it measures about 10 inches by four.

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The original is stitched with Au Ver a Soie silk threads, but I think I’ll do a version in Anchor stranded cotton, as I have a full set of that already, and to buy all the threads needed as listed in the book would set me back about £80!

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I also got some miniature kits this year, as I’m starting to make two doll’s house shops (an announcement about a new blog for those will be made soon!).

One of the shops is going to be a toy shop, so I am going to need lots of tiny toys, to fill it. This is a 1:144 scale kit from Severn Models, made from brass sheet, with incredible detail. The sheet shown is about six inches by four. When assembled and painted, the house should look like the image that’s just beneath the brass sheet, on the flyer, and be about 2 1/2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. You can even get furniture to put inside it, but I think that’s taking things a bit too far!!

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I also got several kits from Tower House Dolls (who make dolls, obviously, but also many kinds of little toys – both finished and as kits). This is a kit to make a Punch and Judy theatre, with scenery and metal puppets too. It’s about four inches high when finished.

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This kit is to make four pull-along toys on wheels.

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And this kit is to make a toy theatre with Alice in Wonderland characters, which fit in the little drawer in the base.

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These are the characters – and yes, they do all fit in a match box! The tiny silver thing in the top right of the match box is a collection of little magnets, and one will be glued to the base of each character, so that when they are set on the stage, which has a magnetic sheet under it, the characters will stay put. Clever, eh?

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This little kit was suggested to me by someone on Facebook, who reads this blog, and knows that I love making Victoria Sampler’s Gingerbread Village buildings. When she came across this kit by Sakoran, she told me, and of course I had to let Santa know that it should be added to my wishlist! It’s to make a tiny gingerbread house, less than two inches long, to hang on the Christmas tree. It’s stitched in cross stitch, with French knots and whipped backstitch for the gingerbread details.

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One more present completes my haul for 2016 – a pair of fluffy socks called HotSox, which you heat up in the oven or microwave, and has little beads inside which hold the heat so that your feet don’t get cold. Whenever I sit and stitch in the evenings, my feet get really cold as I’m sitting still for too long, so my husband thought these might help  🙂 They are so cosy…the only problem is you can’t actually walk in them, which takes a bit of remembering! And they look a bit daft, but I’ve got to the age where I don’t really care about that. I just want to be comfy, and these are incredibly comfy!

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Have a stitchy Christmas!!

I want to thank all those of you who follow my blog, and who keep me motivated throughout the year to keep embroidering. If I didn’t have this blog to post on, I’m sure I wouldn’t get half the needlepoint and stumpwork stitching done that I do! I love reading your comments about the things I post here – keep them coming in 2016!

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I hope you all have a great Christmas, and that Santa brings you lots of stitchy things  🙂

Merry Christmas to all stitchers!

For everyone who reads my blog – I hope you all have a great Christmas, and that Santa brings you lots of stitchy things…..kits, fabric, threads, books, accessories ….  anything would do, wouldn’t it?! It all contributes to the stitching stash  🙂

Christmas in the doll’s house nursery

2012 Last Posting Dates for Christmas – order your miniature needlepoint gifts in time!

A Christmas tree skirt measuring four inches across, stitched on 32 count silk gauze

Depending where in the world you need parcels sent to, there’s still a couple of weeks left to order your miniature needlepoint gifts from my website, and have them delivered in time for Christmas. The dates listed below take into consideration the fact that it can take a couple of days for your parcel to be made up and posted (so, these dates listed here are two days ‘earlier’ for each category than those shown on the Royal Mail website).

For parcels addressed to these locations, please order by these dates at the latest:

United Kingdom – Thursday 15th December
Western Europe – Saturday 10th December
USA, Canada and Eastern Europe – Wednesday 7th December
Far East, Australasia, Rest of World – Saturday 3rd December

There are many kits and charts on my website suitable for all levels of stitcher – from beginner to advanced. You can either give the items as a kit / chart for the recipient to make up themselves, or, if they don’t  ‘do’ stitching, maybe make it up yourself and give it as a finished item. Items such as doll’s house scale cushions, samplers and footstools can be stitched in a couple of evenings, for instance.

A doll's house scale dining chair in a design called 'Alice (green)', three and a half inches high

'Home Sweet Home' sampler , stitched on 28 count evenweave

Tiny tea cosies, stitched on 32 count silk gauze

Have a look in the Online Shop now, to choose from over 170 designs – there are kits for all kinds of doll’s house embroidery – from bellpulls to carpets, Christmas stockings to dining chairs, all in one twelfth scale (one inch to one foot).

Remember that, for items ordered via the website, p&p is free, worldwide, on orders of 10 GBP or over (under 10 GBP, there is a flat rate charge of 1.25 GBP per order).