Christmas stitching coming along nicely

I try to include one or two new Christmas designs in each month’s magazine during the run up to Christmas.  So far we’ve had a new deer head, Christmas dachsund and a collection of very festive looking pups …


I do think pale blue works well with Christmassy red and white – it’s a combination I used last year too, and it reappears in the design I was working on earlier today ….


Somehow cross stitch feels extra-Christmassy – I’m not sure why this should be?  I’ve stitched the word “NOEL” on 12 count aida and here you can see the letters laid out ready to assemble into the completed decoration.  I’ve also been doing some applique ….


It wouldn’t be Christmas without a nice fat pudding!!  Both these new patterns will be in the next issue of the magazine that’s published at the end of this month.  But I’m running ahead of myself – I wanted to tell you about the very talented maker we feature in this month’s issue .. Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs.

image2Claire told us that she originally began making her story boxes as a therapy for herself to help her cope when her father was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.  During this difficult period she began to escape into this miniature world of stories, of taking unwanted objects from different past lives, and combining them together to create something that contained a little piece of her.


I love the way Claire combines fabric, hand embroidery together with unloved, repurposed items to create something absolutely beautiful and entirely unique.  The image above was a commission she undertook some time ago, and that little dog is just perfect – at least I think so! You can find out more about Claire and see more of her work over on the Little Burrow Designs website.

And finally … I have added more printed hand embroidery panels to the Bustle & Sew store …..


Including another Christmas design – the Mistletoe Kisses hoop that featured in the September magazine.  Just CLICK HERE to see all currently availalble panels.

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