A couple of months ago I started the embroidery for this project - the pattern is "Christmas Collage" by the Australian designer Gail Pan. I'd stitched the hand embroidery using a spool of varigated Valdani perle thread (shade M57) from the Cross Patch Favouites collection. I deliberated over what trimmings and ribbons to use for embellishment, so put it to one side waiting for inspiration. I've felt overwhelmed this week with work and life in general so today I've shut myself in my sewing studio and spent a couple of hours finishing this project. And I'd finally made a decision about those embellishments...
...and so here's the finished project. The stitchery panel has been machine appliqued and embellished with some ric-rac, vintage lace, buttons, jingley-jangley bells and gingham ribbon. I even raided my pantry for some cinnamon sticks! I covered a piece of thick card with wadding, then covered the wadding with the embellished fabric. I've used a very plain white frame from Hobbycraft, and it will be all ready to display in a week or so when we put the Christmas decorations up!
Ohhhhh I was nearly giddy when I arrived home from work yesterday evening and opened a little parcel from Cross Patch - these gorgeous variegated Cottage Garden Threads were inside my parcel, and they really are wonderful for hand embroidery. These are from the Vintage Sewing Club, and each month I've received a pattern and 4 skeins of thread. The colours are beautiful - Vintage Rose, Mapel, Heliotrope and Bluegrass. These will be added to my CGT collection - my thread box is almost bursting at the seams!
I've had a very creative day today at KIS Quilting Ltd with Alex Waylett making fabric boxes and festive cards. This has been so much fun! The morning was spent layering fabrics and lots of machine embroidery to make a large piece that we could then trim to make some cards - these were then embellished with some bling. The afternoon was spent making these gorgeous fabric boxes, which where trimmed with some cord in a contrasting colour. I shall definitely make more of these!
Are any of you taking part in this BOM by Buttermilk Basin? It's the Thimble Blossoms BOM, and uses lots of appliqu to make 12 beauiful blocks. When the ladies at me local quilt shop, KIS Quilting Ltd in Ipswich showed me the pattern, I knew I couldn't resist it! They've now made some beautiful kits, and I collected mine today. It won't be started just yet as I'm way behind on a few festive stitching projects (where oh where has the time gone to?) and I need to finish a couple of other things first, so it's going to be a 2020 project along with several others!
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