It's that time of year again. Halloween has just past and Christmas is looming on the horizon (and Thanksgiving is just a few days away for my American readers). Don't get me wrong: I love Christmas, but I'm always stitching down to the last minute creating my gifts. To help you avoid this situation, I've included a list of easy projects that are great for giving - and you've still got lots of time to get them done!
If you love hand embroidery, try these quick gifts:
This is a FREE pattern from Chatterbox Quilts and can be used to create a pincushion, ornament (add a hanging ribbon), shelf sitter or sachet (add your favourite potpourri). If you'd like to have complete instructions on doing the embroidery stitches in this project and see how to create it, just enrol in my Curious class, Hand Embroidery Essentials. Click here for a 20% discount on the course now.
Snowflake Brrr! is another frosty seasonal design that makes a quick ornament or is great just placed into an embroidery hoop for a quick and fun wall decoration. You can find this FREE Chatterbox Quilts' pattern on our store.
Our Christmas Stitchery Set and Winter Stitchery Set each include three little designs that can be used for a variety of projects. Stitch up all three patterns, add sashing between each of them, border them all and you have the perfect wall hanging. Better yet - buy both sets and then create a small quilt or wall hanging using all six designs.
If you need a gift for a little one or baby, Screech, Hoot and Whoobie would be perfect. These little stuffed toys use hand embroidery for embellishment, so there aren't any buttons or pieces that might fall off or be a danger to the under 3 year-old group. I just like them because they make cute shelf sitters in my studio.
Don't know how to hand embroidery? No problem! Enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials to learn all about the tools you'll need, thread choices and how to create simple embroidery stitches. We'll even create the Flourishing Heart pincushion/ornament together.
Next time I'll have some quilted project ideas that make great gifts.