Sunday, 15 December 2013

A handmade Christmas

For the majority of us crafters out there Christmas gives us the perfect opportunity to make lots of nice things for OURSELVES! I look forward to the beginning of December as it means those special projects can come out of storage for a few weeks. Just the fact that you only see them for such a short period of time makes them all the more precious.

I would like to share some of my favourites from around my home. 

This cross stitch Christmas tree was in an old issue of Cross Stitcher magazine, issue 244 I think. I just love the combination of the deep red thread and the oatmeal Aida. Embroidery hoops have become my favourite way of displaying finished work. 

I can vividly remember stitching this up on a scotching day of our summer holiday in August last year! I was being super-organised ;) 

Another favourite that I made last Christmas is my embroidered Christmas tree hanging. 

It's not so clear but I've also sewn on some lovely sparkly sequins which twinkle in the Christmassy lights. I added a a patchwork border and quilted it too. (The actual embroidery pattern for the tree was one I found floating around on the internet somewhere.)

A new decoration which I've been making over the past few weeks is my crochet wreath. 

I had no idea how I would adorn it until the time actually came. I saw some mixed baubles in Asda which I knew would be perfect. I teamed the red, green and gold ones with a few lovely handmade pom-poms and ended up with a fab festive wreath! (I've still to hang it somewhere but at least it's finished!)

More crochet in the form of this super sweet mini stocking - 

Isn't it just adorable? The basic pattern is from here and I added a cute picot frilly edge. 

Most recently, over the weekend, I have just completed this little crochet holly heart. 

I can't seem to sit still in the evenings, I have to be making something! Although now I fear I don't actually have space for any more decorations!

Enjoy the festive period lovely followers and readers and we'll catch up in the New Year! 

P.S - Sorry for the uncentred photos - I've been using the Blogger app on my iPad and can't seem to centre them.  If anyone has any tips please share!