Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Christmas Stitching

Today is one of those days when I'm in the middle of so many different projects that every available surface - my desk, the sofa, the coffee table, the floor - is covered in pattern pieces and bits of felt and templates and half-stitched projects. Fun, but slightly chaotic!

Here's just one of the things I'm working on today: starting some Christmas embroidery.


Fancy getting your own Christmas craft on?

You'll find these embroidery patterns plus many more free festive craft projects here.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Felt-o-ween: a Very Special Giveaway!

To celebrate the publication of Lark Books' awesome new Halloween craft book, Felt-o-ween* I've got a copy to give away!


(* Okay so I'm a teeny bit biased as there are eight projects by me in the book but it is such a fun book with a ton of cute projects to stitch! If you love felt crafting + cute stuff + Halloween then you're going to love this book!).

But that's not all, oh no. The lucky winner will also win a copy of two other holiday-themed felt books from Lark: Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays...

 
  
... and the "Devil-Made-Me-Do-It" pincushion that I made for Felt-o-ween.


Just leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win! 

Leave your comment before 10pm on Tuesday 7th October, and I'll pick the winner at random on Wednesday 8th October. I'll then post the pincushion myself and pass the winner's address along so the books can be posted to them.

Please make sure you leave a name or pseudonym (no anonymous comments please!) and leave a blog link, Twitter username, Etsy username or email address so I can contact you. This giveaway is open internationally. Yay!

If I'm unable to contact the winner within a week, I will pick someone else. If you're leaving a comment with your Blogger profile, please remember that you need to have your profile set to public & to have a contact email visible for me to be able to get in touch with you.

Felt-o-ween is published by Lark Books. It's available from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble and many other bookshops.

P.S. The Amazon and Book Depository links in this post are affiliate links.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Bits & Pieces This Week

This week I worked on a couple of projects that left these pretty felt & fabric scraps...


I spotted my second book for sale over at The Book People at a seriously bargainous price (wowzers!) ...

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=504784&storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&searchTerm=super+cute+felt+&filters=9books

I was majorly tempted by the clearance sale section at New House Textiles - especially these fab designs by Charlotte Farmer. I have resisted so far but aargh, those corgis are just so great...

http://www.newhousetextiles.co.uk/section/317/1/clearancehttp://www.newhousetextiles.co.uk/section/317/1/clearance

And I was delighted to see this blog post by Aimee Ray about her new book, Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif collection which a) looks lovely and b) includes a couple of projects stitched by me! :)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/145470859X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=145470859X&linkCode=as2&tag=bugandfis-21&linkId=2S7NZTX5BS6GUUIE

I can't wait to get hold of my contributor copy! Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection is out now and available from Amazon UK, Amazon USA and many other bookshops.

Please note: the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Book Review: Woodland Knits

Time for a book review! Now the autumn has arrived I'm thinking about knitting projects, so today I'm reviewing Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen.


Stephanie designs and sells knitting patterns under the name Tiny Owl Knits, and some of her most popular patterns are included in this book along with (I think) new ones designed specially for it. I'm (sloooowly!) working on a project using one of Stephanie's patterns, and it is a) adorable and b) really easy to follow, so I was was really excited to see this book.

Woodland Knits contains 21 patterns "inspired by faerie tales and the spirit of the woodland", with accessories ranging from hoods and hats to fingerless gloves and scarves to crowns and fairy wings.

 

The design of the book itself is quite lovely, with lots of shot-on-location-in-the-woods photos and pages framed by patterns of leaves, and the introductory text for each design is sweet, charming and whimsical.

For example: "The Dragon Watcher's Hood will keep you warm while you wait for dragons to appear. It is fitted with three tiny bells in case the dragons you meet get feisty. Dragons love music so when you encounter one, just ring the tassel bells to relax them. Once the dragons are relaxed they'll protect you forever and always toast your marshmallows to perfection." Cute, huh?


There's a list of knitting abbreviations included at the start of the book but no how to guide: you need to come to this with some knitting skills already mastered, but there are a couple of beginner-friendly designs included (the projects are marked with one, two or three owls to rate the difficulty level).


The designs are cute, quirky and girly - accessories for ladies who want to add some fun, magic and charm to their everyday wardrobe.


Many of the accessories would make great gifts,  like the deer hat on the front cover, this lovely birch tree scarf...

 

... and this adorable fox stole:

 

My favourite design in the book? This awesome (and super cosy-looking) bear jumper: 

 

Now, I have to admit that there are many designs in this book which I would never make for myself - they are a bit too quirky for me (my wardrobe is quite boring!) - but this is a really beautiful book.

The knits are all lovely, with a broad mix of different accessories included. Stephanie's enthusiasm for her designs and her woodland theme really shines through and the book itself is gorgeously put together.

If you've oohed over the pics in this post and fancy adding some whimsical knits to your wardrobe this winter then Woodland Knits would be a great addition to your bookshelves!

Woodland Knits is published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd. RRP £14.99. It's available from Amazon UK, Amazon USA and many other bookshops.

[Disclosure: Quadrille sent me a free review copy of this book and the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links]

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