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Although most of the Christmas decorations are away in attics and the sales are drawing to a close, I had just enough Christmas spirit left in me to make these five stockings. I have so much in my To Make list this year that I just can’t fit in the quilts I’d like to make for a couple of babies due soon. Instead I’ve made them each a Christmas stocking with red deer on them, and once I know their names, I’ll embroider their initial on as well.

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I also made another polar bear and a wee curled-up arctic fox.

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These are my own designs so will be for sale in about 11 months’ time! I also recycled an accidentally felted jumper of Sol’s and used it for the three hearts on the final stocking.

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This one I’m less pleased with; it looks rather twee, but then again stockings are for children so can afford some twee! All of the animal stockings will eventually be finished with cream pom pom trim around the opening. I’ve attempted three visits to my local sewing shop to buy the trim and each time it has been closed- very frustrating when I’m trying to support my high street and it stubbornly refuses to be open at quite logical times of day!

I am continuing to plough on with a knitterly Christmas present, which at this rate may become a birthday (in September…) gift, argh! Also in the pipeline is a nautical baby quilt, which I hope to order fabric for soon and post some pictures of my ideas for it. So much to make! It’s lots of fun, even if the pace is at times frustrating!

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A few more crafty projects for Christmas time (that is to say the ones in time for Christmas; there was one that didn’t make it and will have to be a new year’s present… or perhaps spring…)

Lavender pouches, a satisfying way to use really nice small bits of fabric:

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A fleece lining for Sol’s ‘itchy’ hat:

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And a stocking for Otis. Not enough thick felt for the whole stocking, like Sol’s, but a lovely herringbone wool tweed instead.

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I had intended to draw a new animal -I had thought a pointy little Arctic fox would suit- but I just plain old ran out of time, and reached instead for the Clare Youngs reindeer template.

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I used a scrap from this year’s advent calendar fabric for the trim. I’m pleased: it’s similar to Sol’s but also quite different, and I hope Otis likes it.

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We’re away with family until the end of next week… I wish you all a very happy and peaceful holiday!



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After some deliberation, I ordered my three fabric choices for this year’s advent calendars. I used Laughing Hedgehog (daft name, good site) and even with the usually slower free delivery, it all arrived very speedily.

This year I chose a really traditional, Nordic-y one:

A vintage-looking rusty red and cream:

And a really pretty, folky one with rabbits, deer, mushrooms… it’s a magical Christmas!

Decorations continue apace, too:

As you can see I was somewhat… constrained in my photography. I thought I had chosen an unreachable surface, but he appears to have grown a cm or two! And I had about 3 seconds to take the photos before everything ended up on the less than spotless (ahem) floor.

He was very pleased. I had to laugh and remember this photo- Sol was about 6 months older, to be fair, but still. How can my two children be so different?!

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After Rowan’s big Clare Youngs-style reindeer, I used the remaining felt to make a stocking for Sol. This time, the design is mine, albeit influenced by the reindeer. He saw it in progress and was so excited, although he did have to ask what the creature was a few times (I hope because he is unfamiliar with polar bears rather than because it is unrecognisable?!) I must admit it felt so lovely to make something for my own child- and I am ashamed that this is the first proper thing. I have left it out for him to find when he comes down in the morning. Not enough felt for Otis this year, but I’m sure he won’t mind…

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I made three of these, in two sizes, last year, as well as a green one with a white embroidered snowflake on it. The reindeer is a Clare Youngs design. I just used your normal acrylic craft felt, which is cheap, widely available and easy to work with. But this year, when asked if I would make one for a friend’s baby, I thought I’d splash out on some 100% wool felt. Oli says it looks like toast! Fat and cosy, it is just so beautiful. I’m going to make one for  Sol too (there isn’t enough felt for Otis but at 6 months I don’t think he’ll mind too much!) and can’t wait; it’s a pleasure to work with. From Blooming Felt.

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Oh dear, tumbleweed blog… blame the Easter holidays, which have seen us doing a tour of the central belt in order to visit as many people as possible before baby 2 arrives! Apologies for the lack of activity. I have been sewing still, although the pace dropped somewhat when we were away- back in action now though! Here are the fabrics I have bought for this year’s advent calendars:

They are, from the top, Dala Horse which is my self-indulgent folky one, a fabric as close to last year’s red floral as I could find, the cherry colourway of It’s A Hoot Spot (I liked the yellow one on the elephant quilt so much) and a green Scandinavian snowflake print which was rather pricey as it uses very environmentally friendly dyes and is organic and an all-singing, all-dancing sort of fabric! The snowflakes do look bluey but they are a deep forest green; it just mustn’t photograph well as they look blue on the Fabric Rehab site too. All from Fabric Rehab bar the red floral, from The Laughing Hedgehog (odd name but good fabric choice and free delivery too, marvellous).

I think they will all look really Christmassy but in different ways- fokly, retro, traditional and more clean-cut. I plan to have red pockets for the decorations on the green snowflake fabric one which will be a nice change. One of my commissions is the traditional deep red floral fabric and I have enough of that for two calendars. I have just received another commission and await the fabric choice!

I’ve done a few more decorations as well:

The smallest Russian doll is underway and will hopefully join her big sisters in the bag tonight!

And just so you don’t think I’ve only made a measly four decorations:

Each calendar will have two doves, facing each other. Well, it is ‘two turtle doves’ in the carol after all and besides, one looked a bit lonely…


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Things are coming along nicely with my current baby quilt and as I know it’s not a surprise gift for the couple in question I have decided to post a few photos as I go along, to save you all from endless pictures of fabric I like! As I think I’ve mentioned already, the brief was a unisex quilt featuring thistles and daffodils as the upcoming baby will be of Scottish and Welsh parentage. I was also told that the mum-to-be loves elephants and that the dad-to-be loves cycling. So I came up with a very simple, Scandinavian inspired design of two elephants, each carrying a flower, on a red background and with a sky blue sawtooth edge. The detail and depth will come from the quilted outlines of the elephants getting wider and wider. (Sorry dad-to-be but bicycle-riding flower carrying elephants were a bit out of reach for me!)

The client liked the design but asked for a square patchwork border, like Theo’s and Annie’s quilts, and I was only to happy to oblige so I could use up a bit of the Zoo fabric I used for Sol’s duvet cover. The backing fabric, which will come over the edge to bind the quilt and thus will be visible from the front, is this yummy yellow spot from Fabric Rehab. The nice vibrant red is from my local craft shop, and I used some of the grey floral from Theo’s quilt for the elephants.

The daffodil and thistle went on next and now I am all pinned and set to sew the top and bottom patches on. As with most quilts, the top is moving along quickly- it’s the quilting that takes the time!

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