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Pre-Christmas sale 2021!
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Christmas elf cross-stitch pattern

Christmas elf in traditional red & green [easy level]

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a Christmas elf in the traditionally festive colours, red and green.The chart includes a DMC colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a special Christmas card, or perhaps even attached to Santa’s sack or a Christmas table runner.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase the Christmas Elf

Miss Pumpkin cross-stitch pattern

Miss Pumpkin in orange & black [easy level]

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a cute Halloween witch in the traditional spooky colours, black and orange.

The chart includes a thread named colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a special card, or perhaps even attached to trick-or-treat sack.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase Miss Pumpkin!

Patchwork table centre

This year seems to have been my ‘patchwork’ year — probably as a result of the restrictions imposed on us by the Covid pandemic, I have found more time and patience to dedicate some of my sewing time to patchwork and simple quilting. My efforts have covered a number of projects, including a doggy coat (which I hope to have pictures for soon if only my four-legged model will stay still long enough to be photographed), placemats, bags and decorative household linen like this Christmas themed centre-piece in traditional reds and greens.

You can read more about (and purchase) it by clicking on the image which links to my Etsy store.

Recycled kraft paper for Cards


In recent years I have fallen in love with the honest, rustic appeal of recycled cardstock for the Christmas cards (and not only) that I make. This year I have added some other recycled materials to my cards — scraps of fabric, and in the case of the Christmas cards — the scraps have a festive theme and were happy to be rescued from landfill!

You can pick up sets of my cards by clicking on the small image and following the link to my Etsy store.

Bags for Baubles

Bags for baubles


I’m sure I’m not the only one, but for years I have used plastic bags or tattered boxes to keep my Christmas baubles in order between one year and the next. This year I decided it was time to break the habit by making some dedicated cotton ‘sacks’ to hold them all neatly together at the end of the festive season.

So here they are, and you can purchase a couple of your own if you are interested. They are washable at 30°C in your washing machine, and can be ironed too. There is even a small version with the larger bag to keep all that stray tinsel in place — another way to avoid purchasing new every year!
Click on the image to visit my Etsy site.

Choose between a bright contemporary pink or traditional reds and greens.

Christmas elf & Miss Pumpkin

Might seem totally out of season right now, but oddly enough, these little kits are proving to be popular during this moment of ‘closure’ and uncertainty. Quite a few people have been turning to creative activities as a source of calm — even those who wouldn’t normally pick up a needle and thread, have taken on simple projects as an escape from distressing news and an uncertain future.
These little kits are ok for young stitchers too — maybe with a little help from someone more experienced, so if you want to know more, follow the link to my Etsy page for pricing details of the kit contents.

Click for Miss Pumpkin kit details >>>
Click for Christmas elf kit details >>>

All-focus

Easter Bunny cross-stitch


A new one to add to the collection of freebie cross-stitch patterns and colour charts. Might be a bit late for this year, but you will certainly have plenty of time to get it all stitched up and ready for next.

Cards for Kids

cardsBeen searching high and low for these images and have found them at last tucked right at the bottom of my hard disk!

They normally surface once a year for the kids to colour in and make cards or just for the fun of scribbling. Useful for Mums too if they need a quiet moment to get on with their own cards or other seasonal activities. Anyway, you can pick them up here now as a downloadable zip file.

You can see just a few samples of the cards in the gallery below. When you print them out on an A4 sheet, some of the images are already prepared to be folded into a card, whilst others are just large images for colouring.
List of cards contained in zip file in both large and small format:
1. angel
2. candle
3. Christmas wreath
4. Santa
5. snowman
6. tree
7. comet

Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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