Last Friday I set out my sketch pad and some pretty fabrics to trigger some design inspiration for Christmas patterns.
Often it's the colours in a particular fabric that will spark an idea, which is exactly what happened with a fat quarter of Tilda mint, blue and pink - in fact I gave you a little peek on Saturday at the very beginnings of that project.
Over Saturday and Sunday I spent a good deal of time stitching "Christmas Hearts" and this morning I cut strips from that Tilda fabric and framed the completed design in pink!
You do realise I'm not much of a traditionalist when it comes to a festive display, right?
I'll share a little tip with you about bordering an embroidery with fabric. We put a lot of hours into stitching a design, so make sure it is the shining star in your finished display.
It's important to choose lovely fabric for your border, but don't let it compete with or overwhelm your block.
That's why the border fabric around "Christmas Hearts" is narrow.
The print on the fabric is rather large so I chose sections that were nice and wavy for added movement, yet didn't draw my eyes away from the stitchery design.
When you are choosing fabrics to border an embroidered block ask yourself whether it compliments or competes with the main design.
"Christmas Hearts" is one of the patterns which will feature in August's Stitchery Club, and here is another - "The First Noel"...
Because I want to show examples of modern, vintage and traditional Christmas colours in next month's patterns, I've stitched "The First Noel" in festive red and green, but rather than using a traditional Christmas style fabric it will be bordered in checks and spots to add a modern twist...
All the Stitchery Club info is over HERE.
This month there's also a new joining gift which will be emailed out to you within twelve hours of becoming a member. Naturally it is a Christmas themed stitchery pattern, redwork on grey - tradition meets modern again.
"The Key to Christmas"...
I must admit, it's quite enjoyable putting my Christmas hat on in July!
I have some friends who seem to stitch Christmas patterns all year through. What about you? Do you stitch closer to that time of year or are you happy to create festive pretties all year through?
Have a blessed week my friends!