New holiday wonders await you—so why wait for Christmas in July? Savor the season with some hand stitching, starting now.
Come sit a spell with best-selling author Pat Wys and her new book, Handmade Christmas Cheer. She’ll show you how to conjure the Christmas spirit with hand embroidery, wool appliqué, and her signature “fancy stitches.” Dazzle family and friends with jolly projects for every nook and cranny. A primer on hand stitching will inspire you to experience the joys of relaxing with needle in hand.
Ready to slow-stitch a bit of the Christmas spirit—and get a jump on holiday making? Pat’s a guest writer today at Stitch This! to introduce us to her kind of Christmas. Welcome, Pat!
WOOL GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Pig in a Blanket Wools have given us a generous gift of their cozy, hand-dyed wool fabric—preferred by Pat—and they’d like us to give it all to one lucky winner!
Learn how you can win this beautiful wool plus a copy of Handmade Christmas Cheer at the bottom of this post. (Pig in a Blanket Wools is also holding another giveaway of Handmade Christmas Cheer and more wool on their blog today. Check it out!)
To all the readers of the fabulous Stitch This! blog, a big hello and MERRY CHRISTMAS! I am over the moon about the release of my newest book, Handmade Christmas Cheer. If you like handwork, this book is tailor-made for you. Projects include appliqué using cotton, wool, and other fabrics, plus hand embroidery and embellishing.
“Merry Mistletoe” cloth napkins from Handmade Christmas Cheer
Ease of construction is at the heart of every design. The projects are easy to make—stitch one or two for your holiday decor and many more for gift giving.
Handmade Christmas Cheer is also a great reference tool, with lots of technique discussion and stitching instruction. In highlighted boxes throughout, I share tons of ideas for making your projects reflect your own style.
Let’s discuss embroidery a bit. I use crayons to add soft, watercolor-like hues to my hand embroidery. In Handmade Christmas Cheer, I’ll show you how you can, too.
“Long Winter’s Nap” is a colorful bed sheet that is so much fun to stitch.
My “Jolly Holly” tree skirt is another easy project that uses crayons. You’ll be coloring and stitching up some fun in no time.
And then there’s the wonderful world of wool!
The “By the Chimney with Care” stockings are shown in both wool and cotton appliqué. These stockings are big and roomy to handle all the goodies from Santa. Full-sized patterns are included in an easy-to-use pullout section. Yippee! Full sized! (No kidding. This is a real bonus!)
Do you love working with hexies? “Welcome, Christmas” is a showstopper quilt. Scrappy hexagon wreaths with bows from a variety of fabrics will have your home glowing with Christmas cheer.
Thanks so much for letting me share my joy over Handmade Christmas Cheer. Join me on my blog and website, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter. I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest too!
What kind of slow-stitching do you like best: embroidery, appliqué, or English paper piecing?
Tell us in the comments and you could win the wool bundle from Pig in a Blanket Wools plus a copy of Handmade Christmas Cheer! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Karen, who says:
“Embroidery is my choice. Although I am currently doing hexies.”
Karen, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!