🎄 Stitch a vintage holiday home with Buttermilk Basin 🎄 (+ giveaway!)

Deck the halls, trim the tree, and create a home full of welcoming signs of the season—the Buttermilk Basin way!

Christmas at Buttermilk Basin

In Christmas at Buttermilk Basin, you’ll enjoy Stacy West’s all-new collection of ornaments, stockings, gift bags, framed stitcheries, and small quilts. Stacy West’s simple wool-appliqué and embroidery techniques make them a snap to complete.

From Christmas at Buttermilk Basin

One embroidery stitch that Stacy uses often in her projects is the blanket stitch. You may have used it yourself—but take a look at what Stacy taught us when we caught up with her at Quilt Market in May. She employs one little switcheroo that magically makes her stitches more accurate:


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Do you do the blanket stitch like Stacy? Give it a try!

We asked Stacy a few questions about her stitching life—read on for her answers.


Stacy WestThis is your second book with Martingale, the first being The Best of Buttermilk Basin. What inspired book #2?

Christmas at Buttermilk Basin was inspired by my LOVE of all things Christmas! Growing up, Christmas was always a big event. We decorated with the vintage items my mother collected and with numerous handcrafted items she made, including an adorable ceramic tree with plastic bulbs that lit up!

What’s your typical process for designing your projects, and where do you find inspiration?

When I started this book, I just couldn’t stop! I reflected on the warm feeling Christmases past brought me and used a vintage color palette to bring my vision to life. Most of my inspiration comes from growing up in the country with generations of handwork enthusiasts. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, who lived up the hill from me. Inspiration also came from helping great-grandma Lily put up her Christmas decorations. My childhood was filled with handmade goodness, and I often reflect back on those glorious days.

Frosty's Tree Farm
Take a trip to Frosty’s Tree Farm

It’s obvious that you have a love of wool; what is it that draws you to wool over other fabrics?

Wool is so forgiving! It’s very easy to work with and adds a wonderful dimension to my work. I love cotton, but there is something magical that happens when I work with wool. The colors are rich and the textures are striking. I don’t have to worry about accuracy or tension on my sewing machine. It’s more about enjoying the process!

How many hours a week do you spend sewing—and what do you do with the rest of your hours?

I love what I do and take every opportunity I can to design and create. My perfect time to design is late at night. I’m usually busy juggling my shop, 12 employees, and deadlines during the day. So once the dust settles, it’s design time. Of course, if I’m on a deadline, it’s all hands on deck no matter what time of day it is!

When I’m not working, I’m always up for anything, from lunching and shopping with my girls to hitting a movie with my hubby.

Santa applique and embroidery
Stitch celebrations of good ol’ St. Nick: choose embroidery or appliqué

What do you love most about being a designer?

I love being able to create designs in wool and fabric that allow others to create projects they’ve always wanted to make. Through my designs, people can soothe their souls and let the worries of the day go!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

I’m a sucker for all holidays, from dying Easter eggs with the girls to hosting a holiday cookie swap. One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to the pumpkin patch with my family. We love picking out pumpkins and enjoying the fall fun. This, of course, is followed by carving the pumpkins and handing out candy to all the cute and scary trick-or-treaters!

Vintage VW Full of Cheer
Stack a vintage Volkswagen with woolly presents

Finish these sentences for us!

  • One reason making wool-appliqué projects is so fun is: you can’t fail. It’s a very forgiving medium to work with. And I get to work with my own wool line from Henry Glass!
  • If I had a three-word stitching mantra, it would be: under, through, and pull!
  • My best tip for new stitchers is: there are no rules—enjoy the process.
  • Before I begin a project, I must have: a Diet Coke and the radio on.
  • If I had a sewing superpower, it would be: giving confidence to those who are afraid to work with wool or feel they might not do it well.

Vintage Noel
Grace any space with a welcoming Noel greeting


Christmas at Buttermilk BasinThanks for chatting with us, Stacy!

We’ve got a copy of Christmas at Buttermilk Basin to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

Most of my Christmas decor is:

  • Handmade
  • Store-bought
  • I’ve got a good mix of both!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck to all—and to all a merry Christmas!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Sue, who says:

“Love this book…. can’t have too many decorations for the holidays! "JOY" items are my favorite throughout the year!!  Crossing my fingers!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Sue—congratulations!


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