’Tis the season for stitching: ring it in with Kathy Schmitz (+ fabric giveaway!)

We counted (well, with a little help from Google). It’s 198 days until winter begins—and you know it’ll creep up on us all!

Now’s the time to choose relaxing days of slow stitching over the crazy-fast pace of the most anticipated season (and holiday) of the year. Before the busyness can get the best of us, best-selling author Kathy Schmitz comes to the rescue with the perfect collection of wintry projects for you to start embroidering right now!

Stitches from the Yuletide

In Stitches from the Yuletide, you’ll find Kathy’s spectacular embroidered winter scenes, delightful hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings in page after page of elegant designs.

From Stitches from the Yuletide

Create a pillow, tea towels, wall art, ornaments, and more, all perfect for decorating and gift giving.

From Stitches from the Yuletide

Motifs range from jolly snowmen to frolicking reindeer, and Kathy’s adorable birds and bunnies also make a special appearance—they’ll inspire you to hippity-hop into a new project today.

Bunny Hop Sachet
So sweet!

Kathy is here today as our guest writer to tell us more about the latest book in her “Stitches” series.

Kathy SchmitzSome memories never fade, even after many years. Youthful Christmas memories are some of my favorites. Mom baked cookies (she’s still the best baker I know). She let my sisters and me decorate the Christmas tree with homemade decorations. I was so proud to hang my construction-paper beauties on the boughs. My Christmas stocking was hand knit by my Mom, and it’s something I treasure to this day. One winter we had a big enough snowstorm to sled and build decent snowmen.

Kathy’s childhood home

All of these memories came flooding back to me when I started Stitches from the Yuletide. I wanted to design a variety of projects, big and small, that would become memories for other families.

The Christmas stocking pattern, Oh, Deer!, was a fun one to design. I wanted to challenge myself to do something different from my norm. The ecru thread on the red fabric, filled in with chain stitches, gives the stocking the silhouette I was hoping for, and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Oh Deer Stocking
Oh, Deer! Stocking

I wanted to include projects in the book that could be completed quickly and would make nice gifts, like the Deck the Boughs Tea Towels. The designs use only four thread colors and basic stitches, but they bring that holiday cheer to the kitchen.

Deck the Boughs Tea Towels
Deck the Boughs Tea Towels

Since I’ve been known to listen to Christmas music in September, which sets the mood to stitch all things wintry, it made sense to add a few projects that might need a bit more time to complete. The Winter Fest Table Runner is just such a project.

I tried a new stitch for me, the angled blanket stitch, on the leaves. I also tackled satin-stitch berries—168 satin-stitched berries, to be exact! Stitching the berries was actually pretty easy once I did a bit of prep. The tip I give in the book is to fuse red fabric circles the size of the berries onto the fabric first. Then satin stitch over the red circles. This makes the berries perfectly round and they look fantastic!

Winter Fest Table Runner
Winter Fest Table Runner

I hope you find some projects in Stitches from the Yuletide to add to your family traditions!

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Thank you for sharing your latest book with us, Kathy! You can find all of Kathy’s books in her “Stitches” series here.

We have a lovely fat-quarter bundle of Kathy’s Oak Grove Lane fabrics for Moda and a copy of Stitches from the Yuletide to give away to one lucky winner today!

To enter the random drawing, tell us:

When do you typically start your holiday stitching?

  • I start my winter/holiday themed projects in the fall.
  • I started mine on December 26th of last year.
  • Oh, let’s see . . . around December 24th?

Leave your answer in the comments to enter—we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to ring in the holidays with Kathy, you can order Stitches from the Yuletide at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

“Oh God Christmas!!!! I generally start my projects in November then have a mini nervous breakdown in December and buy people things in general despair.”

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


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