Try primitive projects for homespun, heartwarming style (+ giveaway!)


Easy, casual, full of character and charm: that’s primitive style.

With cozy wools in muted hues—plus a touch of crisp cottons—it’s a style that instantly warms a room.

When you sprinkle your spaces with primitive projects made by your hand, something magical happens: a feeling of rest and relaxation fills your home.
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Primitive StyleHow does that magic happen? Jenifer Gaston, author of the new release Primitive Style, knows the secret. It’s because primitive projects have a wonderful way of capturing your personality in your stitches—not perfect, just perfectly you.

As you create primitive pouches, runners, quilts, and more in Primitive Style, you’ll discover how to dye, texturize, patch, and otherwise “rough up” your projects to achieve an authentic folk art look. Jenifer’s tips are easy, flexible, and best of all, fun!

Primitive Quilts and Projects magazineAnd if you’ve never tried stitching primitive projects before, who better to introduce you than the co-owner of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine? Jenifer owns it with her two sisters.

We’re excited to have Jenifer here as a guest writer to tell us more about Primitive Style—and how it’s chock-full of gifts to make for Christmas. (Yes, this Christmas!) Welcome, Jenifer!

Jenifer GastonAs I was eagerly awaiting my first box of Primitive Style books to arrive at my home, I was thinking about the possibility of having time to make some gifts this year. It’s been awfully busy all these past years owning a shop at Christmas time, and I haven’t made many gifts. This year may be different!

If you’ve been waiting for Primitive Style to show up in your mailbox or at your local shop, you’ll be very happy to see there are several projects you can complete in time for gift giving this year. One of my favorites is the sweet Close at Hand pincushion.
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Close at Hand pincushion

This little pincushion is so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to sew one for all your stitching buddies and one for yourself too! I have a group of lady friends that come to my sewing studio every week. We’ll be getting together in a week or so, so that will be my plan. A pincushion and a copy of Primitive Style for each one!

The next project that comes to mind for gift giving is the Resting Place pillow.
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Resting Place pillow

The colors are soft and dreamy, it goes together quickly, and you can make it in any color to match your gift recipient’s home!

Another quick gift idea is the Woolly Bird sewing pouch.
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Woolly Bird sewing pouch

This is a really fun project. I enjoyed every minute of making this one, and I’ve been shying away from making anything with a zipper since home economics class 35+ years ago! With my simple zipper technique it’s practically foolproof to add one here. This project would be nice for stitching supplies, but you could also use it as a cosmetics bag. Or, fill it with coloring supplies for a child—the possibilities are endless!

If you’re like me, you can’t have enough notebooks. I love them. I use composition notebooks for everything, even as a checkbook register. This one is called the Cozy Home journal cover.
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Cozy Home journal cover

It goes together so easily, you could make several to have on hand for gifts. It would be fun to mix things up by using some of the other motifs in Primitive Style for the embellishments.

I hope this helps with your gift giving, and I hope you enjoy Primitive Style: Folk-Art Quilts and Other Finery. Have a wonderful homespun Christmas!

Thanks for sharing your gift ideas with us, Jenifer!

What’s your stash’s cotton-to-wool quotient? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Primitive Style! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Can’t wait to start stitching? Purchase a copy of Primitive Style today and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

“Cottons 95%. Wools 5%. Love all of it!!”

Denny, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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