How to make tartan Christmas decorations...

These rustic Christmas tree decorations are so simple to make. Stitch them by hand, with a sewing machine or for the no-sew option, stick them with fabric glue or iron-on hemming tape.

First make a triangular template from card, lay it on your fabric and cut out two triangles.

Place one on top of the other and pin in place trapping a short piece of ribbon at the top for a hanger.

Stitch/stick together leaving a small opening to put in the stuffing and cinnamon stick. Cut back the seam allowance with pinking shears.

Place a small amount of stuffing and a cinnamon stick inside and stitch up the opening.

This beautiful tartan fabric is Culloden Ancient Light Weight from Lochcarron of Scotland .   You can visit their website on this link and feast your eyes on their huge range of tartans on their tartan finder page.

For more tartan craft ideas check out my Tartan Talk Pinterest board

Disclaimer:  I was gifted this fabric by Lochcarron of Scotland but wasn't paid to write this post.   Opinions and content are my own.

Christmas cardmaking colour tricks...

Featured in Quick Cards Issue 146

Bored of the traditional Christmas red and green?  Why not be brave and try something new this year. Basically anything goes, just use a strong Christmas motif in your design and there'll be no mistaking the occasion.

But if you're not quite ready to give up on the red and green palette completely. Then go for an updated take on the classic combo with hot pink and vivid green.

Free gifts with Papercrafter magazine...

Issue 101 of Papercrafter magazine is in the shops for just one more week with a bonus gift of 9 festive papers from Docrafts.  Here's a peek at just one of the cards I made with them.

This issue also comes with a free 35 piece alphabet die set worth £24.99 and I have a copy to give away,  Just leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner at random on Friday 18th November.
UK entries only please.

Edited 19th November:  The winner is Fiona.  If you could email (link in sidebar) me your address I'll get the magazine sent out to you.

Make it Snappy!...

Visit the Quick Cards Blog and see how quick and easy it is to make this fun and funky spinner card.

Embroidery with hochanda part 2...

An update on my beautiful Rowandean embroidery kit from Hochanda.  As you can see it's really beginning to take shape and I've reached the fun bit - stitching with the organza fabric (all part of the kit!).

I love the texture the organza adds to the design and all those french knots - stunning!    I can't wait to finish it.  I'm hoping to have more time to stitch now that the nights are drawing in,

Since part 1 I've had more thoughts on what to do with the finished piece.  Make it into a bag, rather like this one ?

For the love of Yarn...

I was lucky enough to see a preview screening of this fab new film...


Available in UK cinemas from 9th October

Officially selected for SXSW and Goteborg Film Festival 2016, YARN is a poetic documentary which follows four international artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colourful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.

The film introduces us to the unique stories of characters from four different countries that use yarn in very different ways. Their view of the world is reflected through their passion with yarn as they travel around the world spreading their work. The characters all have one thing in common - they all work by hand and their work is in one way or another interacting with the environment; as part of architecture, the streets, nature and people.

It's an interesting documentary celebrating yarn as an art form rather than a craft hobby.  Focusing on a handful of global artists whose work explores the endless possibilities in a skein of yarn.  The film proves that knitting and crocheting can produce absolutely stunning works of art. As a knitter and crocheter I found it extremely fascinating.
To coincide with UK Wool Week (10th - 16th Oct ) there are screenings throughout the UK, to find a screening near you and for more information about the film you can visit the website here

I got 99 problems...

Octopus Books sent me this lovely cross-stitch book to review.  As a counted cross-stitch novice, my first impression is it's a perfect place for a beginner, like me, to start.

The first three chapters describe the materials to use, how to cross-stitch and framing your finished work.  A complete beginner's guide, each step is clearly explained with photos to illustrate every point.  The remaining chapters feature 20 easy cross-stitch pattern charts all with attitude!

The author, Genevieve Brading, is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss and Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.

I have my supplies ready, my design chosen and I can't wait to get stitching!  I'll be back with the next instalment as I start to stitch.

Disclaimer: I was gifted this book to review for free but was under no obligation to write this post. Opinions are my own.