|(All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used by permission.)|
If you enjoy making gifts as much as I do, you will probably like this book by Pat Wys: Handmade Christmas Cheer has 16 gift ideas you can make using embroidery, wool and cotton applique', quilting... The traditional Christmas icons (Santa, reindeer, Christmas lights, holy, wreaths, angels, etc.) are given a fresh makeover with Pat's touch of whimsy, which we have come to love and expect from all her projects.
I love everything about the stockings on the book cover (above): the fabric choices, the stitchery, the fun designs... But then, as I go through the book, I find other gems which are equally hard to resist. Here are some of my favorites:
This three skirt, with its colored and embroidered holy leaves on white background, looks just like a peppermint candy!
As you can see, the hardest part is to choose which project to make first! Whichever you pick, there are step-by-step instructions with photographs and diagrams throughout the book, as well as a hand stitch primer at the end with all the information you need to choose fabrics, threads, and needles for the projects. The icing on the cake: ideas about how to jazz up your embroidery. Yeah!
I noticed that I start thinking more about embroidery at this time of the year, when the weather brings windy and rainy days as it prepares the landscape for the inevitable white blanket which will cover everything really soon. Handmade Christmas Cheer has beautiful, colorful designs with which to cheer me up, and all those who will receive the gifts I make. I think you will like this book, too!