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Modern Festive Decorating Issue Thirty Eight

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Modern Festive Decorating


Since the Christmas countdown has already started, now is the ideal time to plan the festivities, gift giving and decorating. For some the temptation of a traditional green and red themed Christmas is irresistible, traditions are a sacred thing, but there is nothing wrong with looking at them from a different angle. This year could be a chance to break from the old and embrace a fresh, new, modern take on the Christmas season. The good news is that this decision does not have to be an expensive exercise, in fact with a few clever ideas and some creative thinking you too could create a magical, and unforgettable Christmas. It all begins with a white palette and the addition of a few bright colours. Decorating in white with just a few elements is not only trendy but can look absolutely beautiful. Add some gold or silver and you will be amazed at how you can transform the look and feel of your Christmas decorating. Now all you need is some fun, festive projects in the mix and you are all set. Thankfully this is where we can help. Christmas decorations should create a feeling of magic. Even if they represent traditional symbols, they can be imaginative and creative. From monochromatic Christmas decor to vividly coloured holiday decorations and ornaments, this issue of Kindred Stitches has what you need to transform your home into a miniature festival of joy. What better way to welcome the Christmas spirit.

Warmly Lenna & Janice

Since I can remember I have always been around fabrics and crafts. I have grown up to love and be inspired by all things fabric, textiles, buttons, ribbons and embellishments. It is a great buzz to encourage others to develop a love for sewing and stitching.


Requirements Ten fat ⅛ of neutral fabrics Two 9” x 11” (22cm x 28cm) rectangles of pink, aqua, and green One 9” x 11” (22cm x 28cm) rectangle of sky blue, yellow and brown fabric Thread for chosen applique method No 9-10 Crewel needle 10” length (25cm) binding fabric 27” length (67cm) backing fabric 20” x 28” (51cm x 71cm) batting ½ yard length (½m) fusible webbing 16” x 26” (40cm x 66cm) cushion insert Silver embroidery thread

Snow Town Christmas Cushion Designed by Jemima Flendt Approximate Size 16” x 26” (40cm x 66cm) A ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

Water soluble marker Waking foot and ¼ foot for your machine Rotary cutter, mat and cutter General sewing supplies

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Pattern Add a splash of colour and style to your home this festive season with this stunning project by the talented Jemima Flendt. Embellished with machine applique, you will be able to whip this project up in just one weekend.

Step 1 ~ Cutting Requirements ~ From six of the neutral fabrics cut ten 2½”squares. From four of the neutral fabrics cut eleven 2½” squares. From the backing fabric cut two 16½” x 18½” rectangles. From the binding fabric cut three strips 2½”wide.

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Requirements ½ yard (45cm) of background fabric 18” x 22” (46cm x 56cm) lining fabric 12” x 24” (30m x 60cm) fusible light Pellon Four 5” x 10” (13cm x 26cm) coloured printed fabrics Matching thread for printed fabrics Double sided fusible paper Scissors Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Walking foot General sewing supplies

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Chevron Christmas Stocking Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 8½” x 14” (20cm x 35cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

This striking patchwork stocking with appliqued Christmas trees will make a stunning addition to your festive décor.

Step 1 ~ Cut out the stocking template supplied on the drawn line. Pin the template to your selected background fabric and cut two shapes for the front and back of the stocking. Trace the Christmas trees and bases onto the paper side of double sided fusible webbing. Cut out each shape roughly then press onto the wrong side of your chosen fabrics, using a warm, dry iron. When cool, cut out each tree and base on the drawn line. Remove the backing paper.


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Make your own adorable woodland animal quilts with Elizabeth Hartman. Get started with Elizabeth's advice for choosing fabric, and discover how you can use solids, prints, colour and value to customise your quilt for a look you'll love. Next pick up her tips for cutting fabric, staying organized, sewing an accurate quarter-inch seam and more as you create the darling Bjorn Bear quilt block. Then speed up your sewing as Elizabeth shows you how to chain piece the oh-so-sweet Dwight the Deer quilt block. As if these designs weren't cute enough, you'll also see how to appliquĂŠ fun glasses onto your cuddly creatures using fusible web. Plus, Elizabeth will help you plan your quilt layouts, sew sashing, develop a quilting plan and finish your top!

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Abbreviations ~ ch = chain ss = slip stitch dc = double crochet tr = treble Step 1 ~ This design uses 3 different colours. Using colour A, make 8ch, then join to form a ring by ss into the first ch. Round 1 ~ Continue with colour A. 6ch * 1 tr into ring, 3ch, repeat from * 6 more times, then join with a ss to the 3rd of the first 6ch. Break off colour A.

Round 2 ~ Join in colour B to any space, then 3ch, 3tr into same space * 2ch, 4tr into next space, repeat from * 6 more times. 2ch, join with a ss to 3rd of first 3ch. Break off colour B.

Round 3 ~ Join in colour C to any space. 3dc into space, 3ch, 1dc into 2tr space , 3ch, repeat. Break off colour C.

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Finishing ~ Sew in all loose yarn ends using the blunt tapestry needle. Use colour C to join the dream catch centre to the craft ring. Work a blanket stitch between each stitch catching the ring as you work. Leave the ends long to form a hanging loop the size required then cut and secure the end.

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Let’s Create

ORNAMENTS A set of six Christmas embroidered ornaments, PDF download. Shop at Satsuma Street

ORNAMENT KIT DIY ornament kit, everything you need to make a gift extra special. Shop at Red Gate Stitchery

MODERN RUDOLPH PDF pattern to make this modern Rudolph Reindeer cross stitch. Shop at Stitchery Stitch

WINTER WONDERLAND Winter Wonderland Snow Globe quilt pattern, downloadable PDF pattern. Shop at A Little Sweetness

This Christmas, leave a little bit of sparkle wherever you go.

Requirements ⅜ yard (34cm) each light orange, dark orange, and teal fabric ¼ yard (23cm) each of light grey and dark grey fabric 46” (116cm) square of lightweight batting 46” (116cm) square of backing fabric Cardboard or template plastic Marking pen Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Walking foot Scissors General sewing supplies

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Starry Christmas Tree Skirt Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 40” x 40” (102cm x 102cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

Celebrate and decorate! The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of Christmas decorating, so give your tree that extra pizzazz with this star inspired tree skirt.

Step 1 ~ Print the pattern template supplied (which includes a ¼” seam allowance), then cut out on the dotted line. Mark the template face as ‘right side’ and the back as ‘wrong side’. To complete this project you will need to cut out fabric using both sides of the shape. Handy Hint: Cut out each shape and glue onto cardboard to form a stronger template. Accurate cutting with this template is essential to complete this project.

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis

Requirements 8” x 20” (20cm x 50cm) main body fabric 7” x 8” (18cm x 20cm) arm fabric 6” (15cm) square hat fabric 4” x 6 “ (10cm x 15cm) cream fabric for head 2” x 4” (5cm x 10cm) of felt for hands DMC embroidery thread to match felt and black for eyes Fibrefill or wool roving 8 ply white cotton yarn ¾ cup dried lentils or rice 3 white pipe cleaners ½” x 7” (2cm x 18cm) ribbon Small silver bell Turning tool Empty match boxes for presents and offcuts of fabric for wrapping General sewing supplies

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Festive Fun Santa Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 4½” x 10” (11cm x 25cm)

Add some festive fun to your Christmas decorating with this Santa. Choose bright, happy fabrics and watch the delight on the face of others when they discover him in your home.

Step 1 ~ Print the pattern template pages included. Note that the body template includes a ¼” seam allowance, while the hat, face, and glove are actual size templates. Cut four 2½” x 6½” for the arms. If you are using a striped fabric remember to cut the rectangles for the arms directionally across the stripes.


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