Vintage Country Issue Christmas Thirty Seven
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Vintage Country Christmas
As children, we have fond memories of Christmas day which was always spent with family. The day always began early in the morning after a restless sleep of anticipation and excitement. We would wake our brothers and sisters and congregate in the lounge room, greeted by the coloured lights of the Christmas tree blinking and creating a magical glow across the entire room. There we would rub our eyes and look with wonderment at the dazzling array of gifts that awaited us under the tree. Our imaginations would run wild thinking about what was in the parcels, and our eagerness to start unwrapping these surprises was almost too much to bare. Our eagerness also related to the marvellous array of food that was to come. Despite the warm climate in Australia, we always had â€˜traditionalâ€™ Christmas fare. This consisted of roast meats, baked vegetables and an array of desserts including, of course, a Christmas pudding, custard, cream and a sixpence hiding in the pudding! Spending time with our families was the heart of Christmas for us, as it is for many families around the world. It is a time for reflection on the year past and the new year ahead. A time of goodwill, giving, sharing and showing our appreciation and love to those around us. In this issue of Kindred Stitches, we have created projects that are sure to become a special part of your next Christmas, that can be shared, given, loved and admired.
We wish you happy memories, joyful celebrations, and peace this Christmas.
Warmly Lenna & Janice
â€œI love to design and make new primitive style folk art. Many of my designs have been made into patterns so you can also enjoy making some folk artâ€?.
Designer Profile Hi I'm Amy Smith and enjoy nothing more than creating primitive and folk art designs. Needle punch is a favourite technique of mine and I also have fun working with wool and other mediums.
Amy Smith of DoodleDog Designs Primitives
My crafting journey began when I was a child. I learned how to crochet and cross stitch, then began making simple little projects which I gave to family and friends as gifts. My mother enjoyed sewing and made clothes for my sister and I when we were growing up. To this day, Mum is always making something in her sewing room and enjoys quilting, rug hooking, knitting, and punch needle too.
When I got married, I bought an old portable Singer sewing machine at an auction and started sewing. My first project was a two foot tall scarecrow. As my family grew I began sewing pretty dresses and handsome rompers for my children. I also started selling crafts to a local gift shop. Now that the kids are older, I find myself with more time to create and design. Punch needle was something I taught myself several years ago after buying a set of Igolochkoy punch needles on Ebay. I just started punching and havenâ€™t stopped!
â€œ I love being able to put a design onto a piece of fabric using just embroidery threads.â€? My business DoodleDog Designs - Primitives started a few years ago. When brainstorming names for the business, we decided on DoodleDog Designs, named after our beloved nine year old Labradoodle, Lily. My pattern designs and finished pieces are sold on Etsy, and I also sell my patterns wholesale directly to shops.
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Most of my design work and punching is carried out in our living room. I love being able to put a design onto a piece of fabric using just embroidery threads. Because the needle and threads are so small, I can be as detailed as I like with the design. My most invaluable tool for needle punch is a lap stand that allows me to punch without having to hold the hoop. It simply rests on my lap and I have both hands free, saving my legs from inadvertently being poked with the needle! My favourite handy hint for punch needle is to keep DMC embroidery floss from tangling as you separate it, tie one end of the floss to a fishing tackle swivel and begin separating from the other end. This allows the floss to unwind itself as it separates. I am able to separate an entire skein at one time using this technique. My advice for beginners is you can never have too much embroidery floss.
mn Requirements 3 strand Cameo Ultra Adjustable Punch Needle Non-slip embroidery hoop 12” (30cm) square of weavers cloth 5” x 8” (13cm x 20cm) red felted wool 5” x 8” (13cm x 20cm) heavy weight interfacing that will hold its shape 8” (20cm)length of cream ribbon for hanging DMC embroidery thead (floss) (see below) Fine tip pen Tracing paper 1” (2.5cm) wooden star Paint Natural coloured thin hemp cording General sewing supplies
Santa with a Lamb
Designed by Amy Smith of DoodleDog Designs Primitives Approximate Size 2½” x 5½” (6cm x 14cm)
Pattern It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and this unique needle punch project is perfect for adding some vintage style to your festive decorating. Designed by the talented Amy Smith, this special Christmas keepsake is sure to become a favourite for years to come.
Step 1 ~ Print, then tape the punching pattern to a window or light box. Centre the weavers cloth over the pattern. Tape in place. Use a fine tip pen to trace the Santa onto the weavers cloth.
Step 2 ~ Place the weavers cloth into the non-slip embroidery hoop so the fabric is drum tight.
DMC 6 strandStep Cotton 1 Embroidery Thread (Floss) in 8.7 yard (8 m) skeins: Ecru - 1 skein 304 - 2 skeins 310 (Black) - 1 skein 844 - 1 skein 945 - 1 skein 3032 - 1 skein 3033 - 1 skein 3778 - 1 skein
Treat every day like Christmas
mn Requirements 10” (25cm) fawn coloured, thick wool felt Offcuts of green and red wool felt for saddles DMC embroidery thread to match felt colours chosen No 9 Crewel needle Wool roving or fibrefill stuffing 6 small black seed beads 20” (50cm) length fine twine for neck ties Twigs for legs and antlers Fabric glue (optional) General sewing supplies
Rustic Reindeers Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 3” x 4½” (7cm x 12cm)
Decorate a favourite mantel or shelf in your home with this trio of Rustic Reindeers. Let the kids join in on the fun by gathering the twigs needed for their legs and antlers. So quick and easy to make, these cuties will bring a smile of amusement to all. And what better gift to give at Christmas time than a smile!
Step 1 ~ For a vintage country look, choose wool felt in antique hues and collect a bundle of twigs that are old and dried. Print the template pattern pages supplied, then cut out all template shapes on the drawn line.
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mn Requirements Eight 5½” x 8½” (14cm x 22cm) assorted red fabrics Eight 5½” x 8½” (14cm x 22cm) assorted green fabric 20” x 24” (51cm x 61cm) fusible Pellon 20” x 24” (51cm x 61cm) backing fabric Freezer paper Scissors Marking pen Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Perle 8 cotton #115 red No 4 Crewel needle General sewing supplies
Christmas Table Centre Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 18” x 20” (46cm x 51cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern
Green and red are the traditional colours of Christmas, with the symbology dating back to the 14th to the 16th centuries. These colours—red and green where predominately used on screens, separating the nave (used by the congregation) from the chancel (altar) of churches. Many of these screens where commissioned by the parishioners. Most of these panels where destroyed during the Reformation, however these colours have remained deeply entrenched in our psyche. Keeping the tradition alive, this table centre has been designed to compliment the Christmas table, not only with the colours of Christmas, but with the triangular design depicting the Christmas tree.
Step 1 ~ Select eight different red and green fabrics. You will require a 5½” x 8½”rectangle for two triangles.
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Requirements Felted Wool 15” x 20” (38cm x 51cm) spruce 6” x 16” (15cm x 41cm) cream 5” x 8” (13cm x 20cm) tan 4” x 7” (10cm x 18cm) red 4” x 5” (10cm x 13cm) medium brown 2” x 6” (5cm x 15cm) gold 3” x 3” (8cm x 8cm) flesh pink and purple 2” x 2” (5cm x 5cm) lime green and magenta Small offcut of black Freezer paper DMC Embroidery thread Black, #3813 and #502 DMC Size 5 Pearl cotton #321 11” x 14” (28cm x 36cm) flannel for backing General sewing supplies
For Good Girls and Boys
Designed by Barbie Jo Paquin of Cleo and Me Patterns Approximate Size 9” x 18” x (23cm x 46cm)
Pattern Join Barbie Jo of Cleo and Me Patterns as she embraces the joy of Christmas with this delightful Penny Rug project. Featuring an adorable reindeer pulling a sleigh brimming with gifts, this project is a ‘must make’ for this Christmas.
Step 1 ~ From the pattern provided, trace the applique shapes on to the dull side of the freezer paper leaving approximately ½” in between shapes. Cut the shapes out but not on the traced lines.
Place the designs on top of the wool shiny side face down and press using a dry iron. Cut the designs out on the traced lines and remove paper when cool.
Felted StepWool 1
Mini Project Requirements 13” x 26” (33cm x 66cm) cotton/ linen blend fabric Small packet of red glass beads Small container of gold sequins Fibrefill stuffing 13” (33cm) straight stick or dowel 6 brass bells No 10 Crewel Needle Beading needle #75 variegated red DMC embroidery thread 1½” x 30” (4cm x 75cm) hessian trim Thin twine and crochet hook or 30” (75cm) decorative trim 3¼” x 4” (8cm x 10cm) old tin 1 cup small garden pebbles Vanishing marker pen General sewing supplies
Vintage Festive Tree Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 9½” x 13½” (24cm x 35cm)
Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. Other early Christmas Trees were cherry or hawthorn plants that were put into pots and brought inside at Christmas time. If you couldn't afford a real plant, people made pyramids of woods and they were decorated to look like a tree with paper, apples and candles. Handy Hint ~ The key to giving this tree a vintage feel is to choose a loosely woven, natural blend fabric, some textured hessian trim and an old aged tin or container. Find the tin first so you can make the tree to size. I also used glass beads rather than plastic beads for the berries.
mn Requirements Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK in Red (04) and Nature (51) – one ball of each or any other DK (category 3) cotton yarn can be used effectively A small amount of fibrefill or wool roving 3.5mm (USD, UK 10) crochet hook Blunt tapestry needle Scissors
Vintage Crochet Ornaments Designed by Clare Trowbridge of Little Conkers Approximate size: 2½” (6cm) This pattern uses UK crochet terminology
Decorate your Christmas tree this year with a collection of these simple yet stylish crocheted baubles. They are lots of fun to make and are also ideal for using up yarn offcuts. Make them from traditional colours as shown here, or let your creativity play with different colour combinations to suit your home décor. They are sure to become festive favourites. This pattern uses UK crochet terminology and contains the following stitches and abbreviations: st(s) ch sl st yrh
stitch(es) chain slip stitch yarn round hook
dc inc dec
double crochet double crochet increase (work two dc into the given stitch) double crochet decrease (work an invisible decrease or dc2tog)
This patterns also uses the ‘magic’ adjustable ring method of beginning working in the round. If you prefer, you can work the following instead with good results: ch 2 and work 5 dc into the second chain from hook (the first ch you made). The ornament is worked in joined rounds. The first stitch in each round is always worked into the same stitch as the joining st. When changing colours, work the last yrh of the stitch before in the new colour.
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