After a lovely break away in the Lakes, I’m now back to work putting the finishing touches to our December projects. As usual, we have a brilliant mix of projects for you, which are sure to get you into the festive spirit! Plus we’ve all been sampling the culinary delights of our art ed, Jo. She’s been busy baking for our most recent photo shoot, and her cakes are to die for!
Christmas is a brilliant time of year for stitchers. It’s a great excuse to have a play with all those sparkly threads and glittery fabrics – after all you can never have too much sparkle at Christmas!
I’ve spent the last few days searching for exciting new products to tell you all about in our news section. As everyone will be starting their Christmas stitching soon, I thought I’d look for some pretty embellishments to share with you all. I found some lovely things – it’s really nice to add a bit of sparkle to a design, especially at Christmas and with the wonderful range of buttons and beads around, it’s the perfect way to finish off a piece if you’re running out of time.
For all the Norman Willis fans out there, don’t forget your special chance to meet him at the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery Gallery next week.
As well as the chance to meet your favourite celebrity stitcher, you can see the special emboridered pagent of a Thameside village, walk round the gardens and even sit down among the beautiful scenery for some relaxing stitching time. Entry is free, and Norman will be there to meet and greet at around 11am on Tuesday 12th September.
It’s been a manic week here at Quick&Easy – we’re about to go to press so we’re all running around madly making sure each page is as good as it possibly can be! When everything’s been really frantic though, the one thing that always helps me relax is of course stitching. I stitch on the train on my way home, and all the stresses of the day magically fade away.
So it’s the start of the new school year and we’re looking forward to autumn (it’s a lovely sunny day here in Bath today). We hear from lots of stitching and craft groups based in schools, run by parents or teachers, where the kids love getting together to learn to stitch and create their own designs – and they often sell their stitched pieces to raise money for their school or other charities. So if you know of a school stitching group, or you’re thinking of setting one up with the new year’s pupils, post a comment below and we’ll get back to you.
Well we’re just coming to the end of working on an issue, so it’s quite busy in the office! I spent a whole day sending out lots of prizes to competition and giveaway winners yesterday, so I hope some of you have a nice surprise coming in the post. We’ve also picked the winners of the DMC design competition now – we were so impressed with the standards, it was hard to choose the best!
Well it’s been a nice short week hasn’t it, with the Bank Holiday weekend… I was away seeing my family as it was my mum’s birthday (she really loved the gift I stitched for her by the way. Do you remember me saying, that I’d made the Joan Elliott cottage design from issue 142 of Quick&Easy? It looks very special on her lounge wall already! If you fancy having a go, call our back issues hotline and fingers crossed you can lay your hands on a copy while they’re still available. Call 0870 837 4773 now).
I’ve been getting back to my latest project – when I’m not distracted thinking about some lovely new treats for the mag.