Wow -- it's the end of September. Fall has finally arrived; the leaves are starting to turn to their autumnal colors, hay bales and pumpkins are beginning to be used to decorate yards, and holiday stitching is in full swing. I'm sure many of you are busy stitching and crafting holiday gifts and finishing those last-minute fall projects as well. In this newsletter, we're going to take a look at one of my favorite stitches -- the Rhodes stitch -- as well as a sneak peek at two fabulous Christmas special-issue publications that are available now. I'm sure your to-stitch basket will be filling faster than the holidays can approach.
Cecile McPeak and Rachel Martin
Suggested retail price -- $16.99
While pincushions are a functional necessity in any stitching room, with a little creativity they can also become cherished works of art. Mother-daughter team Cecile McPeak and Rachel Martin of Just Another Button Company seem to have just that aim in mind with Pincushion Appeal.
This 48-page pattern book contains all the information you need to create eight adorable felted-wool pincushions from start to finish. Detailed patterns and stitch illustrations make the pincushions a snap to construct, while the forgiving nature of felt disguises any beginner mistakes. Each piece is adorned with an array of quirky embellishments like wooden spools, felted wool balls, odd bits of ribbon, wire, buttons and, of course, pins, leaving plenty of room for personalization with your favorite found materials.
Designs include such charming characters as a bird roosting atop a colorful nest of ribbon and a cheerful-looking whale. Other natural objects such as a bright, spotted mushroom cap and pot of highly textured succulents add their own playful appeal. With detailed instructions and beautiful color photography, this book will have everyone from beginners to experienced crafters beaming at their handmade pincushion art in no time.
For more information, or to purchase the book, visit www.shopmartingale.com. To purchase embellishment packs and wool/fabric kits for making the pincushions, visit www.justanotherbuttoncompany.com.