As the temps heat up, I think we all find ourselves stitching just a bit more, or at least I do. Being from the South, I'm not bothered by the heat and love to stitch in the sun, but when those afternoon showers pop up, I am compelled to head indoors and stitch some more. I always laugh when I see how early stores display their Halloween and Christmas merchandise, but then I realize that I am just as bad. It might be in the 80s and 90s outside, but I'm working on snowmen and Santas for Christmas presents. I can't help myself, and it's giving me a head start on my holiday plans. I am addressing one of my favorite finishing stitches in this newsletter, and it's one I have been using a lot in working on holiday projects -- it makes finishing a breeze. I've added more projects to my holiday list with the newest cross-stitch pattern book, Cross-Stitch Christmas Creations, and our newest special, Annie's Christmas. I hope you're as excited as I am about both of these terrific publications.
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.