6 December 2012

Dear Santa...

I don't know whether Santa reads sewing blogs, but I'm going to try my luck and hope he's reading. For this is what I would like to get in my stocking this year please:

I've been coveting this mug for aaaages. I don't know what it is about sewing and tea, but the two seem to go together hand in hand.

After seeing Lauren's gorgeous version, I've decided to get over my fear of trousers. Santa, are you listening?

It's about time I got one of these. My thread spools are spilling all over my sewing box. Plus they just look so pretty!

"Rozsika Parker's re-evaluation of the reciprocal relationship between women and embroidery has brought stitchery out from the private world of female domesticity into the fine arts, created a major breakthrough in art history and criticism, and fostered the emergence of today's dynamic and expanding crafts movements... Parker uses household accounts, women's magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalisation of women's work. Beautifully illustrated, her book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery: how it has inculcated female subservience while providing an immensely pleasurable source of creativity, forging links between women."
Sounds good to me.

I know most sewists also knit, but not I. I did try. But I'm impatient. And it makes my hands hurt. Oh and I was rubbish at it. But anyway, all that is irrelevant when you behold the beauty of this beginners' knitting kit. Swoon!

Or more realistically, designing a snood and having a Granny knit it for me could be even better! I squealed with joy as I watched this video explaining the concept behind this marvellous venture.

My yellow tape measure just doesn't compare to the sophistication of this monochrome gem. If I draped this one round my neck it would go with everything!

I'm not really a magazine person. I find blogs written by real people so much more interesting. But recently I got into Frankie magazine, which is soooo beautiful and foregrounds crafts. I think it was a feature on a Chutney Club which got me hooked. And the latest edition has embroidery on the front cover. Yes.

And finally, French pattern designer Deer & Doe's Pavot jacket was high on my list... and it turned up in my mail box the other day! My sister-in-law got wind of it and sent it over. My first Chrimble prezzie! Hooray!

What are you hoping to find in your stocking this year?

PS. For more Christmas gift ideas for crafters, check out DIYcouture's round up.

[Soundtrack: 'Blue Christmas' by Elvis Presley - my second favourite Christmas song!]

30 comments:

  1. For the bobbin holder, you could make yourself one in about 20 minutes: http://sartorialdiy.com/post/5841414012/low-tech-thread-holder

    It works great!

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  2. Grannies Inc is an awesome idea. Thanks for sorting out all my remaining christmas presents!

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  3. Fab list Tilly, you've inspired me to compile one of my own. Nice to see Elvis featured too! x

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  4. Even if Santa isn't listening Fabric Godmother is.......watch the letter box
    xxx

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  5. Ahh, Grannies Inc! That is so, so awesome!

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  6. The Seamstress mug is on my list too, I hadn't heard of Frankie magazine, but now I want that as well!

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  7. I would love that mug too. Sewing and tea do go hand in hand.

    I'd like the Thurlow trousers pattern as well, it might actually force me to be brave enough to attempt trousers.

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  8. Well, I've already had a few birthday presents that I asked for (it's my birthday today!): the washi dress pattern, a felting kit, sewing machine needles, a trug basket. So I'm a lucky girl!

    For Xmas, Ive asked for: the kelly skirt pattern, some knitting needles and wool plus a knitting book (i don't know how to knit either and I really want to learn), fabric, the cambie dress pattern and the complete guide to sewing book. Fingers crossed!

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  9. I've read parts of the Subversive Stitch and what I've read have all been very good. It's on my wishlist as well!

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  10. I am hoping Santa will bring me the courage to attempt my Thurlows. I have the pattern and the fabric, but not the courage. The rest of my list is pinned on Pintrest in hopes that my DH will take a look.

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    1. Ha! Yes, courage would be good too :)

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  11. If you get that mug, I'm flying all the way over there to steal it from you.

    Nevermind that I could buy my own haha!

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  12. I'm hoping you get the Frankie subscription- I've got one and its such bliss to read!

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  13. Santa has big ears, I cross my fingers for you!!!;)

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  14. Thanks for that DIY link. I've solved the problem of what to do about Christmas crackers. The family refuses to go without them and I hate spending all that money on what I consider floor litter (my children actually get emo-attached to the little bits of toy-junk inside).


    This year, I'm filling my own with a black tape measure, an Anubis rubber stamp etc.

    Hope Santa treats you mighty fine!

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    1. I love making Christmas crackers. The best bit is making up loads of really rubbish jokes!

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  15. Is it just me or does it seem as though that mug is floating above the pine table?? the knot being it's shadow. i thought wow, a magic levitating mug for christmas.... merry christmas everyone.

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  16. Is it just me, or does the knot on the table make the mug look like it's levitating? ;) Cute mug :)

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  17. Great list! I'm a quilter who learned to knit this year, but I would like to learn to knit socks. I have never heard of Frankie mag before...will be checking it out!

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  18. I may have just added MOST of these to my amazon wish list.....:D

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  19. Oh, love that pattern and the book.

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  20. I love the Purl Soho set too - I think it's the colours, so gorge. x
    btw does anyone else think the seamstress cup looks like it's levitating!!

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  21. I could definitely see you in that coat my dear. A totes match made in heaven. You've inspired me I'm doing a wishlist post and pointing all the fam towards it. Plus the King in leather you spoil us.

    xxx

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  22. 13" retina mac book pro. Already got it XD

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  23. Glad it's not just me that thought the mug was hovering! (I wondered what sort of blog this was turning into, Tilly!) LOVE the idea of Grannies Inc.

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