30 November 2010

Dear Santa

I have been a very good seamstress all year and would love to find these goodies in my stocking...

I'm planning a trip to America next year and embroidery would be a perfect travelling hobby. I am an old grandma at heart and just love embroidered cardigans, bags, napkins... you name it!

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Woolly Embroidery: Crewelwork, Stump Work, Canvas Work, and More!
Cute Japanese woolly embroidery? Yes please!

Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger
Brother 1034D Serger
A serger. An object of mystery to me, invoked breathlessly by successful seamstresses who swear by its power to... erm... serge. I want in.

Tailor's Ham and Seam Roll Set
The Cupcake Goddess tailor's ham and seam roll
A year into my sewing lifestyle, having pressed my fair share of darts on a regular ironing board, I think I finally understand what a tailor's ham is for. And if Karen ("I cut out patterns while lying on the sofa") needs one, then so do I.

Fiskars 95217097 45 mm Rotary Cutter
Rotary Cutter
Ooh this looks fun...

Majestic Oak sunglow
Joel Dewberry Majestic Oak Sunglow

Swoon! Imagine this beauty as a huge skirt, or maybe a handbag with round wooden handles... mmm...

Echino Birdsong Panel Pink 1/2m

Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer

That'll be all!

[Soundtrack: 'Papa Ain't No Santa Claus, Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree' by Butterbeans and Susie]


  1. That birdsong fabric would make the most beautiful skirt imaginable!

  2. Love Wooly Embroidery!! And you should totally just buy yourself the rotary cutter. I use mine all the time. (get a really huge mat too!)

  3. Ha! I put a tailor's ham on my Christmas wish list and my family thinks it's very funny--a real stitch, as it were!

  4. Oh the birdsong fabric is just to die for! And I swear by rotary cutters. Thanks for including me in your round up!

  5. I hope Santa brings you some of the lovely things on your list! The birdsong fabric is so pretty, I picture it in a full, gathered skirt.
    I sure hope you let us know what sewing-related gifts you get after the holidays!~ :)

  6. and I hope you get the ham and seam roll set! I love my Cupcake Goddess seam roll, it has the most delightful sawdusty smell when you press it.

  7. Oh wow, I bought a tailors ham and seam roll set from the Cupcake Goddess last week!!! She didn't have any in stock so she made me one to order to match all my other sewing stuff. The postage is a killer from the states as they're filled with sawdust (I didn't think of that in my frenzy) but do I care? I'll put it on my blog when it gets here, don't think I've ever been so excited about a purchase for years. x

  8. I love that fabric, too. I swear by my new rotary cutter - I use it all the time now. I still think cutting out patterns on the sofa is perfectly reasonable!

  9. I want to learn to embroider too. I would give such cool details to clothing. And I've been dreaming about those seamrolls... :)

    Linden blossoms in my tea

  10. Hope Santa can manage your list ;) I can vouch for an overlocker/serger...I've had a Singer for almost 20 years, and it's still going strong!

  11. Wonderful list, that fabric is gorgeous. Just remember that you can no longer sew on the plane, (in case you go mad with your weapon) crochet is also banned. Have a good week I am so happy I found you. ax

  12. Oh crikey, good point, Amber! I might threaten to embroider the pilot!

  13. Hi Tilly, after a while following your blog from the dark I´m officially in. Hope you get all your goodies and tell us about it!

  14. I had a rotary cutter and mat for my birthday and I can't tell you how wonderful it is! It makes cutting soooo much easier and the mat was from The Works so cheap as chips!

    Have you seen that birdsong fabric as a skirt on Clothkits: http://www.clothkits.co.uk/bustle-skirt-echino-designs-p-511.html
    It's very pretty, so will give you a better idea of what it looks like when you make one!

    Think I'm going to make a list too as a rather large hint to my other half!

    Happy sewing!

  15. I love your list!!! I got the Brother 1034D after last Christmas (my parents and inlaws gave me money to go towards my "serger fund") and adore it! I really can't imagine sewing without it at this point. ;) I also love that Joel Dewberry fabric you posted! I've been contemplating getting a few yards to use on accent pillows for my sofa...

    ♥ Casey | blog

  16. oh i LOVE embroidering! it is one of my favorite things besides sewing!!
    i would LOVE to own a serger, would make my life much easier!


  17. Hi Tilly, great list! I want all of Jenny Hart's books. I recently discovered embroidery when making my own felt Christmas decorations at a workshop, and i love it! My mum was an ace embroiderer when she was young. She got a CSE in it. Don't you wish you could do crafts like that at school now?!


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