NEW THIS WEEK - September 13th, 2006:
Season's Greetings and Gifts
'Tis always the season for embroidering. And, as the calendar pages
turn and the holidays approach, we begin to take special pleasure in our
embroidery craft. Busy as Santa's elves, we're checking our lists of ideas and
adding up the quilts, shirts, caps, kitchen accessories, linens, and myriad
special holiday gifts we've been making to surprise our loved ones.
As one embroiderer recently wrote, "It is always more fun to
have something that no one else has, and to make a unique gift that no one else
The designs and projects this week are an opportunity to extend that
creativity to holiday greeting cards as well as gifts. New designs for
Christmas and Chanukah cards are accompanied by matching designs for ornaments
and bookmarks in freestanding lace -- wondrous little tokens of affection to
tuck inside a card as a special remembrance.
Colorful holiday card designs in many favorite themes -- Season's
Greetings, Mary and Child in stained glass art, Santa and his sleigh, a
woodland Christmas tree, a Chanukah menorah, and Star of David -- will suggest
a greeting for everyone on your list.
Free project instructions for a ribbon-covered card!
free video to learn a variety of techniques for crafting your cards,
from sewing directly on card stock to affixing embroidered fabric and ribbon.
With a dozen weeks to go before holiday card mailing time, you can craft
unique, embroidered cards for a sizable list of special friends and family.
Victorian Angel designs are so beautifully detailed, they're sure to
give you lots of ideas for exquisite gifts. And, turn to Trapunto designs when
you are looking for ideas for making quick but elegant quilts, linens, and
Start early, and get a head start in creating both greetings and
gifts with a personal, embroidered touch.
Many of the following card designs can be
embroidered directly on cardstock. (Look for designs
that are labeled "-- cardstock." ) You can buy cardstock at craft and
specialty paper stores, as well
as many discount stores -- at discount chains you may need to check in the
scrap booking or office sections. Cardstock that has long paper fibers will
work best. Check out the
free project instructions
for tried and true techniques.
Designs digitized for cardstock may also be sewn on fabric, but
because they have a lighter fill,
it's best to choose fabric that you will want to see peeking through some areas
of the design.
Enjoy creating and sending these works of art to your friends and family this
We won't spoil
the surprise by enumerating all the dining room accessories she
has in mind to make, but suffice it to say, Marty is very busy.
With two daughters and "at least 20 people to make Christmas
gifts for," she says, "I start early!"
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