5 Last Minute Gifts for Christmas

Every year I promise myself that I will be ready early for Christmas this year.  And every year I leave it to the last minute.  Always one or two gifts to get on Christmas Eve.  And this year will be no different!

But what if it is a stitcher you are getting the gifts for?  Well here are my 5 suggestions for the last minute gift…

1.Last time I went to my sit and sew evening up at Mrs Martin’s, I bought myself the gift of a sweet set of embroidery scissors and tape measure.  Whilst I kept this for myself, this darling little set would make a great Kris Kringle gift.

2. Speaking of Kris Kringle gifts.  There is a lady in my Guidance group, who if I was to get her for a Kris Kringle, I would always choose a selection of DMC Perle Cottons.  I also like the variegated Perle cottons, but I would want to be sure that I bought a significant quantity of each colour, as my friend does a lot of drawn and pulled threadwork.

3.Last week, the fabulous 5 focused on freebie charts.  If you chose the right one, you could easily get the stitching finished between now and Christmas day (unless you have parties to attend every night).  I have been working on Merry Primitive Christmas, from The Primitive Hare.  If you don’t have time to stitch, why not kit it up.  You need a stitcher’s 1/8th, 3 colours of DMC floss, and I would also include a needle.  You could also include a nice set of embroidery scissors.  Many embroiderers can never have too many scissors!  (Now where are all of mine?)

4.  Why not a kit?  Blackbird Designs have published some wonderful little pincushion kits.  I like Bird in the Hand, because it uses only a small piece of linen and 2 skeins of the one colour of thread, so you can choose a thread that perfectly suits the recipient.

5.  Finally, why not a subscription?  Last year my DH was not too sure about what to get me.  One of the magazines that I absolutely love is Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly.  By buying me a 12 month subscription, he saved me a fortune.  Other magazines that I have subscriptions for include Where Women Create and Artful Blogging, both by Stampington and Company.  I would love to add to this list Belle Armoire and Altered Couture, both of which would make a very useful addition to my reference library for when I am preparing for my textiles classes.

For more ideas, pop on over to Annemiek’s blog…



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