I was invited to contribute to this years’ Christmas in July issue of Homespun Magazine, and couldn’t resist.
I’m quite obsessed with vintage cards and postcards… especially Christmas postcards… and particularly those from the 1930’s – 50’s. Designing a stitchery project in the style of these cards has been on my “must do list” for ages, so I was excited to begin. The design was nutted out, finalised, stitched, and this week published in the July, 2016 issue.
There are lots of closeup photos included and a great, detailed guide for stitching each element. A big thank you to the editorial team at Homespun. I love their easy to follow, step by step layout.
“We wish you a…” is stitched with 4 different Cottage Garden Threads and highlighted with Papillon gold thread. For the central design, I wanted to achieve a sepia look with just a touch of bolder colour here and there. I found the subtle variegation of CGT 310 Carrot Seed perfect for the “sepia” areas. I’m really happy with the overall effect and how your eye is drawn to different details.
Each element of the design is inspired by part of a vintage illustration I’ve found. My hope was to create a “true to era” vintage look while staying true to my own style. It was tricky at times, but lots of fun bringing the different ideas together for one piece.
Most vintage cards I’ve found feature Christmassy Winters of the Northern Hemisphere… roaring fireplaces next to twinkling Christmas trees, snow covered villages, snow men, and children wrapped in appropriately snug clothing. I love them. However, being an Australian designing for an Australian magazine, I thought for this project I’d dress these children for our warmer festive season.
The older two, sing heartily as their little sister knocks to announce their arrival.
Can you guess her name?
I haven’t decided on this little one’s name, but he’s wearing his best bow for the occasion.
The top and bottom borders feature sprigs of pine and golden stars, along with three hanging baubles from the top and a few red stars, scattered along the bottom.
Stitches used for this project are – Backstitch, French Knot, Running Stitch, Straight Stitch and just a smidge of Satin Stitch. I’ve used Cottage Garden Threads Toffee Apple (1), 207 Swamp Gum, 310 Carrot Seed and 809 Oregano… along with Au Papillon Fil D’or Thread in Medium Gold for highlights.
The pattern and instructions can be found in this month’s Homespun Magazine… issue July, 2016, along with some handy embroidery tips and a profile of “your’s truly”.
For a limited time, I have Thread and Transfer packs available. The packs include –
– the required 4 skeins of Cottage Garden Threads
– 5 metres of Au Papillon Fil D’Or – Medium Gold thread
– 1 x A4 sized Iron-on Transfer and Transfer Instructions
– a photo of the “We wish you a…” project
– Please note: Project instructions and pattern are NOT included in this pack. They can be found in the above issue of Homespun Magazine.
I hope you enjoy creating this Christmas in July project as much as I did,