The best Christmas present I received (from my fabulous parents) was a tapestry kit from the wonderful Hannah Bass. I've been lusting after these for quite some time and of course I had to go for Amsterdam - one of my favourite cities!
I've been stitching away and I'm half way through which is pretty good going given I only started on Christmas day. It's been great because as I've stitched I've been remembering wandering down the canals with OH on our past holidays.
I was equally chuffed that I've managed to keep the back relatively . Normally when I stitch pieces the back is absolute chaos.
Another Christmas gift was the new book from Louise Firchau 'Paper Panda's Guide to Papercutting'. I love Paper Panda's work and enjoyed trialing this for my sister's birthday card but I must admit I was a little disappointed with the book overall as many of the patterns were from other paper cut artists which I hadn't realised and they're not of a style I particularly like but that's just my personal choice. For a beginners book it has some great advice.
Next up the last baby blanket for a while (that I'm aware of). In 2016 I made 5 blankets - this is included as I started it in November and finished it in early January just in time for little Rowan for who it was made for.
I'm not sure if the colours are a little bonkers but at least it's bright and happy!
I made a quick co-co top in readiness for the spring when it's hopefully a bit warmer. Am hoping I'm not going to regret the stripes but there we go.
And finally a quick lesson on when you should buy fabric that you like when you see it. I saw this in my local shop Simply Fabric in Brixton over the Summer, debated what I could make with it and by the time I went in to buy it they had sold out of it! Luckily I spotted it back on the shelves in early winter so snapped it up and made this top for work over Christmas.
And so there we have it - my latest makes from just before Christmas. Not a bad haul even if I do say so myself. I'll post again when I've finished my Amsterdam needlepoint which given I have yet another cold may be sooner rather than later!