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EPP Christmas Ornaments Sew-Along

The bells are jingling, the lights are twinkling, and the tinsel is glittering…the festive season has begun!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It’s not about the presents (I love gifting and receiving, don’t get me wrong!), it’s a lot about family and friends, but for me, my favourite part of the holiday season…the Christmas decorations! I love them in all their glittery, and sometimes tacky, utterly flamboyant way. I loved helping Mum decorate the Christmas tree. Every year we wold buy a few new decorations to add to the collection. My mother has some truly beautiful decorations, as well as some lovely handmade ones. Walking into my parent’s house at Christmas is like walking into a Christmas shop. Mum’s decorations don’t just stop at the tree. She has a multitude of ornaments, figurines, softies, serving ware, and it’s all out on display.

The first thing I bought when Tim and I decided to buy our own place was a microwave and a large faux Christmas Tree. I decided that each year I would do a different theme or colour scheme and only buy decorations that suited that scheme. As such I now possess every conceivable bauble colour known to man! Some of my themes have been classic like Red and White and Metallic, others have been a little different, like the year I did a Tropical theme and made a star topper out of sticks and shells.

This year my theme is handmade. My intention is to decorate our tree with mostly handmade decorations, with the odd bauble thrown in for good measure and to fill the tree up. I intend to get Matilda to help me make some decorations. She loves doing craft and last year she enjoyed ‘helping’ mum decorate the tree. By help, I mean watch while Mummy did it all while singing Christmas Carols!

As fortune would have it, the lovely Emma Jones of Vintage Sewing Box and I started talking a couple of months ago about hosting a sew-along together. We threw out many ideas, but both of us gravitated towards the idea of hosting an EPP Christmas Decoration Sew-along. We decided we would each design some free EPP ornament patterns to be released individually on our blogs and YouTube channels.

I thoroughly enjoyed designing my ornaments. We had decided we would do two each, but once I started the ideas kept flowing and I designed five in total…

Hexie Christmas Tree

Hexie Flower Ornament

Stars (with variations)

 

Mini Pennant

Mini Bunting

I experimented with different embroidery and stitching details on my ornaments which I think really adds something special to each one. The fabric choice is endless with these decorations, from traditional Christmas colours, Christmas novelty prints, or even Liberty and floral fabrics. These decorations are great for using up scraps, so just about anything goes. You could also use different threads such as satin or metallic thread, and embellish with beads and bells.

You can find the PDF pattern here. The pattern includes basic instructions, pattern graphs, and photos. It also has printable paper templates for all of the designs.

You can find the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I do hope you join Emma and me in the sew-along. It is running from November 24 to December 24 on Instagram. Join in and follow along by using #eppxmasornamentsal

Happy Stitching Lovelies

Miss Leela x

 

Dahlia Rosette – Free Pattern

Hello lovely slow stitchers! I’m here to share with you my latest EPP pattern, and it’s FREE!

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I recently have been stitching away on some sample pieces using the newest paper shape to the shop, the honeycomb. Of all the samples I made this rosette, created using half-inch honeycombs and squares, is my favourite. I designed this piece as I went, selecting the Liberty fabrics as I stitched, letting the design and colour scheme evolve organically.

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These are some of my fabric colours and I think the aqua blue, teal, yellow and pinks are so pretty together.

As the rosette grew I pictured framing it in what has become my signature style, timber embroidery hoop. I have used a 250mm (10 inch) hoop.

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When I decided to write a pattern for this design I needed to come up with a name (I find this the hardest part of designing and writing patterns!) Looking at it, the combination of honeycombs and their placement reminded me of a big blousy flower and the Dahlia sprung to mind. I feel like there could be more of these honeycomb flower rosettes in my future, perhaps a whole series of them!

The pattern includes basic English Paper Piecing tips, a colour piecing chart, piecing instructions and a colouring graph so you can play around with fabric colour/placement.

I hope you enjoy stitching together your own Dahlia Rosette. Please do share your finished project with me by using the hashtag #dahliarosette and tagging me @the_makers_stash and @missleela_handmade.

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You can find the honeycomb papers for this design here and the square papers here.

Dahlia Rosette Pattern – The Makers Stash 14.08.20

Happy Stitching,

Miss Leela x