I love this time of year, when the weather outside is crisp and chilly, and the promise of Christmas is in the air. The festive season may still be a little way off but in our house, the planning starts early – lists for Santa are usually well underway by now (frankly, they would be written in January if my son had his way!) and, as every creative crafter knows, this is when the work begins in earnest for those extra-special gifts that require a little time and a lot of love.Buy this issue →
This issue of Pretty Patches is packed with stitched makes that are idealfor presents – or, of course, as a well-deserved treat just for you (you’ve doubtless earned it, after all). Our stunning cover project, Michael Caputo’s beautiful Starburst placemat set, uses rich winter fabrics, fussy-cut with care for a dazzling fi nish; Debbie von Grabler-Crozier’s gorgeous writing case is packed with pockets, and off ers an irresistible incentive to indulge in some good old-fashioned letter-writing; and Minki Kim’s sewing pouch in Tilda fabrics is pretty, practical and perfect for stitching on the go.
We’ve also included an adorable advent calender from Debbie Shore, with a row of cute cottages just waiting to be fi lled with goodies come December, and a round-up of the festive prints that are at the top of our fabric shopping list. Plus there’s inspirational work from mixed media artist and free motion embroidery expert Katie Essam, and a collection of breathtaking pictorial quilts from acclaimed textile artist Gloria Loughman.
Enjoy – and happy stitching!