Friday 11 November 2016

Christmas gift roundup

I know it's still only November, but it's never too early to compile a Christmas list. I've had my beady eye on this lot for a while now - if Father Christmas doesn't take the hint then I'll be buying them all for myself!  

It's no secret that my first port of call for beautiful sewing goodies is Beyond Measure. This year I'm pining for a pair of Ernest Wright embroidery scissors with baby blue handles (to match my dressmaking shears).

Plus a beautiful leather case to keep them in, hand stitched in Lancashire. I can't quite decide on the colour though, either red or light blue I think.

A set of these lovely marking pencils would make a great stocking filler too!

I'm sure pieces of Tatty Devine sewing themed jewellery will be popping up on many a sewist's Christmas list. My favourite is the traditional Sewing Machine Necklace.

I'm a big fan of stationery and by far the loveliest I've seen recently is the personalised range from A Thing Created. Choose from a selection of chic fashion illustrations, then customise with your own name, hair colour and skin tone. It's a really nice treat for yourself or a very special gift for a friend.

I actually ordered a set for myself in the summer from the illustration below - the one on the far right sporting a classic white shirt and red skirt combo. I've been sending them out to everybody left, right and centre, so may have to order more!  

The company is based in the US, so if you're ordering from the UK make sure you do so before Friday 2nd December to ensure a pre-Christmas delivery.  

If you're a book lover or have a book lover in your life then you'll LOVE Persephone Books. The company publishes little known or re-discovered tiles by (mostly) women writers. Each book has a beautiful 'fabric' endpaper and matching bookmark and an elegant grey jacket. 

They're an absolute pleasure to read and I've loved every single one I've read. Next on my list is The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. 

Whilst we're on the subject of books, how about a shameless plug for my own book?! If you're looking for a sewing-themed children's gift then I can heartily recommend Get Into: Sewing by Jane Marland

Packed full of simple, colourful hand sewing projects, it's a fun introduction to sewing for 8-11 year olds.

And finally, no Christmas list would be complete without some Liberty fabric to drool over. This Floral Firework design is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Chinese emblems. I think it's stunning - it reminds me of a 1930's print!

That's just about everything from me - what's on your Christmas list this year?!


  1. Great post Jane, I've just done a remarkably similar one on my blog today.

    1. How spooky! They really are remarkably similar! x

  2. I have come to the conclusion that I need a piping foot. Ok I admit to only having sewn piping twice once three years ago and again tonight but I am utterly convinced I would use more with the correct foot. Oh ok I just want a new toy. ;)

    1. I think it's essential that you get a new piping foot! x

  3. Jane that last fabric looks very like the New Zealand Pohutukawa flower. This is a summer tree flower that comes out at Christmas and is for us what the poinsettia is for the Northern hemisphee. But you can't pick it!

    1. How lovely! I'll mention it to my NZ friend next time I see her! x

  4. You will also need the Persephone Books diary, which has prints of all of their (fabric) endpapers. If you haven't already discovered Dorothy Whipple, do read 'High Wages', set in a draper's shop.

  5. The Persephone diary was purchased and sent to Father Christmas a few weeks ago! And Dorothy Whipple is on my list but currently undiscovered, so thanks for the recommendation. x



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