I almost called this blog 'Christmas Presents' however I thought you would believe I had made a typo and won't bother to read it!  However with strong memories of the panic of finding suitable presents for friends and family I truly believe that getting organised early is both sensible and practical.

Believe or not, tomorrow I have a small group who are starting on Christmas tree ornaments. So often, far too late in the day, the idea of making our own greetings card from one of my designs, presents itself; why oh why don't I do something about it in late summer?

A popular New Year's resolution is to use up some of the ever growing stash of threads, couple this with stitching small projects, spec cases, needle cases, Kindle  and iPad covers, lavender bags - the list is endless.   These designs have two pluses, one each item can have the recipient's initial(s)  to make them extra special and second they are small enough to keep in your bag for the odd stitching moment.   For this reason I am happy to supply instructions with or without canvas for you to use up existing threads.

Plans for the Spring are well underway;  the trip to Italy, our wonderful relaxing stitch-in is 16 - 25th June and Robert and I have two exciting trip before that, more of that when we return.  I confess I have some fantastic threads from Guatemala that I haven't used yet but as I am always on the lookout for smallish pieces to stitch on our travels I hope I shall get inspiration before too long.

On a non needlepoint note, have you discovered the pleasures of live opera, ballet and theatre in a cinema close to you?  I do recommend it, much closer to home, less expensive and we take a picnic for the interval!  The most recent was 'Alice in Wonderland' from the Royal Opera House, truly fantastic and such a nice feeling that the very same production is being enjoyed by people all over the world.   Do look out for them and tell us if you enjoy the experience.


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