Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Seasonal Sewing & A "Sew !" Giveaway

Hurrah December !

A month of preparation for Christmas, and I also like to find some time to reflect in amongst all my chaos that can surround the run up to the festive season. I also tend to find this is the time when I manage to go up a gear and finally get on with all those crafty Christmassy ideas I intended to start waaay back in the summer...but as usual seemed to have left it to the last minute. So with this in mind, what better way to start this seasonal sewing than to get out my much loved stash of CK fabric ....

and find some inspiration here....

Now, I know many of you are fans and will already have this book adorning your shelves, but for those of you who have yet to put it on your Christmas list , I thought I would have a little flick through to inspire you and what a gem this book is !

The book is aimed at both the beginner and the more experienced sewer alike. Techniques include signature CK applique designs, patchwork , quilting, hand and machine sewing.
To inspire you to get going straight away, the book also includes a pre-cut kit , in CK fabric, with all accessories to make the bag featured on the front of the book.

For me,one of the best features was the inclusion of a pattern sheet - so you just need to get out your greaseproof and trace away ! The introduction covers all the sewing techniques needed and is clearly laid out with some lovely photographs.
There are over 40 projects in the book,some quick - useful for the last minute Christmas Gifts, and some larger projects which would require some time to complete.

My favourites in particular  for some quick Christmas gifts include the padded coathanger covers, which would look very pretty in any bedroom,

A knitting (or in my case crochet) bag, and revives the technique of handpieced patchwork..something to make a start on for those long winter evenings, and perfect to ensure you use up any scraps of fabric from your stash ,or even upcycle some pretty prints that have seen better days from your wardrobe.

I couldn't resist including this photograph from the book..more hand pieced patchwork..

And finally some sweet Lavender Bags.

I've really only just touched the surface of the book, as there are some great projects throughout. All in all this book will be adorning my bookshelf for many years to come .

And now to the Giveaway...

If you fancy owning your own copy of the book and can't wait until "The Big Day," then this is the Giveaway for you ! In order to win a copy of "SEW!" all you need to do is comment on this post, by answering the following question:

" What handmade  Christmas decoration will you be putting up this year ?"

Want to increase your chances of winning ?

As a bonus, if you are not already a follower and become one ,let me know and I will enter you twice.  For those who are already followers, if you blog about the giveaway and let me know, I will also enter you twice too !

Giveaway Official-ness
  • I'll randomly draw the winner in a weeks time on 9th Dec 2009, (so all comments need to be the 8th ), and announce the winner by the end of next week.
  • Please check back to see if you have won, and if you are the winner, please e-mail me with your details at using the appropriate @ in the address
  • If the prize is not claimed within 1 week of the winner announcement , I will be carry it forward to the next Giveaway.
  • I'll also announce the winner blog post on Twitter next week too when it's up.

Have Fun, I'm looking forward to hearing about all your creations...hope there are some crochet ones in there too !