Sunday, April 22, 2012

New Christmas Projects

Over the last few weeks I have been busy designing some new Christmas projects. I know it is only April, but we Australians love celebrating Christmas in July. It gives us a chance to enjoy a roast dinner without melting in a pool of sweat. Australian sewers also embrace the chance to begin their Christmas sewing projects, hoping that this will alleviate the rush that tends to come with the lead up to Christmas. Well that's the plan anyway.

So while my new Noah's ark project is being finalized and the pattern tested, I have been thinking about all things festive and thought I would share with you some of my new creations. I have been playing with some beautiful hand dyed wool felt and these little birds are part of a set of three.Our family dog Jacko has also been admiring them so I am being careful to hang them well out of doggy reach!


I also couldn't resist the temptation to make a cute winter cabin. There is also a felted Christmas tree to complete the set which is still under construction. It is decorated with miniature brass bells and a timber star. Trouble is I haven't found the perfect star to go on top yet, so left it out of the picture. It looks very quaint here amongst the little white blossoms.


Whilst looking for some Christmas fabrics in my stash I uncovered a bolt of Prairie cloth which has formed the basis of these hand embroidered Christmas stockings. The texture and lovely cream colour works well with some Redwork detailing. I bought this spotty ribbon some time ago which was also put to good use


And here is something for the tree, I've made a set of five cathedral window decorations, three of my favourites are shown.. These were so much fun to make and the good news is that they are quick end easy.


The patterns for all these projects will be available soon.

I have one more Christmas project on the drawing board which I hope to share with you next week. So I had better get off the computer and back to my sewing studio. Chat with you again soon, but before you go leave a comment and let me know which project you like the best.

28 comments:

Shari said...

I like seeing little Christmas projects this time of year. My favourite of these is the cathedral window ornaments.

Kristen said...

Seriously choose one? Okay, my first would be the birds, the second the cathedral windows....but I seriously love all of them! Can't wait until the patterns are ready! :)

Sherry said...

First I liked the birds because I love anything with birds, then as I looked further I love the little cottage and of course anything with red embroidery. Your new projects are great and I know I have some birds hanging in my home this year.

Anonymous said...

I think all of your ideas are great! My favorite to make for family or friends are the cathedral window ornaments and the tea towels. Thank you!

Carrie P. said...

Oh, you are so creative. Love them all. The stocking are so pretty.

Libby said...

When it comes to Christmas decorations ~ it is so hard to choose which one I like the best; they are all so wonderfully cute ~ can't decide between the birds and the cathedral windows. AND cannot wait to see the Christmas tree. Everything is just beautiful.

linny said...

Can't choose between them, I love them all. They'd be great for swaps as they all look very doable(is that a word?) I am soooo looking forward to the Noah's Ark pattern as well.

Fiona said...

They are all so lovely - You have been very busy :) I am very fond of little birds. Hugs - Fee X

golo8 said...

I love celebrating Christmas in July and your patterns are just darling. there is nothing like hanging birds on a tree, the ornaments, the xmas stocking...the little house, you have hit on everything xmassy... Really nice.. I love your embroidery...

Anonymous said...

I like all of them. They r all cute.

hueisei said...

I loved the hanging birds on the Xmas tree. So cute...

Valerie said...

Hi Lenna just love the birds & the cathedral window ornaments.

blauraute said...

Wonderful little christmas projects. I love christmas and your designs.
Have a nice day and take care
Roswitha

Lida said...

Love the designs, but waiting till later in the year, overhere it is Springtime and I am busy with summer clothes! Greetings and lots of succes,
Lida

Gill Smith said...

Love the cottage and the birdies.So enjoyed your felt ornaments last Christmas, so look forward to sewing these.I ALSO like the cathedral windows, EHHHHH I'll have to do them all LOL
Gill

Roseanne said...

Love all your christmas projects. the little birds are so cute.

Ros said...

Just love the bird and Cathedral window decorations. Also loving your Christmas stockings

Gertie said...

I find it hard to pick one but I think the birds would be my first pick and then cathedral windows.I wish I were a crafty person but I am not .I just think they are all beautiful.Thanks for sharing with me. Gertie

Sherri G said...

I love those adorable little birds!!

Sandy said...

It isn't easy to pick just one but I think I have to say the birds and then the house and then....They were very close to being a tie!!!!

karenf said...

I love all of your designs but my Favorite has to be the cathedral window ornaments !
Can't wait !!!

crobinson9 said...

Lena, I just love your work!!
Here in Mississippi, in the Deep South as we say, it never gets very wintery. So we make up for it with exuberance! I collected International Santa Claus's (until they quit production) and my very favorite is the Australian Santa. He has on a red and white tank top, shorts, flip flops, Sunglasses and an inner tube.

desertskyquilts said...

I especially love the wool birds. Look forward to seeing all the patterns.

Sandy said...

Great looking Christmas decorations Lenna! My faves are the bird ornaments and the stockings. Are the stockings hand embroidered? Lovely!

Mel said...

I love the cathedral windows. They look like a perfect little gift which could even have a personalised message. Who knows if I order as soon as possible they may even be ready THIS Christmas!!

Cathy said...

Love all your Christmas decorations but my favorites are the bird and cathedral window ornaments.

RobbinNeff said...

I love them too, although mine would have to be blue work instead. These are so cute. They lend themselves to being folksy or contemporary, and everywhere in between. Won't they look sweet on presents, chandeliers and knobs?

Rachel said...

Have just found your wonderful blog - I met a fellow quilter at a class a few months ago and she thought I'd love it (she was right!) but she told me it was 'little green house' - thankfully I stumbled on the right one eventually! Will look forward to 'dropping in' regularly!

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