What a resounding success our recent Christmas Night fabric craft evening was.
These events are always popular, we all enjoy them so much – and no wonder! Who can resist fabric craft, great company and festive food in a lovely setting, not forgetting a touch of mystery and all wrapped up in a Christmas theme.
When our guests arrived, they had no idea what was in store for them. They were presented with a goody bag and the first part of the mystery project. Games were played and Christmas presents from under the tree were opened. As Christmas music played, everyone stitched merrily away, in a state of excitement and expectation – much like children waiting for Santa!
Delightful designs by Anni Downs
If you love all things whimsical, quirky and down-right cute, then you’ll go mad for designs by Australian designer, Anni Downs. On my recent jaunt to Melbourne, I had the pleasure of meeting the woman herself and got to chat to her about her designs. I brought back a really cute project of hers which we’re going to feature as a Block of the Month sometime next year. It’s called “Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs”.
This is such a unique and exciting project and for those of you who love handwork it’s a must-have! Featuring a hessian-coloured, linen background, the design is fashioned out of woven wool applique and stitchery. It’s a fabulous project for people who love handwork or who would like to branch out into something a bit different. This block comes with excellent instructions, and we know that you’re just going to love it as much as we do!
Taking the colouring book craze to a new level with stitching
Colouring book for adults has well and truly taken the world by storm and we’re so impressed by the range of amazing designs people create to put into colouring books. In our on-going search to find new and exciting fabric craft projects, we’ve discovered a new and stimulating concept which combines colouring book designs with stitcheries.
How does it work? Simple. You take a design you like out of a colouring book and trace it onto a piece of fabric. Then you choose from our huge range of variegated threads, such as our Cottage Garden Threads and stitch the design onto the fabric. The results are quite startling and work well as cushion covers. I’m currently working on a design of a fox made up of leaves and flowers, so keep your eyes open for that when you next pop in to The Country Yard!
Why we make samples of our patterns…
When you visit The Country Yard craft barn, you will see examples of our patterns, kits and projects that we have made up into samples throughout the store. These are not just there for decoration, though they are very decorative! We feel that it’s important for you, our customers, to see the projects we offer in their complete form, because the pictures on the front of the packet don’t always do justice to what’s inside. You get the benefit of seeing a project come to life, using fabric combinations you may not have thought of, with embellishments you may not have considered. It’s all about inspiration and we just love inspiring our customers with our ideas!
Another reason why we make samples to show you is that we love fabric craftwork too! Every aspect of completing a project is a joy to us – from deciding on the colours and selecting the fabric and threads to making every stitch and seeing a cushion, door hanger or quilt take shape under our fingers.
Sneak peek at next years’ fabric craft projects
This year has seen some wonderful projects at The Country Yard, and we are pleased to announce that next year is looking even more exciting. We’re always looking for new patterns, kits, fabrics and all things crafty to offer our customers.
For those of you who love a good Mystery Stitchery, you’ll be thrilled to know that we’re currently in the planning stages of next years’ offering. We’ve chosen the fabric and are ironing out the final design. We can’t reveal any more than that (it is a mystery, after all), but we can say that its shaping up to be our best yet! Keep checking our online store and make sure you subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out on next years’ Mystery Stitchery!