I Love the Holiday Season

     Be it Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, thoughts of crisp cool air and the fun of gathering with friends and family are always welcome.  Yes, the days grow shorter, and the cold winds blow, but those conditions just give us opportunities to tuck in with the crafts we love.  So, why am I touting the seasons when the days are still sunny and warm?  Well, now is a good time to find some fun stitching projects for fall and winter.  I much prefer the leisure of looking for holiday projects now rather than the pressure of stitching something at the last minute. It is easier to get inspiration now rather than later when I am likely to feel pressured or just avoid the project altogether.  

     If you are considering getting an early start on your holiday stitching or just stocking up for the cold, short evenings of fall and winter, you will want to check out our Christmas in August Sale.  Christmas and holiday-themed items are 22% off.  If you love to knit, crochet, needlepoint, stitch, or quilt, you will find a project that is perfect for your family, friends, or even yourself.  What is really fun, is that new Christmas fabric is arriving every day. Enter the code CHRISTMAS2022 when checking out at The Stitchin' Den. If you are shopping in The Stitchin' Den in Estes Park, staff will take the discount at checkout.

     With the happy spirit of the holidays and the promise of a great sale, let me preview some inspiring projects that you might want to consider. 

     This charming panel, Santa's Tree Farm, and companion fabrics by Northcott will delight everyone on your gift list. I just love the red truck and snowmen.  The colorful and central design really pops, and I can see this draped across the back of a chair or sofa. 

 

If you are looking for kits, you might want to consider one of the following.

 Christmas Ornament Kits        

 The designs and shapes are pretty awesome, and they are the perfect size to tuck a gift card in.  Each kit contains enough felt to make 6 ornaments, patterns, illustrations, embroidery floss for embellishments and gold string for hanging or attaching to a gift. Finished size of each ornament is 4" x 4.5". I like these because they are great lap projects so I can work on them while I enjoy an audiobook or watching tv.  I also like to add my own sparkly embellishments.  

 

Fabric Wreath Kit

 You don’t even have to know how to sew to make this charming fabric wreath. It’s easy enough to for kids to make.  The pattern and 18" wreath form are included. That means that you can use your on-hand scraps to create a unique look.  I’m always looking for a craft for my grandkids to do during the Thanksgiving holiday and this fits the bill. 

                                                                                        

  Wooly Wreath 

 If yarn is your thing, take a look at the 18” Wooly Wreath. You can pick the colorway that best complements your front door or holiday decorations. All supplies and pattern are included in your kit. All you need to provide are the embellishments (bells, ornaments, photos, bows, etc. that will make this kit truly personalized. The kit includes the pattern, wreath form, bulky yarn with sparkle detail, DMC floss, coordinating fabric to wrap wreath form, and knitting needles.

 

 Sacred Peaks Cowl

This cowl is such a beautiful design and size. The Sacred Peaks Cowl was released in celebration of Northern Arizona’s annual Flag Wool & Fiber Festival. It was one of the patterns featured in our Hot August Knits Facebook Live Event II that featured Greenwood Fibers and Cascade yarn.  This is a digital pattern that will be emailed to you. This pattern works with DK or light worsted yarn. It is designed to be a larger cowl (27-inch circumference) and can be modified in size by removing one repeat. Think red and white.

 

Needlepoint Christmas Stockings

     If you love to needlepoint, you will absolutely love creating these family heirlooms.  The Lantern Woodland Walk Stocking is an amazing.  It is twenty inches high, it is worked on #18 mesh canvas, so there is lots of room for Santa’s goodies.  I would be tempted to add metallic thread to Santa’s buttons and the candle flame. I would be tempted to add metallic thread to Santa’s buttons and the candle flame.  The Nutcracker and Red Angel with Dove, designed by Liz Goodrick-Dillon, are also 20 inches long and worked on #18 mesh canvas. There is plenty of opportunity to use different needlepoint stitches on robe (such as the Diagonal Scot Stitch) and the nutcracker’s uniform (brick stitch). 


 

I hope that you have been inspired to get started on some holiday projects. Remember, now through August 31st, you can get 22% off on Christmas projects. Enter the code CHRISTMAS2022 when checking out at The Stitchin' Den. If you are shopping in The Stitchin' Den in Estes Park, staff will take the discount at checkout.