Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew March Link Party and Giveaway

Welcome to the third of our monthly Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Parties.

Last month's winner of the Bustle and Sew Handstitched Christmas eBook was Mara who has already highlighted a few projects to try for her Christmas crafting :)

Paula and I have a great giveway lined up for you this month too, and with St Patrick's Day a highlight of this month, it is very apt that this month's giveaway sponsor is the lovely Cindy from

Cindy, who lives in the beautiful city of Galway in the West of Ireland, has donated these very Christmassy Perle threads for one lucky linker.

The threads are perfect for hand quilting, but if that is not your thing how about a spot of Sashiko?
I had never tried Sashiko but I recently found this new embroidery magazine when I was browsing the craft magazines at my local newsagent.

I really want to have a go at that hoop, but it is all hand-embroidered and I think I might need to work up to it :) Inside though there was a project that I thought I could handle.

Sashiko pouch

The Sashiko pouch uses Perle thread to join up the dots and seemed like the perfect introduction to this type of embroidery. Fortunately I had some Perle thread lurking in my stash so set to work. It came together really quickly and the Sashiko embroidery itself was straightforward to do once I got the hang of stitching through the linen and the fusible fleece backing.

Every year I give my sons' wife and girlfriends bottles of nail polish in their Christmas stockings, and this year I have already bought the polish thanks to an online deal that was too good to resist, so now I have at least one pouch made to put them in too!

Sashiko pouch with polish

If you are getting ahead of yourself too this month and have completed a Christmas gift or holiday project in March, link up to this month's Link Party, which is hosted by Karen at Easy Patchwork.
I can't wait to see what project she has lined up for us this month.

The link-up will remain open until March 31st, but if you don't manage to complete your project in time to be in with a chance of winning the giveaway, fear not! We have loads of great giveaway prizes lined up for the coming months, thanks to the support from our very generous sponsors.

My PhotoQuilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop
Ray Stitch HaberdasheryPosie: Rosy Little Things

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So head on over to Karen at Easy Patchwork and start linking up those projects!

ChrisW Designs
Fresh Poppy Design
Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party, Natasha in Oz


  1. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the post or linky up yet. I have nothing to post, but thought you might like to know. Maybe she forgot, or maybe I went over too early.

  2. what a great use of embroidery to link the dots!! You are going to be loving life come December having so many presents done ahead of time!!!!!

  3. I love perle cotton, such a shame DMC have deleated most of the varigated ones. I use it more than any other along with flower thread DMC discontinued years ago, fortunately I still have a lot left. Will check out the new magazine looks interesting. Can see me using the idea of joining dots on my crazy work

  4. what a fun design to play with dots! I love sashiko and hand stitching :-)

  5. I bought that magazine! I was a bit disappointed with it but I loved that very same project! Yours looks great

  6. Well look at you little miss prepared!

  7. I love the little stars you've made in your dots. Awesome idea :) I'm so impressed that you even have the nail polish to go in it. Well done!

  8. I really like the hand stitching you added to the pouch it makes it even more pretty.

  9. Fiona just love that pouch! It looks fabulous with the hand quilting!! Marie x

  10. love your pouch - the hand stitching looks gorgeous and the little beads on the zip are a great addition too :-)

  11. Fiona, Your pouch is sweet as can be! Lucky Daughter-In- Love :) Still hoping to join in on at least one month of the Christmas sewing. I am on the home stretch of finishing the hand quilting of one of my winter projects. Can't wait to shout Woo- Hoo and move on to something else! Janita

  12. The stitching joining the dots is VERY effective, Fiona and I do like the beaded zipper pull. I have yet to try Sashiko. Stitching through all layers must have taken a while.


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