Friday Flash Back – Christmas in July – All That Glitters Christmas

One of the things that I love about the concept of Christmas in July – as well as being able to celebrate with the weather the opposite part of the hemisphere enjoys – is that it starts me thinking about what I am going to be creating this Christmas.

Thank you for joining me today for our Christmas in July Friday Flashback. This week we are looking at a wonderful collection – All That Glitters Christmas.

All that Glitters – Christmas was the first Christmas collection that I created using Iridescent Embroidery Film (Mylar).

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Back when I created these designs in 2011, Iridescent Film was still fairly new in Australia (I had first brought this back from a buying trip in late 2009). Whilst I had created many other collections using this film, it was the first time I had tackled a christmas collection.

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I fell in love with these designs because of their simplicity. I am a less is more kind of Christmas person, and I really love the elegant look these designs have.

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Whilst the designs give the appearance of being a single colour, there is a layer of colour matching thread under the detail stitching, which holds down the Iridescent Film.

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This collection is a massive collection, including a total of 20 different designs. There are 10 designs that are individual elements, and 10 designs that are Christmas baubles, with swirly detail.

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I have had a wonderful time with these designs over the years. The first Christmas I used these designs, I created serviettes, with the design right in the middle of the serviette, and then rolled the serviette so that it resembled a Christmas cracker, with the ends tied with ribbon.  I keep on hinting that this would be a wonderful way for my darling husband to gift me a beautiful piece of jewellery at Christmas, but at the time of writing, he still hasn’t taken the hint.

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I have also completed a larger project, using the Christmas baubles with the swirly details to create a tablecloth. When you are creating a tablecloth, the important things are to measure everything from the centre of the tablecloth, and always use templates.

Other ways that I could really see these designs going well would be on a mantle cloth above a fireplace (I can just imagine firelight glinting off the Iridescent Film), or on a table runner.

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For some reason, I have only ever stitched these designs using a gold tone thread. Not metallic – but I have a wonderful thread that is gold in tone, almost to the point of having a little green in it.  For some reason, this thread really works well for these designs, and I have always used this colour.  Having said that, I could also see the designs working well with a forest green, or burgundy thread for a more traditional Christmas look.

When we first released the All that Glitters Christmas designs, we gave away the beautiful small Christmas bauble design as a freebie (you can find it HERE). For the next week, as a thank you to all of our loyal readers, we are also offering another design from this collection. Click HERE to download yours today.

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I hope you have enjoyed this flashback, and I would love to see pictures of your own Christmas stitching. Until next time, as always, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

Friday Flashback – Christmas in July – Christmas Trapunto

One of the things that I love about the concept of Christmas in July – as well as being able to celebrate with the weather the opposite part of the hemisphere enjoys – is that it starts me thinking about what I am going to be creating this Christmas.

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Thank you for joining me today for our Christmas in July Friday Flashback. This week we are looking at a wonderful collection – Christmas Trapunto.

Christmas Trapunto was actually the 3rd Christmas collection that I ever created, and I really wanted to work with a 3d style formula.  I had fallen in love with the designs, and wanted to continue the “stuffed” look and features of the designs in thread.

Traditional trapunto is created by first completing the stitching, and then “stuffing” it with wool. The word trapunto – from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.

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This method was not going to work as well for machine embroidery, so we had to re-think the process.

The idea that I came up with was to use a technique where you could stitch down a high loft wadding onto a cutaway stabiliser, trim away the excess, then add the cotton top fabric and stitch all of the details.  Using this method, you get the dimension, and yet everything is done in the hoop.

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One of the things that I really love about these designs is that you don’t HAVE to do them in trapunto. Each of the designs come in both redwork and trapunto style, so if you want to create simple stitching, you can.

There are 12 different designs in the Trapunto Christmas collection, and they all have that same chunky look. Trapunto is a great technique for beginners as well, as it is so easy to create, and yet really looks like an advanced technique.

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I have used these designs in a couple of different ways, firstly I created a magnificent Christmas Tree Skirt. The tree skirt featured all 12 of the designs that are a part of the collection, and after I completed the skirt, a wonderful friend of mine (Anne Conway – designer/artist) painted my skirt to add extra detail.  You could use a similar technique to what Anne used by using JoSonja paints, and textile medium, or nowadays, there are the Derwent Inktense pencils that will help you to easily add artistic elements to your embroidery.

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I have also used the red work version of these designs for a Christmas stocking. You can simply make the stocking – or santa sack, using these designs, and the wording of the intended childs name.

When we first released the Christmas Trapunto designs, we gave away the fun candy cane as the freebie design. For the next week, as a thank you to all of our loyal readers, we are also offering another design from this collection. Click HERE to download yours today.

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I hope you have enjoyed this flashback, and I would love to see pictures of your own Christmas stitching. Until next time, as always, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

New Product – Laser Guided Scissors

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Come and see us in Wagga – Book online and save MONEY!!!

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Friday Flashback – Christmas in July – Conway Christmas Bears

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Free Project Instructions – Gingerbread House

Looking for a gift that is just that little bit different. I am making this gorgeous gingerbread house gift box for many of my family and friends this year, and to make it extra special, filling it with homemade treats. The house is a gorgeous addition to anyone’s Christmas decorating, and can be used for […]

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Friday Flashback – Christmas in July – Gingerbread House Designs

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Free Project – Old Fisherman Lap Rug

This detailed, bold and masculine laprug/wallhanging will be a welcome addition to any fisherman’s house.  Choose your favourite fabrics from your stash (I actually used Christmas fabrics for this one, and it blends perfectly). Finished Size 38” square (97cm) Requirements 65cm of seeded homespun 1m Green fabric (blocks + border +binding 60cm Yellow (blocks + […]

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Friday Flashback – Gone Fishing – New Free Design Offer

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Free Project – Bearing Love Pyjama Bag

Pyjama Bag Weather you use them for pyjamas, or for storing something special, this bag/hanger is great for storage, and looks so special.  When my children were young, I had one of these hung next to the change table, with their pyjamas in it, so that I always knew where the pyjamas were.  I also thought […]

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