And Liberty ones at that 🙂 This caught my eye in the last issue of LoveSewing magazine. It’s a kit for a table runner and matching napkins from a company called Alice Caroline (www.alicecaroline.co.uk). To be honest it didn’t come cheap, mostly because I needed to order additional napkins. We have both sets of parents coming to us for Christmas Day, so that’s eight of us in total. Not a lot by some people’s standards, but a fair few for us. Anyway this was my little pre-Christmas treat for the house!
It made a really nice change from dressmaking actually. The stars came already cut out, but they still took a fair bit of time to stitch on. It gave me a really good chance to use a different machine foot: the custom crafted zigzag foot no less! This, according to my guide, has an ‘open toe’ (loving the extended metaphor, who knew sewing feet had toes?) ‘for a better view’. I also used one of my much ignored, fancy stitches (no 64) which was the closest I could get to replicating a hand sewn blanket stitch. I was really pleased with the effect, but took it pretty slowly around all those corners. Radio 4 was playing an orchestral version of A Christmas Carol, so I totally zoned out. I turned the speed up for applying the binding the next morning, and, mostly, managed it fairly neatly.
I enjoyed running this up much more than I thought I would. I ran up half of the napkins this morning and need to finish the other half tomorrow morning, before packing away my machine for a much needed festive break. The service from this company was excellent and it arrived the very next day. I also really liked the fact that I had zero waste. I imagine if you’re a seasoned sewer or quilter, you might have plenty of pretty off-cuts you could use up for a similar project, but this kit was perfect for someone like me who doesn’t dabble in home projects very often.
Good luck with finishing in time if you’re still stitching up last minute Christmas gifts, or treats for yourself! I’ve just finished these two scarves, in the (saint!) nick of time for the two children of a friend. I’m hoping they’ll be appreciated. I couldn’t resist adding the labels that I’ve rediscovered lately. Must get some sewing ones, they make my wonky stitching look much more presentable.
Have a lovely, restful Christmas everyone!
ps My #sewingsanta parcel arrived this morning. Thank you Vicki! I can’t wait to rip it open 🙂 My children are almost as excited as me to find out what’s inside…