I must admit to being completely bonkers about Christmas. Itâ€™s the preparation that I love best â€“ listening to Christmas songs, decorating the tree, all the gift buying and makingâ€¦ However, for all my love of the season, I am definitely not an organised shopper! If you too are a last-minute presentgetter, head straight to this monthâ€™s gift guide on page 16 for beautiful and practical ideas, or try some of our quick-to-make accessories.
This monthâ€™s issue is packed with seasonal projects, including some simple Christmas decorations that are perfect for getting the kids involved. Try Tracey Todhunterâ€™s Baubles, which children can felt and then sew their own embellishment onto, or the Irish Angel, which only needs an embroidered face to have its own unique personality.
If you want a beautiful garment for the big day or a party, we have plenty to tempt you. Some even feature my favourite metallic yarns â€“ on-trend yet totally festive â€“ such as Mary Beth Templeâ€™s elegant cardigan designed for voluptuous curves on page 58.
Iâ€™m delighted to introduce our new regular columnist this month, Sara Sinaguglia, who some of you may know from her fabulous blog, One Churchillâ€™s Green. Sara will be providing us with crafting tips, musings and stunning designs in upcoming issues, and her first project could be a great gift â€“ if you can bear to part with it, that is!
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