Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday (or Tuesday) sale

If your credit card hasn’t worn itself thin yet with the post-Thanksgiving spending frenzy, head over to Feed Dog Designs for 40% off digital pattern downloads—a special price just for blog readers!
Use coupon code CYM10 in your shopping cart to get the discounted price, any time from now through the end of Tuesday, since I didn’t have my act together earlier…
Thanks for shopping the Cyber Monday/Tuesday sale!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Free Pattern: Snowmen for appliqué or embroidery

OK, OK; I know tomorrow is Thanksgiving. But I’ve been itching for Christmas since the Halloween accoutrements hit stores, and for once I’ve had no problem with Chrimbo being rolled out ridiculously early by the gods on Mount Retail. (But please, keep the effing holiday music away from me. Yech. This will forever be a playlist-free blog.) I’m dying to get the tree and ornaments put up, and I’ve actually already started covering our living room ceiling with snowflakes. Last Christmas was a bit of a non-starter, so I’m ready to put my Grinchy ways aside and spread some cheer, dammit.

What does this mean for you? Well, I’m planning to share all my crafty Christmas stuff (“crap” would’ve alliterated better, but I shan’t give you crap!) with you here—photos, tutorials, patterns, and other bits of fun. So to start with, a free pattern for appliqué (or embroidery, if you like)!

Snowman tea towels

I made these tea towels for Middle Brother and his wife a couple years ago, fusing wool felt to the background to give the snowmen some dimension. A really narrow zigzag around the edge of the felt with matching or invisible thread rounds the edges rather splendidly.

Something was missing, though: how did snowman A, standing happily, become snowman B, melting into a sloppy pile of sludge? Snowman C, armed with a hairdryer, is the culprit:

Snowmen, Before
Snowmen, After

Why is Snowman C so ill-spirited? You’ll have to supply your own motivation; I’m just supplying the pattern.
If you’re not feeling the appliqué, try a melting redwork snowman instead:

Snowmen in Redwork

Two formats are available:
  • Get the PDF to print out and transfer for your favorite appliqué or embroidery technique.
  • Get the EQ7 project file to use the snowmen blocks (on the Motifs tab) in your own quilts or other EQ designs.
Designs are copyright © 2010 Feed Dog Designs, but you’re free to use them on Christmas gifts, decor, or whatever you like. Happy stitching, happy Thanksgiving, and look for more holiday goodies here soon!