Visit Stitch City

So! I’m planning on doing plenty of markets this Christmas, heres the Stitch City schedule for the coming weeks!

Sunday November 23rd – Rhiwbina’s Handmade Market.

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This fair was so much fun last year, a great selection of makers and food stalls – tea, cake and mulled wine, and I came away with some great stuff. This years even promises to be even better!

Saturday 29th November – Cardiff Christmas Bazaar at the Abacus.

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I’m really looking forward to spending the day at the Abacus and to taking part in this great event for charity. Along with some great stalls there will be live music, craft workshops and food and drink!

Sat/Sun 6th & 7th December – GIFT at Penarth Pier Pavillion

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Penarth Pavillion are hosting this fantastic fair, featuring plenty of super talented makers in the beautiful surroundings of the pavillion gallery. After doing your Christmas shopping you can head to the cafe for tea or take a walk on the beach. Sounds nice!

I’m Sorry To Say This But….

Its nearly time to start thinking about Christmas! I actually hate having to deal with Christmas until at least December 1st… but this year I’ll be super busy taking my shop to various craft markets around Cardiff and I need to be prepared! I’ve never considered making Christmas themed goods before, it’s so difficult think of anything original! But I thought I’d give it a go this year with a couple of simple projects that will hopefully xmas – up my stall a bit.

These decorations are a festive take on my bright cross stitch designs from earlier in the year, I really like scandinavian design so I reseached nordic xmas patterns and came up with these tiny framed pieces, which can be hung anywhere around the house or even on the tree!

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Nordic cross stitch decorations – £6 each.

I have also tried my hand at card design this year! I always really struggle to find Christmas cards with designs I actually like so I thought about what I would like to see when coming up with these. I wanted them to be really colourful and quite simple.

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I have made the cards in 2 sizes – packs of 3 A6, and packs of 5 A7 (i think theyre A7 – theyre tiny anyway!) and all packs will cost £4 each.

Zoo Day

Some photos from my super trip to Bristol zoo earlier this month!

Sleepy lion

Sleepy lion

Avert your eyes!

Avert your eyes!

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Chameleon boy

Chameleon boy

Dwarf Crocodile

Dwarf Crocodile

Gila

Gila

Tortoise mates

Tortoise mates

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Standing proudly next to it's own poop.....

Standing proudly next to its own poop…..

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

Shrimpy guys (sorry i cant remember the name for everything!)

Shrimpy guys (sorry i cant remember the name for everything!)

Clammy

Clammy

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Silverback

Silverback

Agile gibbon

Agile gibbon

Gibbons!

Gibbons!

Agile Gibbons (my favourite)

Agile Gibbons (my favourite)

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Swinging gibbon

Swinging gibbon

Baby Meers

Baby Meers

Wrestlers

Wrestlers

ahhh!

ahhh!

Meerkat baby!

Meerkat baby!

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Shiny

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Some pictures from our trip to St. Ives last month 🙂

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Also! I’m running a great discount code until the end of October, go to my shop and use the code HAPPYOCT14 to receive 15% off your order. Keep your eyes peeled for more blog post about the run up to Christmas with Stitch City 🙂

Wall Maps

So a couple of these pieces have been getting a lot of attention on Etsy this week – I think thanks to the awesome new homepage feature which allows everyone a personalised homepage showing featured items that are relevant to them! Then I realised I hadnt actually made a blog post about these maps which I finished a few months ago.

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South Bank Wall Hanging

I wanted to make something really amazing, without worrying about time constraints which is always a massive issue when selling hand stitched products. I want to make work that is affordable to everyone, but at the same time I have a massive compulsion to hand stitch everything! So I usually compromise by combining hand with machine stitching, painting, applique, or trying to make the pieces as simple as possible (that last one…. never happens!) But for once I just wanted to stitch some maps for the love of it, and so I made these wall hangings. They are a much higher-end product than I would normally spend time on but I just love how they turned out!

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South Bank Wall Hanging

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South Bank Wall Hanging

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Euston Wall Hanging

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Euston Wall Hanging

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Euston Wall Hanging

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Marble Arch Wall Hanging

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Marble Arch Wall Hanging

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Marble Arch Wall Hanging

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Piccadilly Wall Hanging

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Piccadilly Wall Hanging

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Piccadilly Wall Hanging