Just Be Claus - 24 Jolly Holiday Embroideries

by Robin Kingsley
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Catch the holiday spirit with simple and practical hand-embroidery projects starring St. Nick himself. These 24 whimsical projects are guaranteed to keep you in stitches!

  • Enjoy easy-to-stitch projects that make delightful gifts and festive decorations
  • Stitch charming holiday decor, including tea towels, pillows, pincushions, wall hangings, and more
  • Create custom projects by mixing and matching simple, classic Christmas embroidery motifs

by Robin Kingsley
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
May 2nd, 2017
Embroidery and redwork – the two things just go together. This book gives you a Baker’s dozen of projects to create. From Ornaments to pillows to samplers to quilts, there is a size for all.

The instructions begin with a photo of the item, followed by the size and a paragraph about it. Material and cutting lists are easy to read and stitches used are set off in a red framed box with a bow on top. Tips are in red framed boxes with a sugar cookie on the bottom right corner.

The designs are ready for you to transfer to your material and they also tell you what some of the stitches are that the author recommends be used. As we all know, we can make it with whatever stitches we want to make it our own.

At the back of the book, you will find a whole page about the author. Gather your needles, hoop and thread and start working on your Christmas presents now.
This book has delightful mini pillows, mini quilts, table runners and other small, quick Christmas projects. Robin's whimsical designs feature items from Christmases of my childhood: toys, traditional Santa figures and ornaments, cookies, Christmas trees, and love (hearts). Looking through the book was akin to taking a journey back in time... and my fingers were itching to embroider everything.

Robin uses basic stitches such as Backstitch, French Knots, Daisy stitch, Cross stitch, Buttonhole stitch and others, yet you need not worry - there is a section at the end of Just Be Claus called "Embroidery Basics" with instructions for each stitch, as well as information on all the necessary supplies.

One of my favorite elements in this book: the designs indicate which stitch to use where, providing a quick reference guide for when, with needle in hand, we are ready to move to a different section.

Thanks to Robin's talent, my kitchen will be even more inviting at Christmas as I already embroidered one of her projects: a Santa Tea Towel. Her passion for embroidery shows in the details of each design, and in how she uses them in the projects. You can tell she had a lot of fun creating them!
Christmas is in the air with these different Rework designs. Small projects with cute but simple designs that beginners wi ll enjoy as well as advanced hand stitchers. Good illustrations and well explained. More intriguing designs are included for those hand stitchers that to be challenged with these original embroidery designs. The Basics section in the back of the book not only offers great illustrations of each embroidery stitch but also actual pictures of each stitch and great explanations.This book is great for all hand stitchers looking for a refreshing look at Christmas designs.
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Robin Kingsley

Robin Kingsley enjoys living and working in her California home and third-floor studio. Her collection of vintage needlework tools and treasures is tucked on shelves and in cupboards, and you can see her love of these goodies reflected in her work. When she's not playing in the studio or traveling to shows, Robin can be found in her garden, another source of design inspiration. Even when hectic, every day is fun as she plans new designs, stitches new models, and develops patterns and kits.

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