Christmas gift buying has taken second (third, fourth, fifth?) place here at Very Berry Mansions as we have lurched from one small domestic crisis to another… So I keep telling myself I still have a few days yet to get organised…are you in the same boat? I am definitely a last minute gift buyer, but it’s not usually quite as bad as this.
I am lucky enough to be buying for a couple of people who are beginner stitchers, and because I always think that kits, especially things that can be done by hand, are a great way to go when you are just starting out, I have been looking at what’s available from my favourite online shops, i.e. my blog sponsors!
I love this wee fox (it’s an Anchor Freestyle embroidery kit), available at Black Sheep Wools, which comes with printed cotton, stranded threads and a needle – maybe throw in a small embroidery hoop, and that’s a great little gift for under £10. There’s a sweet hedgehog too.
Tapestry is a lovely way to begin hand-stitching I think (that’s how I got started!), and for a more advanced beginner, I think these Nel Whatmore kits are just lovely, especially this tablet case, which is both beautiful and useful:
They aren’t cheap but they have everything you need, and the results are so gorgeous!
Dragonfly Fabrics have this lovely mitten project all wrapped up together in a kit containing fabric, thread, pattern and instructions. The boiled wool that you use to make the kit is absolutely gorgeous to work with, and you can choose from a wide range of colours. They would be such fun to customise too, perhaps with some folk-style embroidery or other hand stitching. Get free postage with the code BERRY too.
Cloud Craft have lots of lovely kits to browse, but my favourites (right now anyway) are these fab Kiriki embroidery kits:
It is really hard to have a favourite (the barn owl! the squirrel!) but I think I love the kitty best. This one is a level 2 kit, but the monkey, the panda and the sloth are all level 1 and very suitable for complete beginners. A great gift for just under £20 with the recommended 6 inch hoop and a pack of embroidery needles suitable for a beginner.
The final results are so impressive (which has got to be inspiring for someone just starting out) but this Nancy Nicholson kit is suitable for beginners aged 8 and over:
Hope I have provided you with a bit of last minute inspiration. I am consoling myself that I can send these direct to their recipients… right, where’s my credit card…?!