Category Archives: Christmas

Machine Embroidery For Christmas


It’s a busy little sewing room here in the harbour and the sounds and smells of Christmas are distracting 🙂 I have last minute gifts to stitch and I’m almost finished. A trip to the local shop for a frame and a mounting board and then it’s time for the wrapping paper 🙂

Chalk Board signs are very popular these days and it has over flowed into machine embroidery designs. I think its fantastic. I chose a black denim fabric to stitch on. It’s a great look.










And to break it up a little, I tossed in a couple of hand towels for the kitchen. I love snowmen.


I have also made up my mind that I will have a table at the local Christmas Craft Show next year. Its a very popular show, and going as a buyer a couple of weeks ago was all I needed to get the bug 🙂 I’m making my list and working up a few ideas and samples.


Let me leave you with these messages




And a Happy New Year… until next year…..





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December 21, 2015 · 3:36 PM

Elves Everywhere !! ;)

Hello and Welcome , It must be the time of year! because as I was hanging the latest addition to our Christmas tree ( from my last post)  when I heard a strange noise under the tree and you won’t believe what I saw when I looked down………


🙂 I think this is a bad attempt at hiding but then where could you hide with shoes that have bells on them?  and if that isn’t strange enough, I also found these boots sticking out from under the tree too !!


Yes , you guessed it more  wonderful machine embroidery designs. These two are from Embroidery Library . They come up with the cutest ideas. These stitched up in no time. I used crafters felt for the boots/ shoes and cotton fabric for the legs. They include great instructions for all their projects like this. This type of design is known as “in the hoop” design.  I added the bells for a fun touch 🙂 as you decorate and get ready for the big day, don’t forget to watch out for little feet scurrying around and under the tree… Happy stitching and have a great day



December 9, 2015 · 9:04 PM

Cheyenne’s Christmas Sweater


Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready for 2015 🙂 I’m going to start off with a brand new sweater pattern that I came up with myself. I have been buying a Children’s Hospital Charity Bear each year for the past 3 years and I make them a special sweater to wear while they sit under our Christmas tree. This year the bear was a very pretty one with her own tiara, not that the others aren’t pretty but, Cheyenne needs a special sweater. 🙂 I couldn’t find what I was looking for in all the patterns I have so I knitted and unraveled and knit some more and made notes and came up with this Teddy Bear Wrap Sweater. I call it Cheyanne’s Christmas Sweater. I didn’t make up her name by the way. That’s the name given to this year’s Charity Bear. They all have a tag on their ear, introducing themselves.

The sweater does just what it says….its wraps around and ties in the back …see 🙂


I would like to share my pattern with you .. yes and for FREE ..

I hope I have made the directions clear, and haven’t left anything out. If that has happened I  do apologize. I recommend reading the pattern completely before you start knitting in case there are any errors. I appreciate feed back too where improvements are needed.

Please keep in mind this is my original pattern and I am offering it  FREE  for personal use . If you would like to make a teddy bear wrap sweater for your own bear or as a gift, that would be great but please do not make these to sell or sell my pattern or make copies of my pattern in any way. IF you would like to share the pattern please make a link back to my blog. That would be great too.

Now that I got the serious stuff out of the way let’s make a teddy bear sweater 🙂

First you’re going to need red yarn in a worsted weight. 1- 50gm skein is plenty. And white faux fur yarn, about 6 to 8 m ( or yards) and a willing assistant as you can see in the back ground.

cheyanne6Other materials are:

4.5mm straight knitting needles ( or the size to acquire correct gauge)

4 mm Dpn ( Double Pointed Needles)

4 mm Crochet hook

Tapestry needle and scissors

And a row counter if you have one or pencil and paper works great too since it is a small project.

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 10cm (4″)

I should add before I get too far along that this sweater fits a teddy bear that’s about 40.5cm (16″) tall  and about  41.5cm (16.5″)  around the tummy. The sleeve length is about 10cm (4″)  and Sweater length from shoulder to bottom of ribbing is  15cm (6″)


CO – Cast On

BO – Bind Off

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2Tog – Knit 2 stitches together 

SKP – Slip 1, Knit 1, pass the slip stitch over

St st – Stockinette stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)


With red and 4.5mm needles,  CO 36 sts.

Work Rib for 4 rows (K1, P1)

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: Purl all sts

Row 3: Knit all sts

Row 4: Purl all sts

Row 5: K2Tog twice (decreasing 2 sts) knit to the end.

Row 6: and all even numbered rows , Purl

Row7: K2Tog twice (decreasing 2 sts) knit to the end.

Continue in this pattern (Rows 8 to 30) until there are 8 sts on the needle, ending with a purl row.

Row 31: K2Tog twice, knit 4

Row 32: Purl all sts

Row 33: BO remaining 6 sts knit wise. Cut yarn.


With red and 4.5mm needles CO 36 sts

Work Rib for 4 rows (K1, P1)

Rows 1 through 4 work as for RIGHT FRONT

Row 5: Knit to the last 4 sts, SKP twice, (decreasing 2 sts)

Row 6: and all even numbered rows, Purl.

Row 7: Knit to the last 4 sts, SKP twice, (decreasing 2 sts)

Continue in this pattern (rows 8 to 30) until there are 8 sts on the needle, ending with a purl row.

Row 31: K 4, SKP twice.

Row 32: Purl

Row 33: BO remaining 6 sts knit wise. Cut yarn.


Note:  Knit both sleeves the same.

With 4.5mm needles and faux fur yarn, CO 20 sts.

Knit 2 rows.

Cut yarn and join red yarn.

Row 1: Knitting all sts, increase 10 sts evenly across row =30 sts. (In which ever form is suitable for you.

I knit one and knit in the back of the same stitch to increase 1 st.)

Row 2: Purl

Depending on the length of your bear’s arm, continue in St st for 16 more rows total and ending with a purl row.

Row 19: K 2Tog, Knit to the last 2 sts, SKP = 28 sts.

Row 20: Purl

Then BO all sts knit wise, cut yarn.

Make second sleeve.


With red and 4.5 mm needles CO 36 sts

Work 4 Rows of (K1, P1) rib as for sweater fronts.

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: Purl all sts

Work in St st for 18 more rows (20 rows total)  ending with a purl row.

Row 21: K2Tog twice, knit to the last 4 sts SKP twice

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: K2Tog, knit to the last 2 sts, SKP, 30 sts on needle.

Continue to work in St st to Row 32 (ending with a purl row).

Row 33: BO knit wise and cut yarn.

Now you’re ready to assemble the wrap sweater, starting with the shoulder seams. Placing right sides together and matching the front and back shoulder seams, stitch them together. Then find the centre top of sleeve and match this to the shoulder seam to centre the sleeve.

 This is how the side seams should look after you’ve stitched the sleeve onto the shoulder.  This photo shows the trim already on. Thats our next step after the side seams are stitched. On the left side seam, leave enough room for I cord to pass through. Be sure to match the ribbing and armholes when stitching. If all your rows are the same, everything should line up nicely.


It’s time for the faux fur trim.

With  right sides facing,  4 mm crochet hook and faux fur yarn, make a loop. Pass hook through the decreased stitches on garment and single crochet in each of these stitches  along the sweater front edges. When you come to the back pick up stitches that have been BO and down the other side of  sweater front and end off. Cut yarn and weave in all the ends on the sweater where needed. Here is where I apologize for my lack of crochet savvy. I am not proficient in crochet by any stretch of the imagination 🙂  You could also pick up stitches with a smaller knitting needle and BO as you go along. I thought 2 rows with knitting needles  (1 row to pick up stitches and 1 row to BO) would seem bulky. As it ends up the loose single crochet row makes a nice trim.




I Cord

With 4mm Dpn pick up and knit 4 sts . along the front edge of sweater, horizontal to ribbing rows. Slide stitches to opposite side of needle. The yarn should be coming out of the left stitch. Pull the yarn from behind. *K4. Slide stitches across needle. Repeat from * until I Cord measures 20 cm (8″).  K1, K2Tog, K1. To bind off, thread yarn through large-eyed blunt needle and pull it through all 3 stitches 2 or 3 times.


Repeat for the other front side of sweater .

When putting the sweater on your bear, remember the space you allowed in the left seam of sweater and pass the I Cord through that to tie the sweater in the back.


I hope you have enjoyed todays read and like the pattern. I plan to do a couple more. If you would like a PDF download version  click this link Cheyanne’s Christmas Sweater copy

Thank you so much for stopping by, here’s to another wonderful year 0f crafting and all the best to you and yours.

Izz 🙂


January 2, 2015 · 12:50 PM

Merry Christmas From Alberta, Canada



                       Hello and wishing everyone, everywhere and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope 2014 was good to you  and I would like to wish you all the best for 2015

I’ve been stitching and knitting like a mad little elf lol.


I made a quilted patchwork tree skirt for my Son and his wife ( a special request) 🙂 It was a fun project and a learning curve.

I finished off a runner that I started last year  for our coffee table. I was pleased to get this one finished, now onto the others ….. lol


I made a couple of pillow covers from the primitive quick stitch panels I showed you in a previous post 

christmas pillow

And for the newest addition to our teddy bear family, a new Christmas sweater. And as soon as I get myself straighten around after the holidays I want to write a post about the making of Cheyanne’s Sweater 🙂


Whew… in between baking, knitting and machine embroidery, I do believe I am ready for the big day. In the new year, I have cross stitch to catch up on and a quilt top in the works and plenty of socks that are ongoing.

But its time to put my feet up for a couple of days and enjoy the holidays.

Sew….Until next year take care and have fun crafting at whatever makes you happy.

Izz 🙂


December 23, 2014 · 7:46 PM