In case you were wondering (you were, right?), here's what's topping my Christmas wish list this year:
Inspired by this post on The Purl Bee earlier this year, I decided to try my hand at sashiko (Japanese embroidery). I purchased my supplies (sashiko kit, needles, cotton thread, and leather thimble) from KimonoMomo on Etsy and got started stitching. I did most of the stitching during our trip to Seattle last March--including while on the plane--and I turned the finished piece into a pillow a few weeks ago.
The lovely, graphic patterns used in sashiko are my favorite part, and I've used them in the past--like on this cross-stitch travel mug--without even realizing it.
A package of new Salty Oat goodies is currently on its way to The WonderCraft, just in time for the holiday season and EtsyAustin's November Craft Riot. Packed in the box are:
Walter the Whale and Elinor the Elephant
Heart and Letter Pins (including a few sparkly ones on gold and white aida cloth...)
If you haven't already, be sure to stop by The WonderCraft's shiny Airstream trailer and take a gander at all of the awesome, locally made things they stock; they're open every Friday and Saturday.
Two weekends ago, I had a chance to run through my very first Crafty Bastards Arts + Crafts Fair (I was on my way to work, so I couldn't stay long). While there, I picked up a swatch of screen printed fabric by Small Talk, a studio based in Baltimore.
I still haven't decided what to do with my swatch, though a pillow, like the one that Small Talk sells in its shop, is on the top of my list.
P.S. Thank you, Seaside Siblings, for the lovely mention!