Christmas biscornu

Having arrived back in The Gambia this week, I’m beginning to get my breath back and turn my attention to crafty things again. I’m still beavering away at the tatting, but of course, I’m beginning to think about Christmas as well! For a Brit, the idea of Christmas when the temperature is in the 30s is a bit strange, and although Christmas is celebrated here, it’s not a huge festival. And there is nothing like the commercial frenzy that you get in the UK, and I daresay in other countries too. Last year I came back to Gambia in early December, and it was a huge relief to get away from the craziness (although I did make, wrap and deliver presents before I left).

However, last year I decided to open my Etsy shop, and at the moment I am focusing on selling cross-stitch patterns, which can be downloaded. Naturally, trying to post physical items would be impossible from The Gambia. I designed some little Christmas biscornu last year, and I’ve just reactivated the listings ready for this year. I love the quirkiness of biscornu, which are surprisingly simple to make, and don’t take too long either. They are perfect for little gifts, but they could be made into tree ornaments very simply by adding a length of ribbon.


My SAL is finished.


I have finally managed to finish my SAL! This is the first SAL (stitch-a-long) I have taken part in, and I must admit there were times when I got a bit behind, but now I have finished it, and I am very pleased with the result. This SAL was organised by Avis at ‘Oh Sew Tempting‘, and it was released in six parts. When she had finished hers, Avis mounted it in a frame, and put a withdrawn thread border around it, which inspired me. I love withdrawn thread embroidery, and I haven’t done any for ages, so I decided to add my own border, as well as some pearl beads, and make my SAL into a mat. I’d forgotten how fiddly it is withdrawing the cut threads, and it took me a while to get back into the swing of it, but in the end (like riding a bike), it all came back to me. Here is a close-up view of the beads and border:


I will definitely be taking part in another SAL, so I will keep a look-out to for another one! If you want to have a go at this pattern, you can find it here.

I have been a bit slow to update my blog this week, because I’ve been working hard on a couple of other projects, which I will share with you very soon. I hope you are all enjoying your stitching! 🙂