Copyright Red Brolly 2013
Stuck for something for your sewing friend?
Perhaps you're a quilter and you're not sure what to ask for this Christmas?
Here's some Christmas gift ideas I've piled together to give you a starting point. Some are luxurious "wants" others are at the lowere spending end of the scale.
Sewers are always very easy to buy for- I think. A pile of beautiful fabric, some pretty buttons, a stash quality thread such as Cosmo threads, a few sewing kits or even a gift voucher for their local quilt shop. Too easy...there's lots of things you can buy for someone who likes sewing and crafting. Here's a few more....
Craft Floor Lamp- Essential for any sewer is a great lamp. This floor lamp easily illuminates large workspaces, is lightweight, has a bendable neck and allows you to see the colours accurately. Make sure any lamp has what we call "cool" light, rather than warm light. Cool light allows the sewer to see the colours more accurately.
Scissors- Here, you get what you pay for. Any sewer/quilter knows that they cannot live without a pair of extra sharp, good quality scissors. Most of us have several different sized pairs. A great brand to try is Gingher.
Rotary Cutters- If you are buying for a quilter in particular, they will need a rotary cutter...with some extra blades. An essential tool for all quilters, it makes your cutting much quicker and more accurate. A brand that most quilters recommend is Fiskars.
Seam rippers- Anyone who sews will need at least one of these in their sewing kit. Gingher have just released this new seam ripper with its ergonomically designed handle and razor edge cutting blade- it's definitely on my wish list.
Top-notch iron- If your sewer is still trying to iron their quilts with a $25 special from KMart, then you need to buy them a new one. There are plently out there to choose from, but will need to pay a bit of money for them. This Oliso Pro Smart Iron is definitely on the "luxe" list. It's been specifically designed for quilters and sewers- the iron with it's specially designed plates will levitate above the fabric, only requiring you to touch it with a light touch from you hand to lower back down. When shopping look for a sharper tip, a larger ironing plate and one that retains the heat for longer.
A quilter's calendar- This calendar by Judy Hopkins would make a great gift for any beginner quilter or someone who likes to try something new. This perpetual calendar features 365 different patterns for quilt blocks. A new one for each day!
Cute sewing notions- Any sewer will love sweet sewing notions- Keep an eye out for pincushions, tape measures, pin keeps and sewing kits. This pincushion armchair and needlekeep from Cath Kidston are adorable. We can never have enough sewing bibs and bobs.
Patterns and Sewing kits- need I say more? Always loved by sewers and crafters, there are plenty around to choose from. For something different try Etsy, Purl Soho or even Red Brolly ;-)
Craft Books- Again, these will be loved. There's lots to choose from. A great place to start is The Book Depository. It offers free worldwide shipping and always has a great selection of craft books to choose from. Or try a subscription to a magazine- as the 2 lucky winners will tell in in the recent Red Brolly competition- Homespun is a lovely magazine to buy a subscription to.
Hand cream- Any sewer will tell you...their hands take a beating! I use Crabtree and Evelyn and have a tube of it near my sewing machine. Sewing really takes it out of your hands- I know mine are always dry and are in need of repair. Pick a good quality handcream, that is non greasy- we don't want greasy stains on our sewing!
Please add your thoughts, comments, suggestions and feedback below. I would love to hear what you would suggest to put under the Christmas tree for a sewer or quilter this year.
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