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Have a Homespun Holiday Season

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

We here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop would like to share with you a collection of holiday items that offer a heartwarming theme of a Homespun Christmas. Decorating your home with a homespun feel evokes memories of Christmas as a child and reminds us of a simpler time. It is the material used that helps create the handcrafted or handmade look. Consider any of the Sturbridge products featured below to present your home this Christmas with country charm and character.

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

Whether or not your whole family is together for the holiday season, it can be said that all hearts come home for Christmas. If you have loved ones far away, send them a little love and let them know how much you care with a sweet Heart Button Hanger, featuring various calico and check fabrics pieced together for a patchwork look, and petite buttons that add that special handmade touch. Set of plaid County Heart Ornaments is sure to warm the heart of anyone who receives them. Give a heart to each of your closest friends and family members for a charming reminder of your friendship each time the ornament is hung. Use the sweet smell of orange and cinnamon on a Scented Heart Ornament to evoke a nostalgic feel of a Christmas past.

Heart Button Hangers
Country Heart Ornament Set Scented Heart Ornament

Christmas Postcard Pillow Decorative Pillows For Use In Every Room

Bring a bit of handmade appeal into every room with pillows that will accent your style and the season. Christmas Postcard Pillow features a vintage inspired design of a feather Christmas tree, a perched cardinal, and scrolling script alluding to the magical holiday of Christmas.

Presents for Pups has bells that jingle, tails that wag, and an embroidered feather tree with ornaments and festive accents. Woodsy Owl features leather-like fabric and button eyes on a tartan plaid background with applique felt holly to bring the whole look together and offer a natural, woodland feel.

Presents For Pups Pillow Woodsy Owl Pillow

Ideas for Your Own Homespun Christmas

1. Design handmade greeting cards with extra wrapping paper scraps, felt, and buttons.

2. Replace store-bought stockings with your personal long stockings or long socks for a vintage touch.

3. Fill a mason jar with the dry ingredients to your favorite cookies or sweet treat. Write out the recipe and attach to jar with ribbon for a great hostess gift.

4. Have an evening filled with cookie making and singing Christmas carols.

Heart Button Hangers

Tall Green Felt Tree Decorative Accents With Handmade Appeal

Fill your house and charm your guests with decorative accents that look as though you just picked them up at a local craft sale. Knit stockings, felt trees, and other items such as handmade ornaments will make your entire home feel as though it was decorated by a magical handicraft fairy (and no one ever has to know that you put it all together yourself with items from Sturbridge). Hang the stockings by the chimney with care with a set of wooden stocking hooks, made right here in America from solid wood with differently colored ends on each hook to easily distinguish which stocking belongs to which person.

Red Snowflake Knit StockingWooden Stocking Hooks

What do you do with your family to create a homespun Christmas feel each year?

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A Homespun Holiday

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Stitching in the most basic sense is a form of sewing. The history of sewing dates back to the stone age, where archaeologists believe people across both Asia and Europe “sewed” their clothes, made of fur or animal skin with a sliver of an ivory tusk as the needle and animal veins or tendons used for the string. The needle and thread of course have come a long way from this, but the history of stitching is one that is truly treasured by those who practice this art form.

We typically understand sewing to be something only used to make clothes, but when you think about it, there really is a lot that would take a stitch or two to create; shoes, household linens and the list goes on. As more textile fabrics were produced such as fine wool, silk, and later cotton, our stitching techniques improved as well. Today the thread used is either nylon, synthetic or polyester. As with the thread, the needle took on different forms too. Bronze needles became iron needles and it wasn’t until the invention of stainless steel in 1913, that we begin to see a needle that is similar to what we use today; one that won’t leave a mark on the fabric.

As the textile industry was booming in the 19th century, this is when many women who had practiced sewing there whole lives, took to the factories to use their skill. Of course the invention of the sewing machines helped in the mass production. The sewing machine had many different forms at first, with many inventors trying to claim the patent; including Isaac Merritt Singer who is responsible for the needle running safely away from the point, as opposed to towards it like previous models. We will take a look at a few of the many types of stitches, that can now be done either by hand or machine. Consider any of these Sturbridge Yankee Workshop items below for a true homespun holiday season.

Running Stitch

A running stitch is perhaps one of the easier and more popular stitches. It is formed by knotting one end of the thread and pulling it through the fabric however many times, in a line to form the desired length. Then the thread is repeated over the same area, but going in the opposite direction. This stitch is great for creating details and more defined lines. A good example of this is our Holiday Memories Pillow. Two candy cane striped stockings pair up with the classic ‘Charlie Brown tree’ and the sentiment ”holiday memories warm the coldest of days.” You can see the border around the tree is only the first layer of the running stitch, where thicker areas like the star and red in the stockings are much thicker; being a completed running stitch.


Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is typically used to give a finished look to blankets, though of course can be used for other things. It is formed by making sure that when looping the thread, it goes under the needle and pulled tight. Taking the needle to the back each time will help to secure the previous loop. This process exposes a full loop of thread creating the large blanket stitch look. An example here at Sturbridge is our Poinsettia Felt Runner. A black base is delightfully decorated with felt appliqu├ęd, red poinsettias and holly berries, green leaves and light brown swirling twigs. The highlight though, is the red blanket stitch bordering the entire table runner.


Vermicelli Stitch

A twist on the basic running stitch is the increasingly more popular vermicelli stitch. It is more or less the same as a running stitch, except each stitch is taken in a different direction. It can be a pattern such as a zig zag or completely random. Here to the right, is our Red & Plaid Quilted Pillow. The vermicelli stitching on the pillow is done in a swirling design, throughout the entire background and holly berry design, creating a quilted look. This fun holiday pillow reverses to a green and red plaid. To match, consider our Holiday Throw. The throw will showcase the vermicelli stitching even better as it reverses to a cream base, exposing the intricate details more so.


Feather Stitch

Feather stitching is a stitching technique that was popular in England during the late 1800’s. This type of stitch is perfect for creating detail and texture in flowers, leaves or “feathers,” where perhaps it got its name. To begin this stitch it is very important to secure a knot on the back side. Professionals say to imagine four lines on the fabric to get started. It involves a very close attention to detail as you bring the thread from the top of one “line” to the side and then repeated with the other lines. Alternating the two movements will create the feathered look. To the left you can see our Poinsettia Applique which features feather stitching on the poinsettia flower pot. You may even notice a slight resemblance on the black border here, to be a blanket stitch.

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