Christmas

How To Mark Stitch Lines for Embroidery on Felted Fabric Easter Eggs (and Balls)

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Marking straight lines on felted fabrics can be a bit tricky. Chalk barely stays in place long enough to get the job done and marking pens seem to find the uneven texture a challenge. So I tried using masking tape and to my surprise it worked perfectly!

Masking tape clings just enough to stay in place while stitching and releases without pulling the fibers. I used the same pieces over and over - no need for a fresh piece each time a line needs to be marked.

Buon Natale from Italy. Beautiful and Unique Presepi (Nativities)

Italian Hand Carved Nativity displayed in a crystal cave

Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing with you images of several unique and beautiful presepi (nativities), most of which are personal, much loved treasures belonging to members of the EtsyItalia Team. And most have been hand made.

Presepe: A Collection of Nativity Stories from Italy by Madame Renard

Italian nativity or Precepe

Nativities have held a special place in my heart since I was a very little girl. Growing up in Santa Fe (many years ago when it was still a quiet little Spanish village) I was surrounded by beautiful nativities during the winter holidays and have never lost the feelings of awe and peace that came over me while viewing a particularly beautiful nativity.

Hail The Christmas Goat

Christmas goat

I love my Christmas Goat! In fact - he and my Dala stand near my little seasonal tree all year. I can not bear to put him away. I waited too long for him to be a part of my Christmas!

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