I am a staunch no Christmas until the 1st of December by nature but in my business I really have to get my head around Christmas so very much earlier! I have spent August thinking and planning for it and now I am sorting out kits and printed fabric panels. By the time Christmas comes I think I'll be ready for summer!
But I think there is also something quite nice about starting to think about Christmas as autumn begins because we can plan our crafty gift giving. I think anyone who loves to make things is used to thinking ahead about Christmas. It's not the stressy panicking kind of thinking but a slow enjoyable thinking.
I love to spend my autumn evenings knitting or stitching gifts for family and friends. I love choosing the design and colours to suit the person I am making the gift for but I also love the opportunity to slow down and spend some time thinking about the person while I stitch or knit. Maybe that's why so many of us love crafting, because we are doing something useful while still being able to relax and unwind.
I've especially enjoyed revisiting my Christmas tree sampler over the last couple of weeks. This is the first printing of a fabric panel that I've been testing. It's a linen cotton mix and a bit thicker and softer than the cotton that my samples have been printed on up until now. It's really lovely to stitch! I have a few tweaks to make before the final printing but I really like the fabric. I haven't gone for traditional Christmas colours because I just felt like blues and pinks. And that's another thing I love about embroidery, I can stitch it any colours I like!
So now it's probably time to look at the crafting that I want to do for this Christmas so I can spend a pleasurable autumn stitching and knitting with tea and fruit cake. Can you tell that today is a bit of a rainy autumnal day?! In fact I think I may well go make a fruit cake now I've thought about it.
What are your crafting plans for the autumn?